What makes a strong Workspace Application?

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Our friends over at New York Foundation for the Arts sat down with Will Penrose, Program Manager for Artists Residencies, to discuss our Workspace studio residency program. The article does a great job with not only defining the program, but also giving the reader tips and advice on putting together a competitive application. Below is an excerpt of the conversation.

LMCC’s highly regarded Workspace program offers 25-30 individuals access to nine months of dedicated studio time. These studios are located in vacant office space in Lower Manhattan made possible by generous real estate partners. The program provides artists from all disciplines with the time and space to create work, develop their creative practice, take artistic risks, and build a network of peers and arts professionals. Workspace is an extremely competitive program, with over 1,400 applicants on a yearly basis. LMCC offers information sessions, which can help you put your best foot forward.

So what makes a strong Workspace application? Will shared some tips and advice from being part of the selection process since he joined LMCC in 2010. For this application, multi-disciplinary artists choose from one main area: visual, literary, and performing arts. Each panel has 4-6 jurors who change annually, with specific professionals for different disciplines. We extracted some main points below that may be helpful for the upcoming 2015 application, as well as for other opportunities.

  • Approach your application as a creative project in itself:
    • Have consistency in your work sample and proposal of your artistic vision
    • Artist statement – be specific and clear to you and your practice. Don’t include jargon.
    • Include a brief description to orient panelists and provide context for your work
    • Edit for accuracy and be judicious
  • Provide examples of work from the past 3-5 years
  • Good to show progression in the work
  • Include 2-3 images from each project if working in multiple media
  • Jury is already familiar with your medium so focus on your practice and ideas
  • Submit your best work; show proof you can make the work to establish trust in your proposal
  • Avoid redundancy in text and images
  • Test video work samples
  • Start video work samples from a compelling point
  • Put yourself in the jurors’ seat:
    • Answer questions that might come up with your work samples in your narrative

Some general tips include:

  • Prepare
  • Be professional
  • Follow guidelines & ask questions at information sessions
  • Get feedback
  • Keep applying because panels change every year

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