Anne Darling Photography

How an Artist Residency
Can Help Develop Your Photography

An artist residency can be a great opportunity for a photographer whether you are an emerging talent or a professional already working within your chosen field. Artist residencies allow you to stay and work in a place which is often in a foreign country, and pracise your art without the normal distractions of daily life.

Undertaking an artist residency is a great way to develop your creativity and a residency program may provide facilities that would otherwise be unavailable to you. A residency often gives artists the chance to meet with other artists and possibly to work collaboratively across more than one discipline.

Below is a slide-show of some of the photographs I made for the Brittany Tourist Board as part of an artist's residency I did in 2004.

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild offers month long Artist-in-Residence opportunities for visual artists, composers, playwrights/screenwriters, and writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Longer residencies are available for ceramic artists. The artist residency sessions generally occur during the months of June, July, August, and September. The goal is to provide solitude in a community and uninterrupted time in which to concentrate on creative work alongside fellow artists.

For all visual arts, music composers, playwrights, and writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry: Each four week session is limited to 10 individuals. The cost per session is $300 USD. Candidates may apply for additional weeks in the event a space becomes available. Each session concludes with an Open Studio.

Residents are chosen by a selection committee of professionals in the arts. The major criterion for acceptance is proof of serious commitment to one's field of endeavor. Professional recognition is helpful for admission, but is not essential.

Yaddo offers residencies to professional creative artists from all nations and backgrounds working in one or more of the following media: choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Artists may apply individually or as members of collaborative teams of two or three persons. They are selected by panels of other professional artists without regard to financial means. Residencies last from two weeks to two months and include room, board, and studio.

Artists who qualify for Yaddo residencies are working at the professional level in their fields. An abiding principal at Yaddo is that applications for residency are judged on the quality of the artist's work and professional promise. Yaddo accepts approximately 200 artists each year.

There is no fee for residency. Yaddo's nonrefundable application fee is $30, to which is added a fee for media uploads ranging from $5 to $10, depending on the discipline. Application fees must be paid by credit card.

Funds exist to provide limited financial aid to artists, based on need. Only individuals who have already been invited for visits may apply for financial assistance. Specific instructions and an application form are included with each letter of invitation.

Trans Artists offer the following:

  • up-to-date, reliable information about professional artist-in-residence opportunities world wide.
  • background information about the world of artist-in-residence.
  • workshops in the Netherlands and Europe about artist-in-residence opportunities.

Here is what they do not do:

  • Trans Artists does not offer artist-in-residence programs.
  • Trans Artists does not offer guest studios.
  • Trans Artists does not judge applications.
  • Trans Artists does not supply grants.

They also have a listing for studio spaces. Artist-in-residence programs are not the only way to stay and work abroad. Did you ever consider a temporary international studio swap? Check out this Offered & Wanted Section and see what destinations trigger your imagination...

Res Artis is an association of over 400 centers, organisations, and individuals in over 50 countries. Each of their members is dedicated to offering artists, curators, and all manner of creative people the essential time and place away from the pressures and habits of every-day life, an experience framed within a unique geographic and cultural context.

Residency programs utilize a wide range of financial models. In some situations, residents must finance their own stay, finding funding and support from their own countries and networks. There are also artist residency programs that provide part or all of the required finances to invited guests.

Also check out the following: Artist Retreats - opportunities in ASIA, AFRICA, AUSTRALIA and THE MIDDLE EAST.

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