The last decade there is a steady rise in artist’s residencies. Artists enjoy to work abroad and get in contact with a different art scene and culture. But is it worth to attend an artist residency?
Most artists believe attending a residency is a positive experience but there are several things an artist has to consider before applying for a residency.
There are a variety of artist’s residencies on offer. Some artists residencies cover all the expenses of the artist taking part.(accommodation, transfer and living cost are covered).Some residences cover only a fraction of these cost and other residencies request a payment usually to cover the cost of the residency. Also the duration of a residency varies from a week to a year. The best way to choose a residency is to think about what you want to achieve in your career or work. Some residencies are part of a community offering interaction with the local people, others host only one artist at a time and others are artists’ colonies offering the opportunity to meet other artists. Also the place where a residency is located is important .Many residencies are part of a museum, university, art center or artists group galleries offering the opportunity to gain from a different art scene and create contacts for ones work. Before applying always check the safety and reputation of a place especially in far away locations. Write a clear proposal of what work you are interested to pursue during the residency and always send a thorough portfolio. Applications for residencies are competitive.
An artist will definitely benefit from a change of surrounding, create new contacts and most of the times inject new enthusiasm his work.
Here are some good addresses to start searching for a residency:
The MacDowell Colony (U.S.A.)
Unesco-Aschberg Bursaries for artists
Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin – Ireland)
Artists Residency with Cooperations, (Luxemburg)
Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht (Holland)
Nordic Artists Centre, Dale (Norway)
Centre d’Art I Natura Farrera De Pallars (Spain)
UCROSS Foundation (U.S.A.)
Trans artists Foundation (Holland)
Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral (Germany)
Lademoen Kunstverrerksteder (Norway)
The website Alliance of Artists Communities gives good info how to choose and prepare a portofolio or statemnet to apply succesfully for a residency. It has also extensive info on residencies in the U.S.A.
The website http://www.re-title.com advertises residencies, exhibitions, bursaries and events worldwide.