Residencies & Studios

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The Alliance of Artists Communities is an international association of artist residencies — a diverse field of more than 1,500 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work. Believing that the cultivation of new art and ideas is essential to human progress, the Alliance’s mission is to advocate for and support artist communities, and to advance the endeavors of artists.

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What happens when artists set up shop in an architecture and design studio? HCMA is not offering a traditional residency (i.e., no accommodations are offered), but invites artists in residency to do a portion of their work in HCMA’s studios. The length of each residency varies from one to three months depending on the project, but engagements usually involve some workshopping with the HCMA team and culminate in a show in its TILT gallery or some other public space. Artists are supported with a stipend and materials budget.

Location: Vancouver, BC; Victoria, BC
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The Albers Foundation is located on a beautiful woodland site in Bethany, Connecticut, near New Haven—thanks to funds acquired by Anni Albers for the restitution of family property in the former East Berlin. The Bethany campus includes a central research and archival storage center to accommodate the Foundation’s art collections, library and archives, and offices, as well as residence studios for visiting artists. The Foundation maintains two residential studios for visiting artists who exemplify the seriousness of purpose that characterized both Anni and Josef Albers. Residencies are designed to provide time, space, and solitude, with the benefit of access to the Foundation’s archives and library.

Location: Bethany, CT
Deadline: January 1, 2021
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Lower East Side Printshop offers emerging artists free year-long studio residencies to develop new work and foster their artistic careers. Printmaking facilities are available for intaglio, relief, monotype, water-based silkscreen, digital processes, and other techniques that employ the tools at hand. Keyholders work independently in the Printshop’s shared Artists’ Studio and have access to a vibrant community of peers. Artists from all disciplines are eligible to apply; printmaking skills are not required, but some familiarity with the medium is recommended. Keyholder Residency includes: 24/7, one-year access to a shared studio with printmaking facilities; $1,000 stipend; one free printmaking class at the Printshop; free career development workshops and salons; group exhibition opportunities; and consultation hours with Printshop printers.

Location: Buffalo, NY
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Each year the Mira Fellowship accepts a small cohort from across the globe with visions of our cultural future. Mira helps them research, test, and formulate this vision into a clear story and an actionable plan. The fellowship is cohort-based, and remotely collaborates monthly and meets in person several times a year. Each fellow receives a small research grant along with ongoing coaching, support, and access to expertise.

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The WNY Choreographers’ Initiative (WNYCI) is a program of the NYS DanceForce, in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). The WNYCI was designed to help WNY resident choreographers, in all genres, develop their choreographic skills by providing them with appropriate resources that are generally unavailable or unaffordable. These resources include a $2,500 stipend, a minimum of 24 hours of creative time with professional dancers of their choosing, and the guidance of a professional mentor, also of their choosing.

This opportunity is open to choreographers in the 17 westernmost counties of New York state: Chautauqua, Niagara, Erie, Cattaraugus, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany, Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, Yates, Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca. Applicants must have resided in one of these counties for a minimum of two years, and not be a full-time student at the time the application is submitted.

Deadline: October 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm
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Each VAWAA is an opportunity to explore, learn, and create. Go on a VAWAA to take a digital detox and reconnect with the physical world. Discover a new destination and create real local connections. Spend time inside a master artist’s studio making something with your hands. Learn a new creative skill. You can use a VAWAA to reconnect with creativity, have an authentic travel experience, hone a passion, get fresh inspiration, and so much more.

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Yaddo is a retreat for artists located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to work without interruption in a supportive environment.

Deadlines: January 5; August 1 (every year)
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Search here for studio spaces currently available in Western New York.

Live-in studio space facilitated by Belmont Housing. Gallery included in the building.

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Buffalo Arts Studio is located on Buffalo’s east side, housed within the historic Tri-Main Center. Its gallery space is comprised of over 2,000 square feet, and this is split between its public-facing Main Gallery, and the adjacent Joanna Angie Gallery. Studio spaces are occasionally available.

Posted on October 8, 2020 – two studio spots are available. Click here to learn more!

Contact: Shirley Verrico, Shirley@buffaloartsstudio.org
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The CEPA Gallery Artist Facility has both a black and white Darkroom and Digital Photo Lab available to rent to anyone who need to use the spaces. Due to COVID-19, both spaces are currently restricted to 1 person at a time. Bookings will be spaced by 30 minutes to allow for cleaning. If you need instruction on how to use either lab, please contact lauren@cepagallery.org to make an appointment for a brief tour or one to one instruction.

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The Foundry is a business incubator and education space. Its 25,000-square foot warehouse is filled with over 30 business tenants and shared makerspaces. Tenants enjoy 24/7 key access to the building, high speed internet, a security system, a meeting room, business center access, receiving and mail service, business and professional development classes, membership on resident committee, connections to The Foundry’s established network of professionals, continuous exposure to future customers, mentorship from business professionals, and discounted membership fees for shared makerspaces. Preference is given to product-based/maker-related businesses and folks who are passionate about education and mentorship.

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The Guild @980 provides artisans, artists, and other creative folks with affordable studio space and the opportunity to share ideas, experience, and resources while building and expanding their businesses. A center for green jobs, green materials, and support for the restoration arts.

Contact: info@guild980.org
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HANSA Workspace is a shared office space and modern co-working community created by Uniland in Downtown Buffalo at 505 Ellicott Street. HANSA workspace offers flexible and customized co-working, shared office, and private suites along with unique meeting rooms and special event space.

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The Niagara Frontier Food Terminal offers affordable space to artists and creatives in its historic buildings. Large industrial spaces and studios are available. Industrial space features include large open floor plans, tall exposed wood ceilings, brick walls, large windows with plenty of light, freight elevators, and 24/7 private access. Studios are in the 400-500 square foot range and include all utilities.

Contact: contact@the-nfft.com
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Tri-Main Center houses more than 100 organizations ranging from professional services, community organizations, and light manufacturing companies to educational services. There is space available on the growing Tri-Main campus, as well as next door at its newest addition: 45 Jewett Avenue.

Contact: Matt Wolfe, (716) 835-3366; info@trimaincenter.com
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Wasteland Recording is autonomously owned and operated by Brian Wantuch, an audio engineer. Services range from studio recording, mixing and mastering, video game sound, theatrical sound design and film composition, foley and ADR, live sound and sound design. The space includes a dance hall, performance space, rehearsal spaces, artists’ studios, a recording studio, and educational network.

Contact: Brian Wantuch, 716-390-3494
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Penn Dixie is willing to offer outdoor program space to any Erie County cultural group whose operations are affected by the pandemic. Their capacity is 243 guests at any time. Social distancing, mask wearing, and other safety measures are in effect and would need to be observed at all times.

Contact: phil@penndixie.org
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ART247 creates community cultural connections through exhibitions, events, public art, and education programs while providing affordable studio space and public exposure for visual artists.

Contact: (716) 404-9884; h.grimmer@theart247.com
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Studio space in the former Niagara Falls High School. Rent a large classroom-sized space from this nonprofit cultural organization.

Contact: (716) 282-7530
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Private office with a private bathroom.

Contact: Paul Brown, (716) 432-1294
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Five art studio spaces are available for rent, ranging from 88 to 125 square feet. Utilities and wifi are included.

Contact: Jeremy, (716) 261-8203; jeremy@vividbuffalo.com
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