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The SPACE residency program provides a unique working environment for emerging and mid-career artists seeking support for their practice. Visual artists, filmmakers/media artists, writers, sound artists, collaborative groups and curators who are not currently enrolled in an academic program and live outside of Maine are eligible to apply. As a civically and socially engaged arts organization, SPACE strongly encourages artists who understand themselves as being outside the privilege of heteronormative, white-centric identity to apply. Preference will be given to artists whose practices engage with contemporary issues and socially relevant concepts. The 2018 spring residency program is made possible through a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

During the spring of 2018, three artists will be selected for residencies lasting between two to four weeks, depending on the amount of time each project necessitates. Each resident is offered 24- hour access to housing and a private studio space. Additionally, each artist will be awarded a $1000 stipend, which can be used to assist with transportation and/or childcare expenses related to the residency. Other resources such as projectors, a/v equipment, hardware, and tools can be made available upon reasonable request. Residents are also granted free access to all SPACE programs (films, concerts, community forums etc.) during their stay.

While in residence at SPACE, visiting artists are expected to make the most of their self-directed schedule. They are required to be involved with at least one public engagement program that connects their work to the community, which can take the form of an artist talk, a performance, a reading or other comparable event. They should also expect periodic requests for content for SPACE's marketing outlets including but not limited to Instagram posts, Facebook events, website updates, weekly newsletters and more.

One resident will be selected to be a Pickwick Independent Press Fellow. Pickwick Independent Press is a fine art printmaking shop located on the second floor of the SPACE building in the heart of downtown Portland. PIP Fellows will receive 24-hour access to the shop, a basic orientation and a four-hour workshop in one print technique with Pickwick Director and Master Printer, Pilar Nadal. PIP Fellows will be granted 24-hour access to the print shop after successfully completing the orientation and workshop. A limited amount of basic materials will be provided to produce work at PIP during the residency. Fellows are welcome to PIP's wide range of services and workshops, though the costs associated with additional time, materials, services or workshops beyond the basic package provided by SPACE will be the Fellow's financial responsibility. For more information about Pickwick Independent Press please visit the FAQ section on our website.

Residencies are available during the following weeks:

Monday, March 19 - Sunday, March 25
Monday, March 26 - Sunday, April 1
Monday, April 2 - Sunday, April 8
Monday, April 9 - Sunday, April 15
Monday, April 16 - Sunday, April 22
Monday, April 23 - Sunday, April 29
Monday, April 30 - Sunday, May 6
Monday, May 7 - Sunday, May 13
Monday, May 14 - Sunday, May 20
Monday, May 21 - Sunday, May 27
Monday, May 28 - Friday, June 1


To be considered, applicants must:

  • Not be enrolled in an academic program
  • Live outside of Maine
  • Articulate how time spent in SPACE's artist-in-residence program will benefit their practice
  • Submit up to ten work samples made within the last three years
  • Submit a bio and/or CV

Each application will be evaluated based on the following questions:
  • How will this residency be meaningful to the applicant's practice?
  • To what degree does the application align with the program's mission to highlight the contributions of LGBTQ artists and artists of color?
  • How does the applicant address community?
  • To what degree does the applicant demonstrate a compelling use of materials?
  • To what degree does the applicant demonstrate artistic excellence?



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