A nine-month studio residency program that focuses on creative practice development for emerging artists working across all disciplines, LMCC’s Workspace program offers space for experimentation and dialogue with peers and arts professionals, as well as career-advancement opportunities. Workspace encourages creative risk-taking, collaboration, learning and skill-sharing at a critical early stage of an artist’s career and serves between 25 and 30 individuals or collaborative groups annually.

For further information about what is provided to Workspace participants and how the application process works, please read the guidelines below and note that applications will only be considered if they are complete, on time, and adhere to all guidelines. A complete application includes complete submission of the Online Application AND the Work Sample by the deadline.

Pictured: Shani Peters, LMCC’s Workspace 2014–15, in LMCC’s Studios at 315 Hudson Street. Photo: Robert Minell © LMCC.

THE 2016-2017 WORKSPACE APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED. APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY JUNE 2016. PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL ABOUT THE RESULTS. THE 2017-2018 WORKSPACE APPLICATION WILL OPEN IN DECEMBER 2016.

Get an overview of Workspace and learn about the components of a well-prepared application by attending an information session. This information session is suggested and not required. Please note that capacity is limited, so please RSVP as early as possible. There are two opportunities to attend an information session.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at 28 Liberty Street. To RSVP, click here.

Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at 28 Liberty Street. To RSVP, click here.

Please note that Application Guidelines changed in 2014. Emerging visual artists, performing artists, and writers working in all media and genres are eligible to apply. Workspace is a good fit for applicants who are:

  • Generating new and original work and engaged in a contemporary dialogue
  • Seeking to foster a rigorous practice by dedicating time and focus to the creative process
  • In need of studio space in which to experiment and develop new work
  • Seeking a community of peers to engage in creative and professional dialogue over nine months in Lower Manhattan
  • Seeking to make connections with a network of curators, presenters, dramaturgs, editors, and other arts professionals working in and around New York City
  • Interested in opportunities to share in-progress work with audiences

Visual artists and writers who work independently or as a collaborative pair (no more than 2) are eligible to apply. Eligible collaborative applicants should submit one application and a joint biography and resume that demonstrate a history of collaboration.

Performing artists and arts groups (no more than 3 in a group) are eligible to apply. Eligible performing arts group applicants should submit one application and an integrated biography and resume that demonstrate a history of collaboration or work as a performing arts group.

International artists are eligible for this program. Please note that LMCC offers studio space only, NOT living space. If accepted, international participants are responsible for their own visa, travel, living, and housing expenses and arrangements. LMCC can only offer minimal assistance to international residents in securing necessary immigration documents. The small stipend/materials fee will not be sufficient for living expenses.

Applicants must choose to apply as a visual artist, performing artist, or writer; applicants cannot apply in multiple categories. Commercially focused artists with a client-based practice should review the resources offered by Workspace to determine if the program is appropriate for their artistic practice.

Studio Space: 24/7 access to a private or semi-private partitioned studio, which may have a fourth wall/door that can be closed, within a larger shared space. Individual studio spaces are approximately 150–300 square feet, equipped with a desk, chair, and basic overhead lighting. Also provided:

  • Electricity and wireless internet
  • Heat and air conditioning seasonally during regular business hours
  • Access to a slop sink and small, personal, storage lockers

Please note:

  • Housing is NOT provided
  • There are NO medium- or technique-specific facilities such as a woodshop or media lab
  • Artists must provide their own tools; some restrictions apply

It is important to remember that LMCC’s Workspace program operates out of unique, temporarily vacant, minimally adapted commercial space in Lower Manhattan, which has been generously donated to LMCC each year.

The Workspace studio location is subject to change each session. Studios are not open to the public, with the exception of planned Open Studio events.

Dance Floor & Rehearsal Space (for Performing Artists Only): There is a 20 x 24 foot dance floor in the shared space that is dedicated to use for the research and development of movement-based work. It is not available for large-scale rehearsals and presentations. The floor is open 24/7 and reserved for each performing arts participant for approximately 12–16 hours per week. Access to 2–4 weeks of dedicated rehearsal space off-site, including a 16 x 32 foot dance floor, is also available to performing arts participants.

Community Building & Professional Development: A unique aspect of Workspace program is the opportunity to grow both a network of peers, curators, presenters, editors, dramaturgs and other arts professionals working in and around New York City and to share work with new audiences.

  • Salon evenings are required weekly participant meetings on Monday nights that include one-on-one studio visits, professional development workshops, a guest artist lecture series, potluck dinners, and more.
  • Open Studios are required events where the general public is invited to visit your studio and learn more about your process and work.

Publicity: Participants are announced annually and listed on LMCC’s website as well as featured on other digital communication channels. Open Studios are promoted as part of LMCC’s calendar of Public Engagement Initiatives.

Stipend: A one-time stipend of approximately $1,100 is provided, depending on available funds. (There is NOT a monthly living or housing stipend).

Visiting Artist Status (for Visual Artists Only): Workspace participants have the opportunity to apply for visiting artist status at partner institutions to gain access to specialized facilities and resources:

Program offerings are subject to change.

  • Artists and writers who will be participating in another residency or professional development program from September 2016–May 2017;
  • Artists and writers who will be matriculated as students at any level from September 2016–May 2017;
  • Artists and writers who have been previously served by LMCC’s StudioscapeWorld ViewsNew Views, or Workspace residency programs;
  • Artists and writers who have been selected for any other LMCC artist residency program during 2015, 2016, 2017.

Workspace participants make a serious commitment to the program for the entire nine-month session.

Workspace participants are expected to utilize the studio actively and consistently (on average artists are in their studios 20–40 hours per week). In addition, regular attendance at Salon Evenings and participation in public programs like Open Studios is required. It is vital to the success of the program that Workspace participants fully take advantage of the unique resources we are able to provide. For this reason, Workspace participants cannot simultaneously participate in another residency, professional development, or degree-granting program while participating in Workspace.

In general LMCC receives more than 1,000 applications for Workspace each year. Applicants are reviewed by juries comprised of arts and literary professionals and artists. Visual artists, performing artists, and writers are reviewed by separate discipline-specific juries, which change each year. The juries review all applicants according to the following criteria:

  • Merit of past work, based on submitted Work Sample;
  • Career record, according to narrative Biography and Resume;
  • Proposed projects and ideas, as expressed in Proposal and Artist Statement;

LMCC is committed to maintaining diversity in all of its programs.

1. Choose only one application (Visual, Performing, Writing) to complete

2. Via an online application form (links below), Workspace applicants are asked to provide:

  • Contact Information
  • Two Professional References (Contact Information Only)
  • Narrative Biography (100 words)
  • One-Page Artist Resume
  • Artist’s or Writer’s Statement (100 words)
  • Proposal (200 words)
  • Work Samples (images, video, audio, or writing samples) with Description – scroll down on this page to learn more about Work Sample instructions.

 

VISUAL ARTISTS APPLICATION, CLICK HERE.

PERFORMING ARTISTS APPLICATION, CLICK HERE.

WRITERS APPLICATION, CLICK HERE.

Choose only one of three Work Sample Options. Follow the guidelines to prepare your Work Sample, and then submit them via the Online Application form.

Option 1 — Digital Images: Eight (8) digital images:

  • Images must be saved as JPEG files, 800 pixels in the longest dimension, at 72dpi.
  • Each image filename must be saved as: “LastName-FirstName-#”(e.g. Smith-John-01.jpg / Smith-John-02.jpg / etc.)
  • During the selection process, images will be viewed one at a time as a projection.
  • Work Sample files will be uploaded into the Online Application directly.

 

Option 2 — Video/Audio: Four (4) minutes of video/audio:

  • For time-based media only.
  • Applicants may submit up to two (2) clips of video/audio, together totaling no more than four (4) minutes of footage.
  • During the selection process, videos will be projected.
  • Video/Audio clips are accepted as weblinks to clips hosted on external sites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). We recommend that you submit a video (which can contain one clip or multiple clips) that has been edited down to the allotted time. If your clip is longer than the allotted time, provide a cue point.
  • Applicants must provide passwords for password-protected videos.
  • Applicants should ensure that hosted online Work Samples follow the above guidelines and are accessible online at least six months beyond the Application Deadline.

 

Option 3 — Combination of Images and Video/Audio: Four (4) digital images AND one (1) clip of video/audio totaling no more than two (2) minutes of footage. Follow above instructions for labeling and formatting.

Please note that we do NOT accept: 

  • Applications or Work Samples by conventional mail;
  • 35mm slides or VHS;
  • Original artwork;
  • PowerPoint presentations or slideshows;
  • Handwritten documents;
  • Letters of recommendation;
  • Support materials, including reviews, catalogues, and publications.

 

Work Samples that do not function or do not follow the submission guidelines will not be considered.

Submit a total of four (4) minutes of video in no more than two (2) clips by providing online links.

  • Applicants may submit up to two (2) clips of video, together totaling no more than four (4) minutes of footage.
  • Indicate the cue time (i.e. cue 0:00, cue 3:24).
  • During the selection process, videos will be projected.
  • Each clip will be played for no more than the allotted time from the cue point; start times for each clip should mark the beginning of a segment that best represents your work.
  • Video clips are accepted as Weblinks to clips hosted on external sites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). We recommend that you submit a continuous clip that has been edited down to the allotted time.
  • Applicants must provide passwords for password-protected videos.
  • Applicants should caption video Work Samples using this format: Work Sample #, Title, Date, Venue, Cue, Original Running Time; (Example: 1, Dance Sketch, 2010, HERE Arts Center, Cue 4:30, ORT 38:00).
  • Applicants should ensure that hosted online Work Samples follow the above guidelines and are accessible online at least six months beyond the Application Deadline.

Please note that we do NOT accept:

  • Applications or Work Samples by conventional mail;
  • 35mm slides or VHS;
  • Original artwork;
  • PowerPoint presentations or slideshows;
  • Handwritten documents;
  • Letters of recommendation;
  • Support materials, including reviews, catalogues, and publications.

Work Samples that do not function or do not follow the submission guidelines will not be considered.

Choose one of the following options to submit as a PDF. Applicants may provide any number of works totaling the designated number of pages. The applicant’s name, title of the work, and a page number should appear on each page of the manuscript.

  • Option 1 — Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Script: Up to 20 double-spaced pages in 10–12 point font.
  • Option 2 — Poetry: Up to 10 pages in 10–12 point font.

Please note that we do NOT accept:

  • Applications or Work Samples by conventional mail;
  • 35mm slides or VHS;
  • Original artwork;
  • PowerPoint presentations or slideshows;
  • Handwritten documents;
  • Letters of recommendation;
  • Support materials, including reviews, catalogues, and publications.

Work Samples that do not function or do not follow the submission guidelines will not be considered.

How many participants are in the program?
Workspace supports 25–30 participants: approximately 15–20 visual artists, 3–5 performing artists/arts groups, and 6-8 writers in each Workspace session. Workspace receives more than 1,200 applications every session, approximately 1,000 from visual artists, 150 from performing artists, and 100 from writers.

How does LMCC define emerging?
For the Workspace program, emerging is defined contextually, not with any specific requirements. Workspace strives to serve artists at an early stage in their career, who demonstrate a serious commitment to their practice, are engaged in a contemporary dialogue, and have great potential, but may be under-recognized in the field and/or in New York City.

Can artists working in all disciplines apply to Workspace?
Visual artists, performing artists, and writers may apply. Applicants should be generating new and original work and be engaged in a contemporary dialogue. LMCC is committed to diversity and supports artists working in a range of media and genres.

Can international artists and writers apply?
Yes! International artists and writers can apply to Workspace. It is important to note that LMCC offers studio space only, NOT living space or housing. If accepted, international participants are responsible for their own visa, travel, living, and housing expenses and arrangements. LMCC can only offer minimal assistance to international residents in securing necessary immigration documents. The small stipend/materials fee will not be sufficient for living expenses.

 

WHERE:

Where is the Workspace residency program located?
The Workspace studios are located in Lower Manhattan, however there is no permanent location for the program. Because LMCC works with Downtown real estate owners who donate temporarily vacant space, the location changes from year to year. The location for 2016–2017 is still to be determined.

 

WHEN:

When is the next deadline?
There is one deadline per year, which is the last Thursday of January, for the Workspace program. The open call for applications to Workspace is announced the December before the deadline.

How long is the Workspace program?
Nine months long, September through May.

 

WHAT:

Does LMCC provide a place for artists and writers to live during the program?
No. LMCC does not provide housing. All space is studio workspace ONLY. All participants are responsible for securing their own housing a reasonable distance from the studios for the nine-month duration of their participation in the program.

Can electronic, digital, and new media artists access specialized facilities and equipment?
Upon being selected to the Workspace program, Visual arts participants have the opportunity to apply for Visiting Artist Status at partner institutions where they receive access to different multimedia facilities, which may be of particular interest for electronic, digital, and new media artists. Please see the “What is Provided” accordion above for more details.

 

APPLICATION:

Can I submit works-in-progress or proposal ideas as part of my Work Sample?
The Work Sample is a critical part of your application and should represent your best work. We recommend submitting examples of your best, completed works and projects.