Dual Workspace Residency Program

The Artists Alliance Inc + Dieu Donné Dual Workspace Residency Program is entering its second year! 

With a focus on experimentation and collaboration, the collaborative residency will offer artists the opportunity to explore paper pulp as an artistic medium and encourage emerging visual artists to explore the creative possibilities inherent in the hand papermaking process and to develop this medium as a contemporary art form. 

Offered in tandem with Dieu Donné’s Workspace Residency, applicants can opt-in to be considered for a dual studio-based residency in Artists Alliance’s LES Studio Program. Based in Lower Manhattan, the LES Studio Program provides free six-month residencies to under-represented, emerging and mid-career artists. One out of the four 2025 Workspace Residents will participate in this dual residency.

Applicants for the dual program must be available March 1 – August 31, 2025 to complete the studio-based portion of the residency.

In addition to the studio component of the program, the selected artist will receive a solo exhibition at AAI’s Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space in 2026, and will be considered for participation in Public Works, AAI’s collaborative commission-based program that aims to integrate contemporary art practices with the missions of institutions within and outside of the art field. AAI’s 2025 Public Works programming will focus on collaborations with LES public school students who participate in artist-led workshops. Separate artist fees and material support are provided for these activities.

Competitive applications for the dual Dieu Donné x Artists Alliance Workspace Residency will convey a clear vision for how the Artists Alliance studio space will enhance the creative practice and/or artistic output of the residency. Applicants for the dual residency opportunity will simultaneously be considered for the standard Dieu Donné Workspace Residency.

DUAL WORKSPACE RESIDENCY BENEFITS

  • An introduction to the medium and process of hand paper making;
  • One-one mentorship with Dieu Donné papermakers;
  • Five days in the Dieu Donné studio with a dedicated collaborator (non-consecutive);
  • A $500 honorarium;
  • Fully-funded shared studio space in historic Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Education Center in the heart of the Lower East Side. The furnished studio has 24-hour access and WiFi;
  • The opportunity to present work to curators and critics through AAI-organized studio visits;
  • A solo exhibition at AAI’s Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space in 2026;
  • Consideration for participation in Public Works, AAI’s collaborative commission-based program that aims to integrate contemporary art practices with the missions of institutions within and outside of the art field.

For more information about the program please visit the Artists Alliance FAQ page.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Residencies are open to emerging visual artists who live in New York State.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. 
  • Artists from all disciplinary and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 
  • Applications will not be accepted from students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs, or other intensive programs, during the program year.
  • No prior papermaking experience is required.

TIMELINE
approximate and subject to change

May 18, 2024 : Application opens
June 30, 2024: Application closes at 11:59p ET
Grace period of three days if application was started
July 2024: Jury deliberations
August/September 2024: Finalists interviewed
Late September/October 2024: All applicants notified of application statu
February 2025: Workspace group orientation at Dieu Donné
March – September 2025: AAI studio access; DD studio work day period
Autumn 2025: Residency cycle ends and culminates in group exhibition

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications are only accepted via our online Slideroom portal; please do not mail or e-mail materials.

Artists apply for the Workspace Residency and Dual Residency on Slideroom, due 11:59pm EDT on June 30, 2024, which requires answering a few questions, providing a current resume, and uploading up to eight portfolio images.

A rotating jury of artists, curators, critics, and art professionals select finalists based on the quality of the work samples, applicants’ diverse disciplinary background, and applicants’ diverse point of view. Three dual workspace finalists from the juried application round will advance to a second round of in person interviews with the Dieu Donné and Artists Alliance teams. One final residency will be awarded.

Due to the volume of applications, we cannot offer individual feedback at this time. There is no application fee.

Accessibility: Please note that AAI’s studio space is shared between four artists and individual studio space is approximately 170 square feet and partitioned without a door. The studio is located on the 4th floor of the Clemente building, which does not have an elevator (elevator is under construction with estimated completion date of spring 2025), nor is it currently accessible to individuals with certain physical disabilities. If applicants have questions about the accessibility of the studio space, or would like to request accommodations, please email Jodi Waynberg at jodi@artistsalliance.org