Deadline: 20/04/2018

The Birdsell Project Summer Residency

The Birdsell Project invites artists to create site-specific installations in unique spaces.

Description of residency program
The Birdsell Project seeks to revitalize underutilized spaces by opening them to artists and the community in South Bend, a rust-belt city in northern Indiana. The Birdsell Project creates community space that reflects upon South Bend’s history, celebrates current artistic endeavors, and experiments with methods of merging art and community.

Duration of residency
The 2018 summer residency is seven weeks long and will culminate in a show in a century-old production facility that once housed a dry-cleaners. The building, Vested Interest, is a large industrial space that is home to a number of businesses and creative endeavors. 

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
The Birdsell Project Residency Program invites artists to create work in underutilized buildings. Artists participating in the residency will create site-specific installations that respond to the spaces they are working in, allowing artists and the public new ways to contemplate and understand these spaces. The program offers a collaborative environment for participating artists as well as engages them with the community at large.

Artists will be provided a private room in a communal house with a shared kitchen and bathroom. The house is within walking distance of downtown South Bend and will be shared with fellow artists, community members, and residency directors.

Studio/ workspace
The primary workspace during the residency is the installation space provided to each artist. The residency does also offer a large garage equiped with worktables and a selection of tools for artists to create components of their installations offsite.

Fees and support
We host 5-10 residents at a time and provide a unique installation space, a material stipend and housing.

Expectations towards the artist
Artists are expected to spend the duration of the residency creating a site-specific installation for an exhibition that will open the final weekend of the residency. Along with creating work, artists are expected to attend weekly group critiques and a weekly dinner with fellow residents and guests from the community.

Application information
To apply please visit our website at for application information or follow the instructions below.

Please send the following to by April 20, 2018 as well as a $25 Application fee, payable through Paypal at the link below.

– Resume/CV
– 10-20 Images of previous work with title, dimensions, media, and short description
– Contact information for 2 references
– Completed Short Answers (one paragraph for each question)

What attracts you to The Birdsell Project residency program?

What would you like to gain from this experience?

What will you add to the communal living space and collaborative work environment?

Describe your artistic interests (influences, general artist statement, direction).

Submit a short proposal describing your ideas for the space and what areas you are most interested in working in. For photos and a description of each installation space, please visit our website at

The Birdsell Project Summer Residency

The Birdsell Project Summer Residency

United States of America

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