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How To Write A Killer Application For An Art Residency
Writing a successful application for an artist residency can be a daunting process.
Art Stuff 07 Mar 2023

An art residency is a program that provides artists with dedicated time and space to work on their creative projects. These programs can be found all over the world and can range in duration from a few weeks to several months or even a year.

Writing a successful application for an artist residency can be a daunting process. It requires careful attention to detail and a strong presentation of your artistic vision and goals.

Here are 8 tips to help you write a successful application!

Hadrien Gerenton – De Ateliers
HADRIEN GERENTON at the De Ateliers – Amsterdam Art Residency

Research the residency
Before you begin your application, research the residency you are interested in. Make sure it aligns with your artistic goals and the type of work you want to create.

Understand the application requirements
Make sure you understand the requirements for the application. This includes the application form, artist statement, work samples, and other materials that may be required.

ARCUS Project 2022 IBARAKI Artist-in-Residence Program - AIR_J : Online  Database of Artist in Residence Programs in Japan
ARCUS project BARAKI ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMME, Japan

Craft a strong artist statement
Your artist statement should be clear and concise and should explain your artistic vision, goals, and the type of work you want to create during the residency. Make sure to focus on the unique qualities of your work and what sets you apart from other artists.

Choose your work samples carefully
Select work samples that demonstrate your range of skills and artistic abilities. Make sure the samples are high-quality and showcase your best work.

Rabbit Island — Artist Residency
Rabbit Island Art Residency

Provide a strong proposal
Your proposal should explain how you plan to use the residency to further your artistic goals. Be specific about the type of work you want to create and how the residency will help you achieve yours and also their vision.

Show enthusiasm and commitment
Residencies are often competitive, so it’s important to show enthusiasm and commitment to your work. Be passionate about your art and show that you are dedicated to using the residency to further your artistic goals.

Call for Submissions: 2021 Centrum Emerging Artist Residency | Centrum
Centrum’s Annual Emerging Artist Residency program 

Edit and proofread
Before submitting your application, make sure to edit and proofread your materials. Check for spelling and grammatical errors, and make sure all of the required materials are included. When in doubt always ask a family member or friend to look over your application. 

Make sure your social media/website is up to scratch
And finally, make sure your website and public social media channels showcasing your work are fresh and presentable. Residencies will want to know how you can market their platform too and become a representative of their ‘brand’.

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