Iris Project Residency offers artists, curators, writers, and creative thinkers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines the space and time to push boundaries in their practice, freed from the pressure of production or material exchange. We strongly believe that when creativity is uncoupled from commercial requirements, new directions and insights will emerge, and that these benefits will extend beyond the artist’s time at the residency.
The gallery/residency campus is nestled in the heart of the historic walk streets of Venice, California, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. The residency is housed in a converted carriage house originally built in 1916, with a full kitchen, on-site laundry, and a proper shop sink. The detached work studio enjoys full access to the gardens and grounds of Iris Project. There are no residency fees to attend Iris Project Residency, but residents are responsible for all travel, meals, and art supplies. There are no publication, exhibition, or performance requirements if granted a residency.
Special events and development opportunities may be arranged by Iris Project Gallery staff as and when appropriate for the artist-in-residence. The residency program varies in purpose (dictated by the artist), duration (between one and four weeks), and selection process (open call or by invitation). Applications are accepted in November and December and are reviewed in January by a revolving panel of arts professionals. Referrals are considered on a rolling basis.
Iris Project Residency encourages applications from creatives of diverse backgrounds and disciplines. We accept applications from artists working in the visual arts, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, curation, poetry, and literature. Both emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply, but applicants must demonstrate five years of dedicated experience in their chosen field.
Iris Project Residency is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons, regardless of race, national origin or ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, creed, economic or social station, martial status, age, or physical ability.
Residency durations are a minimum of one week to a maximum of four weeks.
The residency is housed in a converted carriage house with a full kitchen, full bathroom, on-site laundry, and an outdoor shop sink. The detached work studio has white plywood walls and ample natural light. There are no fees charged by the Residency, but residents are responsible for their own travel, meals, and supplies. Residents are not allowed to leave any work behind. The Residency and studio are on ground level, but unfortunately are not fully wheelchair accessible at this time. Linens and basic kitchen equipment are provided. The Residency is located in a residential neighborhood, residents are required to respect the tone and tempo of our neighbors. Guests may be permitted on a case-by-case basis.
How to apply
- Three to five work samples not to exceed ten (10) images, ten (10) pages of text, or five (5) links to video works
- Short Bio
- Demonstration of five years actively pursuing your profession (this can include publications, exhibitions, and/or postgraduate education)
- Non-binding proposal for your time at the residency
- Letter of Recommendation and/or References (optional)
- Preferred duration and dates, if known
- Conflicts/commitments when unavailable, if known