Blog 10 / Artist in Residencies: Thinking Out of the Box... and into the Swimming Pool / by steve joseph

The private pool at the "Mount Washington Glass Residency".

The private pool at the "Mount Washington Glass Residency".

Similar to how 'pop up galleries' have gained popularity, challenging the traditional (old fashioned) gallery format, I'd like for you to consider creating your own artist-in-residency program. 

Those of you in my classes have listened to my lecture on how to best choose a residency. At the end of 2014 I will have been invited to, and attended 10 artist-in-residency programs from Key West Florida, Salvador Brazil, to Delhi India. All were completely different and offered a variety of bells and whistles. If you are interested to find websites that list information on traditional residencies, view Bio/CV page, half way down. Here I have 5 links that offer hundreds of calls to enter.

In 2014 I organized the "Mount Washington Glass Residency" at a private glass studio in LA. It is a self-directed work visit which includes the best parts of my past 10 residencies. If you are organized, adventurous, and want to take your career into you own hands read on...

Important: Have a large workspace to share.

Important: Have a large workspace to share.

My artist-in-residency program has no competition, no submission forms, deadlines or time restrictions, little paperwork and loads of benefits. And you have complete control. 

Here are a check list to start you in the right direction:

- Find an artist with a large workspace.

- Do what you can to make sure your personalities match.

- Discuss your working hours and any specific tools/machinery you need.

- Propose a working visit. 

- Discuss dates and living accommodations. 
  Is there an extra bedroom or a room your can rent in the neighborhood?

- Discuss what techniques you can share.

- Research professional contacts you want to make.

- Plan gallery and museum visits, and meetings with other artists or collectors.

- Look at what traditional residencies offer and add the items you like best.

Most importantly use this time to discuss how you want to improve your career. It is a perfect time to be outside of the distractions in your home studio, and have time to thoughtfully discuss your personal goals with a fellow artist. Whenever I return from a residency I have a fresh attitude of the direction of my career.

Remember this is a working visit, not a vacation. Decide what projects you will be working on, bring supplies, and set the work hours. Plan some time for outings, exercise and private time to relax.

Take time to chill.

Take time to chill.