Call for Artists

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Call For Artists

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park seeks artists to take part in our residency program!

We pose this challenge to our artists: look at New Bedford as a source of inspiration for their work. Possibilities can include, but are not limited to heritage, ecology, identity, and community. This residency is for artists that wish to engage with our visitors, staff, and volunteers.

Art should be accessible to all people. It is the artist’s role to act as a catalyst for both inspiration and radical inclusion.

During the residency, artists will offer two types of programs. The programs can be public workshops, talks, or demonstrations. Possibilities range from children’s craft days, to meet and greets over coffee, to Q&A sessions. Park staff are available to help artists brainstorm, help, and install program ideas. The events should occur on AHA! Nights (http://www.ahanewbedford.org/), weekends, or school vacation days. All events will be free and open to the public.

Applications will only be accepted through anyartist.org. The direct link to our call can be found here: https://www.anyartist.org/call.cfm?id=3561

Budget Description

Artists will receive three monthly installments of $833.33 over three months, totaling $2,500 for the residency.

Please note: housing is not included in this residency.

Project Description

This call is for Artist Residencies that will take place throughout 2022. We will select FOUR artists (one artist for three months at a time) to complete residencies during the following times in 2022: January-March; April-June; July-September; October-December. Please specify on your application your primary and secondary time preferences.

Our program is distinguished by the distinctive opportunities we offer participants: a $2,500 stipend, both studio and exhibition space, personalized professional development, promotional support, and material fee waivers. Applications are competitive, and only one resident will be selected per session. In the application, artists should be sure to outline the scope of their prior work, the role of the residency program in further developing their work, how New Bedford will serve as a source of inspiration, and their plan for public engagement. Strongest consideration will be given to artists who engage with all the components of our residency program. We especially encourage graduate and professional artists living in New Bedford to apply.

Available Equipment:

-2017 iMac
-Nikon D500
-Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E VR lens
-Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G
-Photo backdrops (White, Black, and Green Chromakey)
-Interactive SMART Board (SBID 7075)
-Panasonic PTMZ770U - (8,000 lumen laser projector)
-Epson DS-50000 Scanner
-TASCAM Linear PCM Recorder
-Yeti Table Top USB Mic
-iPads
-3 Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine
-5 Ukuleles
-Various hand-held percussion instruments
-Concert PA System

Eligibility:

Applications/Proposals will be judged on the following:
1. Uniqueness of the Proposal
2. Appropriate Residency
3. Artistic Merit

Selection Process:

Applications will be open from September 1- October 31, 2021, for residencies in 2022. We will select FOUR artists to complete residencies during the following times in 2022: January-March; April-June; July-September; October-December. Please specify on your application your primary and secondary time preferences.


Selections will be made in November 2021; all artists will be contacted via email no later than December 1, 2021.

The applications will be rated and paneled by a combination of former Artists-in-Residence and local art professionals.

 Selection Criteria:

Highest consideration will be given to artists based in New England, proposals that contain clearly articulated public engagement, and proposals that respond directly to this call.

 Contact Information:

Lindsay Compton
Artist in Residence and Youth Programs Coordinator
e-mail us
508-996-4095

Last updated: September 2, 2021

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