Tips for Residency Applicants by Artsy

6 Tips for Making the Most of an Art Residency

By Alina Cohen

Exterior view of the MacDowell Colony’s James Baldwin Library. Photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo. Courtesy of the MacDowell Colony.

Residencies can offer a temporary paradise for artists of all disciplines. For weeks or months, they provide a home away from home, without the distractions of everyday life. While living onsite, attendees get to meet other passionate, creative practitioners and spend their days devoted to work in their own studios. Residencies can also feature state-of-the-art tools for artists interested in experimenting with new processes.

At best, a residency can be idyllic—when you come prepared. If you’re considering applying to a residency, or you’re about to attend one, there are steps you can take and missteps you can avoid to ensure the best possible experience. Below, we’ve culled advice from residency representatives who want participants to make the most of their time.

If you want more information on how to find, fund, and apply for residencies, visit the website of the Alliance of Artists Communities.

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