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PM Residency

  

Antenna’s Paper Machine Residency supports artists in the development of creative projects and public programs that explore and expand the possibilities of print-based artistic inquiry. The program annually welcomes up to 6 artists -- with a mix of local and national/international artists to realize unique proposals for print-focused projects and public programs. Over the course of a month long residency at Paper Machine, Artists-in-Residence will: 1) develop original editioned work under the broadly-defined rubric of printmaking, including publications, sculptural books, zines, multiples, and other such works; and 2) will present complementary programs that engage the public in their artistic process, including participatory compositions, workshops, or artist talks.  Selected Artists will be awarded a $1500 honorarium, paid travel to and from New Orleans, a month long stay in the Paper Machine residency space, and assistance in development/execution of a 300 piece edition with 50 copies given to the artist. All materials will be provided for the production of the edition .        


Paper Machine is a 5,000 square-foot center for creator-driven publishing in the Lower 9th Ward, which houses a range of new and traditional technologies: commercial-grade digital & foiling presses as well as letterpress and silkscreen, direct-to-garment, 3D printing equipment, and full book bindery. The second floor offers affordable studio space for local artists and the Artist Book Collection at Paper Machine, a teaching collection of artists’ books, editioned and one-of-a-kind productions spanning visual art, literary art, graphic design, printmaking, bookbinding, papermaking, and publishing. 


Projects
Artists must apply with a proposed project. We understand that these ideas may morph throughout the residency, or even between application and arrival. Ultimately, Paper Machine exists to support each artist’s creative process and what happens where it intersects with print-based technologies. We ask for a written proposal and supporting images in the application in order to get a sense of how an artist might use their residency, but we know that things may change. Because the print center may be an overwhelming environment for some at the beginning, a proposal provides a great place to start, but we expect many artists’ projects will diverge from the original proposals.


Public Program
We ask that all Paper Machine residents propose some kind of Public Program. This could be an artist talk, workshop, collaborative project, or anything else that creates a moment for our community to engage with you and your project. This will be proposed after selection.

 
Support Materials
Support Materials can include examples of past work, focused on a detailed explanation of one past project and then a portfolio of up to 10 works. You are asked to describe your project proposal and you can include a pdf that expands upon your project proposal description. 


Important Dates
November 14, 2019: Deadline for applications
December 2019 : Residents announced
April 2020 - November 2020 : Month long residencies hosted (timeframe based on the schedule of the artist)

Eligibility
 -Open to visual artists, writers, collectives, or long-term collaborative projects.
-Applicants must be working in their field of expertise for at least 5 years.
 -Cannot currently be a student enrolled in post-secondary or graduate-level programs.
-Artists-in-residence can come to the program with little experience working in print, but we ask that artists come with an open mind and eagerness to learn and work.
Image: Fake News, a limited edition accordion book created during a 2018 Paper Machine pilot residency with Amanda Burnham 

A spillway is an engineering feat that provides controlled release of water from a river levee. Several spillways surround the city of New Orleans providing important control of flooding from the Mississippi. For Antenna, the Spillways residency is a way of providing the meaningful dispersion of outside thought and practice into the city through the development of creative feats. Spillways hosts national and international artists, writers, and cultural organizers that are interested in developing projects within the greater New Orleans region, and whose efforts question, transform, or expand the vibrant visual and literary culture of the area. At least four residents are chosen every other year to develop ambitious projects that aim for thoughtful public impact and engagement within the greater New Orleans region.

Residency

Residents will be awarded paid travel to and from New Orleans, an initial two week stay in Antenna's residency space, a $1000 honorarium, and introductions to local stakeholders in their areas of interest. Spillways focuses on process over production, so in these initial immersive two weeks, residents are encouraged to come with an open mind and let their ideas adapt to what they have learned. Each resident’s experience will be modeled to spark project ideas that react in unique and interesting ways to the cultural fabric of the city.

Projects

Once returning home, residents will have up to three months to develop a proposal for a project within the city. Antenna encourages ambitious project proposals that aim for thoughtful public impact or engagement, which must include a significant outreach component. This could range from visits to local schools, free community workshops, public lectures, or other programs that help the public to better understand the resident’s creative process.

Once a proposal is received, the Antenna team works immediately assessing feasibility and tailoring its approach based on the needs of the project, including funding and materials required. Not every project proposal will be accepted, though if it is, the spillways resident will have the full support, and assistance of the Antenna staff and the organization’s 13 years of experience working in the region to assist at every step to help bring the idea to life. Budget/funding and additional visits and time in the city are adapted to the needs of each approved project, and thus both of these important aspects of a project are left open ended until the proposal stage of each residency. Despite ultimately being the resident’s project, Antenna envisions this process being inherently collaborative and the most successful projects will incorporate New Orleans’ based individuals into their development.

We invite you to visit https://antenna.works/spillways to see the ongoing work of residents and projects that are created through this residency. 

Important Dates

November 14, 2019 : Deadline for applications 

Late December 2019 : Residents announced 

March 2020-December 2020 : Residency Period (to work with resident's schedule)

January 2021-December 2021 : Project Development

Eligibility

-Open to visual artists, writers, collectives, or long-term collaborative projects.

-For artists: you must have a desire to develop work outside of a traditional studio model. 

-For writers: you must have an interest in developing written works that require extended time within a self-defined local community. 

-Applicants must be working in their field of expertise for at least 5 years. 

-Must live outside of the greater New Orleans area. 

-Cannot currently be a student enrolled in post-secondary or graduate-level programs. 

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