Workspace Residency

Spring 2020 Session
: October 5, 2019
Notification Date
: December 1, 2019
Residency Dates
: March 7–21, 2020
Support offered
: $950 in stipend & artist fees; accommodations and $300 travel support for non-local residents.

Squeaky Wheel’s Workspace Residency is a project-based residency for artists and researchers working in media arts. Offered twice per year, the residency is open to applicants from Buffalo and across the United States who are seeking resources, time, and studio space to support ongoing projects or the creation of new work.

Selected applicants will have tailored access to facilities, equipment, technical consultation, from Squeaky Wheel, as well as our Workspace Residency partners Buffalo Game Space, The Foundry, and Silo City. Residents will also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures, are provided with public opportunities to share and receive feedback for their work, and will be invited to a variety of site visits and activities exploring Buffalo’s unique communities and histories.

Squeaky Wheel’s Workspace residency program launched in the Summer of 2016.  You can see the biographies of previous residents here.

Squeaky Wheel offers the residency twice a year:

  • Spring session, two-weeks. Applications open in early September for residency in March. Selected applicants receive $950 in artist fees and stipends. Non-local residents receive funds toward their round trip travel to Buffalo and a place to stay.
  • Summer session, three-weeks. Applications open for a month-long period in early February, and the residency takes place in August. Selected applicants receive $1250 in artist fees and stipends. Non-local residents also receive funds toward their round trip travel to Buffalo and a place to stay. The Silo City resident will receive an additional $300 for a public performance at the end of their residency.

You can apply under three distinct categories:

  • Artist: The residency program lends itself to the creation of a wide variety of work including film, video, virtual reality, game development, textile, metal, woodwork, 3D printing, sonic arts, installation, performance, and more, with access to a wide range of equipment, tools, and technologies. Participants can mix and match these benefits according to their needs.
  • Researchers: Artists, scholars, curators, archivists, writers, and theorists are invited to propose new or in-progress research in the area of emergent media arts practices towards the publication of critical texts, scholarly research, or production of curatorial projects. For researchers, the residency can provide institutional library access, Squeaky Wheel’s microcinema for private viewings, among other benefits according to their needs.
  • Silo City (Summer sessions only): artists are invited to submit proposals to create and present a public performance at Silo City’s Marina A, which utilizes its unique sonic, visual qualities, and/or industrial history and legacy. The Silo City Resident will have access to the properties on Silo City for a performance that utilizes media, sound, and/or emergent technologies. Equipment from Squeaky Wheel will be available to the resident pending availability. Please note: The Silo City Resident is responsible for their own transportation to and from Silo City for site visits; Squeaky Wheel highly recommends the resident have access to a car.


Applicants must have a social security number in order to receive payment by filling out a W9; all payments are made via check. Full-time students are not eligible to apply. Applicants from Buffalo who have received a residency or solo exhibition at Squeaky Wheel must wait a period of two years before applying again to the residency. Non-local applicants (from outside of Buffalo) must wait a period of five years.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit a completed application form explaining their interest in the residency and what they hope to accomplish. We highly recommend reading the Application Overview document (updated January 2019). The deadline for applications for the Spring 2020 session is October 5, 2019, 11:59pm.

  • Read the Application Instructions (PDF Link). *Updated August 9, 2019* The document contains information about the types of residencies available; residency details and expectations; the jury process and selection criteria; the list of questions asked in the application form, and explanations of the questions; and a list of equipment available.
  • Apply! Click this link to fill out the Application Form. (Google Form Link.)

Disabled artists and researchers can find accessibility information regarding Squeaky Wheel here. As the residency can have several off-site components, we encourage applicants to inquire with the curator regarding any accessibility needs for the residency, including assistance with filling out the application.

Indigenous people, people of color, women, and 2SLGBQIA individuals are encouraged to apply.

Questions can be directed to Squeaky Wheel’s curator Ekrem Serdar at

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it cost money to apply?

How long does it take to apply?
According to previous applicants, the application can take approximately  3–4 hours to complete.

Can collectives or collaboratives apply?
Yes. However, please note that if accepted, the group would share the resources offered by Squeaky Wheel (stipend, artist fees, transportation refund, accommodations.)

Can I bring my child(ren)?
Yes. However, please note that if accepted, you and your dependent(s) would have to share the stipend, artist fees, transportation refund, and accommodations awarded by Squeaky Wheel. Squeaky Wheel does not offer paid childcare; however we would be happy to discuss ways we may be able to provide reasonable assistance.

What kinds of workshops / seminars have residents offered in the past?
Clearly written skill-based workshops or seminars have seen the most immediate success with our juries. You can see a list of prior workshops here and more information about our youth programs here.

What are the accommodations like?
The accommodations for non-local residents are not set, and change based on the season and availability. We aim to provide a private room to all non-local residents, which may have a shared bathroom.

Can I travel elsewhere during the residency?
Travel during your residency is not encouraged. We expect all residents to spend 25–30 hours per week working on their projects, and Squeaky Wheel programs an additional 5–10 hours of activities per week (site visits, guest critiques, workshops, among others.)

What are the chances I’ll get accepted?
Each session receives approximately 100 applications, and accepts between 2–4 applicants depending on the session and our capacity. Note that applications to the residency have been increasing by an average of 35% per year.
Applicants from Buffalo (Local applicant), or those applying in the Researcher or Silo City categories have a higher chance of being admitted. Each session encourages at least one applicant residing in Buffalo. The summer session accepts at least one Silo City resident, and both sessions tend to accept at least one Researcher resident per session. The majority of applicants apply for the artist residency category and are non-local (based outside Buffalo.)

I was previously a resident or have had events or exhibitions at Squeaky Wheel. Can I apply?
Applicants living in Buffalo who have had a residency (or solo exhibition in our gallery space) at Squeaky Wheel must wait a period of two years to reapply to the residency. Non-local applicants must wait a period of five years.
For example: For Buffalo-based applicants, if you received a residency or solo exhibition in Summer 2018, you can apply again for the Spring 2021 session.
For non-local applicants from outside Buffalo, if you received a residency in Spring 2017, you can apply again for Summer 2022 session.

My application was previously rejected, but I was encouraged to apply again. Does that mean I have a higher chance of being accepted into the next session?
We encourage you to apply again if your application is rated highly by a jury. However, there is a different jury body for every session. The jury rates all the applicants based on the four criteria listed in the Applications Guidelines. If an applicant was encouraged to apply again, and they do, the quality of their previous application will be noted to the jury.

I’ve never written a residency application before. Can you help?
We highly recommend the guide “How to apply to things” by Kira-Simon Kennedy at Rivet. Squeaky Wheel’s curator welcomes questions before submitting your application. Email Ekrem Serdar at

Does the residency provide feedback to unsuccessful applications?
At this time Squeaky Wheel does not have the capacity to offer feedback for unsuccessful applications.

Do you have to be a US Citizen to apply?
No. We accept all applicants who have a US Social Security Number and can fill out a W9 form for payment, including permanent residents, OPT holders, Indigenous people born in Canada who can live and work in the United States as part of the Jay Treaty, among others. At the time, Squeaky Wheel cannot accept residents who do not have a social security number, and does not assist with the process of obtaining a visa.

Does the residency accept celluloid film projects on Super 8mm or 16mm?
Yes. In the past, SWs residency has accepted proposals based on celluloid film (Super 8mm, 16mm). However SW has very limited production support for the format. We encourage applicants to make an argument why SW’s residency specifically will help their practice in the “Why are you applying for this residency?” question in the application form.
Film practitioners can also look at nearby residencies in LIFT (Toronto) and Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester, NY).

Can I be part of the jury?
If you are interested in being part of the jury, please contact the curator at with the subject line “Workspace Jury”, outlining why you would want to be on the jury, and what experience and interest you would bring to the process. We encourage young artists and researchers to contact us to be part of the jury as we find it to be a useful experience for them. Jury members must reside in Buffalo.

Workspace Residency is supported by generous support by the County of Erie and County Executive Mark Poloncarz, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, individual members, businesses, and supporters. We would like to thank the following organizations and individuals that have contributed to the development of this residency: RivetCommon Field; Arts & Accessibility: A Promise and a Practice by Carolyn Lazard; Julia Rose Sutherland; and conversations and input from previous residents and applicants.

Banner image: Liat Berdugo and Summer 2018 Workspace Resident Emily Martinez’ Eternal Boy Playground, 2019.