Eastside International

General information

Brief description of organisation

Eastside International (ESXLA) is an artist-run contemporary art exhibition space and international artist residency based in Los Angeles, California, directed by artist Jason Ramos.

Founded in 2014 by Ramos and artists Michelle Carla Handel and Molly Shea, Eastside International’s artist in residence program hosts up to five artists to live, work, and immerse themselves in the Los Angeles art community. ESXLA’s parallel exhibition program features the work of local, national, and international emerging and established artists in a non-commercial alternative venue.

Eastside International is one of the EMERGE Projects fiscally sponsored by Fulcrum Arts

Eastside International is located at 602 Moulton Ave, at the Brewery Art Colony, between Lincoln Heights and Chinatown (90031), east of the LA River.

Contact us at info@eastsideinternational.com

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Description of residency program
Eastside International (ESXLA) is an artist-run, alternative, contemporary art exhibition space and international artist residency based in Los Angeles, California directed by artist Jason Ramos.

A community of artists live and work in Eastside’s facility, and the space has been in continual artist-run operation for over a decade. The AIR accommodations are for working artists; the facility is operated out of a converted industrial space on the grounds of the Brewery Art Colony. The AIR program at Eastside is artist-run, semi-communal, co-ed, and cooperatively operated with common areas, kitchen, WC and other facilities shared by the 5 resident artists, and studio renters at the building. The director and other artist-supporters all financially contribute to the costs of running Eastside International and all work is entirely volunteer based. The costs for the AIR are kept as low as possible and help cover all the maintenance, overhead, and exhibition programming. ESXLA is currently fiscally sponsored by the Pasadena Arts Council.

Eastside provides a space for the making of art and participating in the Los Angeles contemporary art community and is not recommended for artists expecting luxury accommodations, preferential treatment, or a vacation resort experience.

Duration of residency
Currently, the self-structured residency lasts from 1, 2, or 3 months.

Full schedule of available residency months available at eastsideinternational.com/air

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance.
Applications across all visual art disciplines accepted. No specialized on-site equipment. Communal hand and power tools, art installing hardware, limited supply of building materials, digital audio-visual equipment, computer printer and wi-fi internet available for use by resident artists within the facility.

The residency includes a bedroom and use of communal kitchen, WC, shower, and free laundry facilities.

Studio/ workspace
The residency includes an adjoining studio, 150-200 sq ft.

Fees and support
Residency fees for the above cycle are currently set at $1,600 US per month, plus $750 refundable deposit. $10 application fee.

Eastside International itself does not currently offer any kind of financial aid or stipends to residents. All funding is the responsibility of the applicants. We can, on request, provide documentation to applicants or funders in regards to receipt of application materials and/or an applicant’s acceptance to the AIR program.

Expectations towards the artist
To make work, connect with other artists, spaces, galleries, curators, and others and explore Los Angeles. Accepted applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the start of the residency. Pets, live music, or use of overly-hazardous materials cannot be permitted. A deposit in the amount of half of one month’s fee will be required to secure the residency once accepted, to be refunded up to 30 days after the end of the residency, if all residency terms and conditions have been met.

Application information
Application responses are usually within 2 weeks. Many applications are recieved; not all applicants are accepted. Acceptance as an AIR is determined by the directors of Eastside International. Longer residencies (3 months) are given preference to shorter stays. Full application procedure is at eastsideinternational.com/air.


Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Painting
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Eastside International (fiscally sponsored by Pasadena Arts Council)

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Other

Guests of residents, including partners/companions allowed on limited basis, and incurs an additional resident guest fee

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Cleaning
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Kitchen
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Exhibitions
  • Performances, community events, discussion groups, readings

How to reach

Nearest airport