Creative Residencies FAQ
Applying to Eyebeam Residency or Fellowship
International/out of town applicants
Out of town residents and fellows are responsible for their travel costs, accommodation, and moving expenses. Eyebeam staff will assist as much as possible with locating accommodation in New York. We can also provide advice in contacting agencies to help negotiate Visa requirements to live and work in the United States.
Residency and fellowship applicants interested in being considered for a future cycle should indicate this preference in the the application form. This can be helpful when taking into consideration the length of time to procure the appropriate visa.
Residency vs. Fellowship: What’s the difference?
The residency is project based. Residents are not required to spend specific amounts of time at Eyebeam, though special consideration is given to applicants who plan to use the resources to the fullest. Residency calls go out twice a year, generally in October (March start date) and May (September start date).
The fellowship program reviews an individual’s overall practice as an artist or technologist, and considers how they might fit into Eyebeam’s environment and contribute to the organization’s growth and public engagement. Fellows are required to spend at least four weekdays at Eyebeam each week, during business hours. Fellowship calls go out once a year, generally in October with a mid-March start date.
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Can a collaborative apply for a residency?
Collaborative projects are eligible for the residency program with up to three members. Please provide resumes and work samples for each collaborator, and describe the contribution of each collaborator in the online application form. Collaborators share the $5,000 residency stipend.
The fellowship program does not accept group applications. While fellows do often collaborate both within and outside of Eyebeam, each applicant is reviewed based on how they as an individual fit within the overall cohort of incoming fellows.
The $5,000 residency stipend is paid in three installments. The first 1/3 is paid in the first week of the residency period, and the second and third portations provided upon completion of the equivalent time period of the program.
Fellows are paid $30,000 over an 11-month period.
Visiting Eyebeam Before Applying
We hold an Open Studios event twice per year. These open events will allow you a chance to meet current residents and fellows. Also, stopping by and looking at the space and current artists' work is helpful as well.
Attendance requirements are not placed on the residency program. However, residents are strongly encouraged to spend as much time as possible at Eyebeam. Special consideration is given to applicants who will take full advantage of the resources in the building. Fellows are expected to spend at least four full days per week at Eyebeam, from approximately 10AM–6PM.
All current fellows and residents are provided 24/7 access to the building. Residents and fellows are expected to attend group meetings (like monthly Stop Work meetings and Residency Check-In meetings) and Eyebeam events as frequently as possible. They are also encouraged to actively participate in Research Groups (see call description for more information).
Residents and fellows are expected to possess the skills necessary to fabricate/produce their projects. If they do not have the skills themselves, they must show an ability to identify and learn the required skills themselves or to independently locate collaborators to perform the work. Eyebeam does not provide project-specific technical assistance to residents or fellows. However, Eyebeam artists often assist one another as a natural byproduct of working in a communal lab environment and through SkillShares.
Work spaces provided to residents and fellows
Eyebeam does not have private studios. Residents and fellows are provided dedicated desks and storage cabinets within one of the labs. All worktables, tools, prototyping equipment, and editing facilities are communal. Please describe your space/equipment needs as thoroughly as possible in your application so that the jury can assess how you and your project might fit within Eyebeam. An abbreviated equipment inventory is available.
Where can I learn more?
Check out our How To Apply discussion with guests former Fellow Michael Mandiberg and Curatorial Fellow Lindsay Howard, moderated by Director of Programs and Residencies Roddy Schrock. It gives a good overview of the process and what we're looking for.