Worldwide Artists + Writers: 7 Creative Residencies to Apply for Now

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Delaware: Worldwide Call for applicants to First State National Historical Park Artist-in-Residences, March + August 2016

The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) in association with First State National Historical Park of the National Park Service now offers a Residency in Northern Delaware, close to many of the historic colonial sights of Delaware, but in a pastoral forest setting that inspired the Wyeth family. This is one of the newest parks in the National Park Service: A diverse park composed of seven different sites across the state that combine to tell the story of Delaware, from its tumultuous Swedish, Dutch, and British colonization to its declaration as the first state in the country.

This is one of the newest parks in the Park Service: a complex of varied sites all over the State. You can be inspired by the history, the urban interface of culture and past, or just work in a wintry landscape that inspired three generations of American Painters. NPAF’s Fine Art curator, along with our select judges and panelists will consider solicited proposals through a competitive application process to identify innovative and pathbreaking artists seeking residency at First State National Historical Park. National Parks Arts Foundation, and the National Park Service in synergy with many generous partner donations, will provide lodging in a rustic farmhouse, a studio, and a venue for workshops and lectures and a possibility of donating art to National Collections.

In addition to their residency, the selected artist will have the opportunity to present lectures and workshops, exhibit their art and will donate art inspired by their stay in the park to First State National Historical Park or National Parks Collections, through the NPAF. This program aims to fulfill and exceed goals for Park Arts Programs as indicated in the NPS guiding document issued for the Centennial of the Park Service to be celebrated in 2016.

The actual residency location is just outside Wilmington, just a mile from the Delaware-Pennsylvania border, in the center of the pastoral Beaver Valley Unit of First State National Historical Park. Consisting of an upstairs apartment in an old farmhouse with a studio space in the building next door. Surrounded by trails, the property is an ideal location for finding inspiration in the bucolic settings of the Brandywine Valley.  Across the way are open fields and farm and woodlands. Artists will need a vehicle to explore the Brandywine Country as well as travel to the other park locations.

Artists are housed at the Park in a house with an included studio space, provided by Park Partners. There is a full kitchen, ample air-conditioning and wifi. No pets allowed.

Application fee: $25 for 3 images or $35 for a video or audio clip.

March Term Applications Due: January 1, 2016
March Finalist & Alternates Selection(s) Announcement Date: January 20th, 2016
March Artist in Residence Term: March 1st – March 31th, 2016

August Term Applications Due: June 1, 2016
August Finalist & Alternates Selection(s) Announcement Date: June 20th, 2016
August Artist in Residence Term: August 1st – August 31, 2016


Fire Island

Fire Island: Worldwide Artists invited to apply for the 2-week Fire Island National Seashore Artist-in-Residence Program 

The rhythmic waves, high dunes, ancient maritime forest, historic landmarks, and wildlife of Fire Island make it a special place. Far from the pressure of nearby big-city life, the dynamic barrier island beach, including the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness Area, offer solitude and spiritual renewal. When Fire Island National Seashore was established in 1964, its enabling legislation stated that the preexisting communities and commercial uses would be allowed to remain. The dynamic balance of this environmental treasure with human habitation has lead to a culture steeped in artistic tradition.

Artists accepted into the program will be based in national park housing located at Watch Hill on Fire Island. The house is fully furnished and is accessible by ferry or boat only. Artists must provide and transport groceries and personal amenities. Artists should be in reasonably good health and expect solitude, damp conditions, and be prepared for insects, including ticks and mosquitoes.

Choice of dates in 2016:

  • May 21-June 4
  • June 5-June 19
  • September 3-September 17
  • September 18-October 2

$35 application fee; deadline to apply: February 5, 2016.




Isle of Skye, Scotland: Worldwide Call for 12-week Visual Artist Residency

Online applications are now being welcomed for the fourth Sgoilearachd Jon Schueler/Jon Schueler Scholarship, Visual Artist in Residence, an exciting international residency opportunity to take place in Skye in the summer/autumn of 2016.

In a unique international partnership between Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language, Culture and the Arts (Scotland) and the Jon Schueler Charitable Trust, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to come and research, develop and produce work for 3 months in the dedicated artist’s studio in a spectacular setting overlooking The Sound of Sleat, the place which so inspired Schueler as an artist.

The Scholarship is open to international artists (including Scottish and UK) working to the highest level of contemporary professional practice in a visual medium and with a particular interest in landscape and the environment. Artists must have completed formal arts education at least 3 years previously.

The annual (2013 -2016) visual arts scholarship has been set up in celebration and in memory of the life, work and artistic influence of internationally renowned artist and abstract expressionist, Jon Schueler (1916-1992), in recognition of his very special relationship with the landscape and environment of the Sound of Sleat.

The aims of the residency are:

  • To provide a visual artist working to the highest level of contemporary practice a period of research, development and production in a unique environment;
  • To promote Skye, The Gàidhealtachd and Scotland as an exciting, distinct and inspiring place to work for a contemporary artist, and to promote the exchange of ideas.

The residency is for 12 weeks and will take place from July 18–October 7, 2016.

The Artist will receive:

  • A residency fee of £8,000 for the 12-week period
  • An allowance of £500 for materials
  • Provision of an artist’s studio with ICT service and support
  • Reasonable travel costs of a single return trip to undertake the residency in Skye
  • Accommodation on campus

The Scholarship will enable a visual artist to come and work in and from the large Visual Arts Studio, based within the FÀS Centre for the Creative and Cultural Industries, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, in a rich and multi-disciplinary arts environment. The Stiùidio Ealain is a custom-built working Visual Artist studio. Perched high over the rocky shoreline and looking out over the Sound of Sleat and Knoydart.

Free to apply by February 3, 2016.


Open Call to US + Canadian Artists: Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program in Alaska/BC/Yukon

Together, the Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service are seeking three visual artists – one from Canada, one from the United States and one regional (Yukon or Alaskan residents) to participate in a cross‐border creative journey within Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Alaska + Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site in British Columbia.

Each year, selected artists will follow the infamous Chilkoot Trail “once trod by Tlingit First Nation traders and Klondike Gold Rush stampeders” for two weeks. Average hikers take four to five days to complete the trek, whereas with support from Trail staff and from a friend or family member of their choice, artists are able to take time to interact with hikers, make art, and soak in the natural and historic beauty of the Trail.

The residency program holds a joint goal for the US National Park Service and Parks Canada: to increase public awareness of the Chilkoot Trail, particularly in major cities. By creating art during and after the hike, and by leading workshops and/or art talks on the trail and in nearby communities, artists inspire Canadians and Americans to appreciate the legacy of the Chilkoot Trail. For the Yukon Arts Centre, the residencies are a way of fostering the Yukon’s creative and cultural economy by developing ties with tourism, bringing new and broader audiences into contact with contemporary artists; providing a stimulating working experience for artists; and encouraging art making that explores and even challenges ideas and issues in landscape art.

Residents are provided with $1000 honorarium, plus various awards and support from sponsors. Selected artists may alsobring one support person of their choice. Full program details can be found here.

Free to apply by February 1, 2016.



Orcas Island, Washington: 2 Scholarships Available for Writer Island, February 26-28, 2016

Rejuvenate yourself and your writing with a weekend immersed in nature on beautiful Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands. The weekend retreat is designed to give you and your writing a fresh perspective in stimulating surroundings but without the distractions of home. The next Writer Island takes place the weekend of February 26-28, with writers Ana Maria Spagna and Melissa Hart.

Spend three days at the cusp of spring, and enjoy an infusion of new craft techniques, island charms, and the stimulating conversation of other serious writers. This year’s workshop will focus on prose fiction and nonfiction and takes place at the historic Kangaroo House Bed & Breakfast.

The Doug & Ann Johnson Scholarship for Writer Island covers the workshop fee and two nights’ lodging including breakfast at your choice of Otter’s Pond Bed & Breakfast, Turtleback Farm Inn, or Kangaroo House Bed & Breakfast. To apply, submit a $15 application fee along with a one-page writing sample, and up to 100 words on why the workshop will benefit your writing practice. $15 application fee; deadline to apply is January 31, 2016 with a decision by February 7, 2016.



NYC: Worldwide call for 9-month studio residency program with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Emerging visual artists, performing artists, and writers working in all media and genres are eligible to apply. Workspace is a good fit for applicants who are:

  • Generating new and original work and engaged in a contemporary dialogue
  • Seeking to foster a rigorous practice by dedicating time and focus to the creative process
  • In need of studio space in which to experiment and develop new work
  • Seeking a community of peers to engage in creative and professional dialogue over nine months in Lower Manhattan
  • Seeking to make connections with a network of curators, presenters, dramaturgs, editors, and other arts professionals working in and around New York City
  • Interested in opportunities to share in-progress work with audiences

Visual artists and writers who work independently or as a collaborative pair (no more than 2) are eligible to apply. Eligible collaborative applicants should submit one application and a joint biography and resume that demonstrate a history of collaboration.

Performing artists and arts groups (no more than 3 in a group) are eligible to apply. Eligible performing arts group applicants should submit one application and an integrated biography and resume that demonstrate a history of collaboration or work as a performing arts group.

International artists are eligible for this program. Please note that LMCC offers studio space only, NOT living space. If accepted, international participants are responsible for their own visa, travel, living, and housing expenses and arrangements. LMCC can only offer minimal assistance to international residents in securing necessary immigration documents. The small stipend/materials fee will not be sufficient for living expenses.

Applicants must choose to apply as a visual artist, performing artist, or writer; applicants cannot apply in multiple categories. Commercially focused artists with a client-based practice should review the resources offered by Workspace to determine if the program is appropriate for their artistic practice.

Artists provided with 24/7 access to a private or semi-private partitioned studio, which may have a fourth wall/door that can be closed, within a larger shared space. Individual studio spaces are approximately 150–300 square feet, equipped with a desk, chair, and basic overhead lighting. Also provided:

  • One-time stipend of approximately $1,100
  • Electricity and wireless internet
  • Heat and air conditioning seasonally during regular business hours
  • Access to a slop sink and small, personal, storage lockers

Please note:

  • Housing is NOT provided
  • There are NO medium- or technique-specific facilities such as a woodshop or media lab
  • Artists must provide their own tools; some restrictions apply

Free to apply by January 28, 2016.


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Steinbeck Creative Writing Fellows Program at San José State University

Program Description:

The Steinbeck Fellows Program of San José State University (SJSU), which was endowed through the generosity of Martha Heasley Cox, offers emerging writers of any age and background the opportunity to pursue a significant writing project while in residence at SJSU. The emphasis of the program is on helping writers who have had some success, but not published extensively, and whose promising work would be aided by the financial support and sponsorship of the Center and the University’s creative writing program.

The Steinbeck Fellowship Program is named in honor of author John Steinbeck and is guided by his lifetime of work in literature, the media, and environmental activism. The program offers the opportunity to interact with other writers, faculty and graduate students, and to share their work in progress by giving a public reading once each semester during the fellowship.  The fellowships afford a stipend of $10,000. Residency in the San José area is required during the academic year (approximately September 1 – May 20).

Fellowships Offered:

Currently, SJSU offers one-year fellowships in Steinbeck scholarship and in creative writing, including fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, and biography. Applications in poetry will not be accepted. In awarding fellowships, the selection committee considers the quality of the candidate’s proposal and any factors that would lead to expectations of future publication and other achievement. The creative writing fellowship does not require that there be any direct connection between Steinbeck’s works and that of the applicant. Fellows may not be enrolled in a degree program during the fellowship period.

Stipend: $10,000. Residency in the San José area is expected during the academic year. 

Application Requirements:

  • Proposal or Prospectus for Work to be Written (one to three pages including timeline).
  • Resumé.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (sent directly from recommender)
  • Writing Sample (no more than thirty pages).

Announcement of Awards: April 2016.

Note: Starting in Fall 2015, applications are accepted online only.

Deadline: Postmark of January 2, 2016. Apply Now


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