Artist Residency Grants

FAQ

Who is eligible for a Artist Residency Grant?
Residency Grants are awarded to visual artists living anywhere in the world, who identify as Israeli or being from Israel regardless of race, religion, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political persuasion, or additional national identity.

Residency Grants are awarded to artists who have been accepted to a residency program outside of Israel, and can provide documentation of their acceptance, the costs of the program, and other details of their acceptance.

Artists must have at least two years of professional experience following completion of college or two years of professional experience exhibiting their work, and demonstrate an ongoing and active commitment to their practice.

How do you define an artist as being “from Israel”?
Artis does not maintain a definition of what being “from Israel” means. Artis does not ask applicants to define themselves and applicants may self-identify in any way or combination of ways they chose. Artis does not require proof of past or present citizenship. Applicants may have been born, lived, or currently reside anywhere in the world.

Who is not eligible for an Artist Residency Grant?
Residency Grants do not support:

  • Artists who do not identify as from Israel
  • Artists participating in and seeking support for a residency in Israel
  • Artists who are currently enrolled in school
  • Religious or sectarian projects or residencies that only engage religious audiences or communities

What kind of residencies does Artis support?
Artis will award support for a residency anywhere in the world, with a particular but not exclusive focus on key cities like New York, Los Angeles, and cultural centers in Europe. Artis will support:

  • Fully funded and partially funded residencies
  • Residencies that provide housing and ones that don’t
  • Residencies that provide significant working or studio space to accommodate the media the artist works in
  • Traditional residencies and residencies at academic institutions, museums or cultural organizations
  • Residencies that offer a schedule of professional interactions, as well as residencies designed for extended or uninterrupted studio practice

Support for residencies at institutions with a track record of success for their residents will receive priority consideration. However, Artis is open to funding any residency if the artist can make a case for why this residency will have a meaningful impact on their practice.

How much funding can I request?
Artis awards Residency Grants between $500 and $5,000 USD. Grant amounts will be determined based on the costs of the residency, travel, and other financial concerns in relationship to the overall cost and duration of the residency. Grants will be awarded either to the artist or the residency program to cover fees.

If I receive a grant, how can I use the funds?
Artis believes that managing a budget during a residency is a vital part of an artist’s professional development. Funds can be used for any expense arising from or related to the residency, including travel, residency fees, housing costs, living expenses, materials, etc.

How do you determine a successful application?
Applications are evaluated based on artistic excellence, feasibility, and the anticipated level of impact on the artist’s practice. Successful applications will be specific about the impact the residency will have and clearly demonstrate how the residency will provide important and specific opportunities for the artist.  

Can a duo or collaborative apply for a Residency Grant?
Yes, but the funds available for each residency remain between $500-5,000.

How do I apply?
Applications are only received through Artis’ online submission form. Once the grant determination has been made, the artist may not request additional funding from Artis for a residency until 12 months have passed.

What information will I be asked to provide in my application?
In addition to basic contact information, dates and location of the residency, you will be asked to provide the folling:

  • Artist’s website
  • Statement of financial and/or other support needed
    • Why is this residency significant to your practice?
    • What you will do if you do not receive this support?
  • CV including a list of any previous residencies 
  • Copy of the accepted application submitted to the residency
  • Copy of the acceptance letter from the residency and any other confirmation materials they sent you
  • A completed budget outlining the residency cost, what confirmed and anticipated funding you have received, anticipated travel, living and working expenses. Here is a helpful resource for putting together a realistic budget. 

Do you accept applications in any language other than English?
No.

When will I know if am awarded a grant?
Applications are reviewed quarterly – applicants will be notified of decisions or contacted for further information within 3 months of submitting their application. This is a competitive process that requires significant time to determine successful grantees. If there is an urgent change to your application status

If I am awarded a grant, what will be required of me?
Successful applicants are required to credit Artis as a supporter of the project in all associated press and presentation materials with the Artis Grant Program logo or “Supported by the Artis Grant Program”.Be communicative: Regularly share updates and photographs on residency and works in process with Artis for social media, newsletters, and communications.

  • Notify Artis of receipt of any additional funding for the residency or future residencies.
  • Submit a final report outlining your experience – what was successful, what you still need help with, what your next steps are, an evaluation of the budget (was your original budget realistic or reasonable – was it too high or too low?) as well as a brief evaluation of the residency program itself and if you would recommend it to other artists.
  • Wrap up conversation via Skype or phone with Artis.

Can I submit an application for two different residencies I have been accepted to?
No. Applicants who have been accepted to multiple residencies must determine which program is a priority for them, and for which they want to seek grant support.

Can I submit an application for a program I have been accepted to in the same city where I live?
Yes, you are eligible to apply for a residency program in the city where you live, and in your application you must make a case as to why the residency will be different than their regular studio practice in the same city.

Can I consult with you if I have questions?
Please write to grants@artiscontemporary.org with questions that are not answered here. Do not write directly to staff, and no phone calls, please. We will answer you as soon as possible.