Tips on Residency Application


The listing below has specific dos and don’ts for artists applying for studio/residencies, which are immensely useful to artists who are either at a loss when it comes to writing out their applications or whose proposals get mired with too much unnecessary information.

Do not include photographs of yourself — they are not relevant to your artwork.

Do not send jpegs over 1mb in size. For residencies, the selection committee wants to see your work and large files are difficult to download.

Do not send in art critics; curator’s or gallerist’s writings about you as artist statements — we want to hear your voice, not someone else’s.

Do not have someone else write your application — it is very obvious when that happens. If English is difficult for you, ask someone to proof read it.

Do not reformat the application forms with different fonts and colors — it is distracting.

Do answer questions on the application directly and honestly. Think about what the institution has to gain from YOU, not just what you can gain from them- very important point.

Do think of the logistics of the residency. If a residency is only one month long, it will be difficult to create certain kinds of works, so do not propose those in your application.

Always send in captions of your work in a separate document. If you send in individual images, number each image and each caption to make it easier for the panel to connect them.

Send in your application form and deposit well in advance in order to secure your studio and avoid last minute delays and inconvenience.