Workspace Residency

Spring 2023 Residency dates: April 1–15, 2023
Support offered: $1000 in artist fees and stipends, travel and accommodation support, financial assistance for childcare and/or disability support
Deadline to apply: October 15, 2022
Notification date: December 1, 2022

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 support for 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 will assess whether the residency can take place in-person depending on case rates of COVID-19, and will continue to offer a virtual residency option.

Squeaky Wheel offers the residency twice a year:

  • Spring session, two-weeks. Applications open in early September for residency in March. Selected applicants receive $1000 in artist fees and stipends. The Spring 2022 session offers up to $700 in financial assistance for child care and/or disability support, and up to $300 in travel support.
  • Summer session, three-weeks. Applications open for a month-long period in early January, 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 accommodations support. The Silo City resident will receive an additional $300 for a public performance at the end of their residency. If requested, the residency offers up to $1000 in financial assistance for child care and/or disability support.

The Workspace Residency launched in 2016. You can see biographies of previous residents here.

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. 
  • 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.

Eligibility

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. Local residents who have received a residency or solo exhibition at Squeaky Wheel must wait a period of two years before applying again to the residency. In-person residents are required to provide proof of vaccination, and are required to be masked during their time at Squeaky Wheel’s facilities. 

During the residency, residents are expected to:

  • Attend a planning session prior to beginning their residency.
  • Provide SW with 2–3 high quality images of their work, and a high quality photograph of themselves, along with alt text and image descriptions of the images.
  • Work between 25–30 hours per week on their projects.
  • Lead a 2–hour skill-share.
  • Present a 20–30 minute public artist talk.
  • Attend all supplementary activities as organized by the curator and in the schedule.
  • Abide by SW’s Community Guidelines.

SW will provide the resident with:

  • Stipends and artist fees, paid in two installments.
  • If requested, financial assistance for parent artists and/or artists with disabilities.
  • Access to facilities and equipment at SW pending availability. If the residency takes place virtually, SW will work with you to ship equipment and/or locate facilities that are local to you.
  • If requested, memberships to partner organizations Buffalo Game Space and/or The Foundry, and access to the facilities of both/either organizations and Silo City, in conversation with our partners.
  • Limited travel costs to and from Buffalo, NY for non-local applicants, reimbursed approximately two weeks upon submission of receipts.
  • Suitable accommodation for non-local residents for the duration of their residency.
  • Keys and a security-code for entrance to SW building at 617 Main Street during off-hours.
  • Organize supplementary activities for the residents, not to exceed 10 hours per week.

Our panels are composed of three members drawn from the local and international Squeaky Wheel community and are facilitated by SW’s curator. Once the applicant pool is set, panelists are vetted and removed from judging applicants for which they have a conflict of interest. Each panelist rates applications on a 1-5 scale (1 being very weak and 5 being very strong) to the degree a given application meets each of the following criteria:

  • Artistic Merit covers the technical, artistic, and intellectual merits of the proposed project. This is assessed through both the project proposal and the submitted work samples.
  • Achievability considers whether the proposed work can be accomplished within the time and resources offered by the residency. Projects, except for the Silo City residency, do not have to be completed during the residency.
  • Potential covers the possible life the work of art will have upon completion, through exhibitions, publications, presentations, festivals, and/or the applicants own goals for their work.
  • Skill-share Proposal covers the feasibility of their skill-share proposal and its value to the community. We highly recommend reviewing previous skill-shares offered by residents; see them here.

Panelists spend a minimum of 20 minutes with each project proposal, which includes viewing work samples. Once each judge has reviewed all applications, they submit their rating sheet to the curator, who assembles a shortlist from their collated ratings. Panelists then convene in person to discuss applicants from the shortlist and deliberate on the final recommendation of applicants for the residency. SW’s staff and residency partners review the recommended projects and skill-share proposals for feasibility before successful applicants are contacted.

Panelists agree to keep all applicant names and information confidential, and agree to notify the curator of any conflict of interest. Squeaky Wheel defines conflict of interest as: family members, current or past coworkers, and any applicant who lists you as a reference in their application. In the case of a conflict of interest, said panelist will recuse themselves from rating that applicant.

Common questions that panels discuss in the final convening include:

  • A common discussion, especially for non-fiction work: What is the relationship of the artist in regards to the communities or subject matter that is part of their work? What is their position and/or their stake?
  • How and will the project benefit from this residency?

The application form for the Workspace Residency is a Google Form. We recommend applicants draft their responses in a separate document so they can easily input their answers without any work being lost. Please find below the text based version of the application for preparing your submission.

  • Email address

  • Full name

  • Your pronouns

  • Phone number

  • Full Address
    Local applicants are those who live in the vicinity of SW in Buffalo, NY, and can comfortably travel here on a daily basis. Travel reimbursements and accommodations are not offered. Address, City, State, Zipcode, Country if other than USA.
  • Do you request financial assistance for child care and/or disability support?
    Select one: Yes or No. This information is not shared with the panel and will not impact how your application is rated. Financial assistance of up to $1000 (Summer) or $700 (Spring) can go towards costs related to child care and/or disability support that will allow residents to dedicate their time to work on their projects. If your application is selected, we will contact you to inquire how you plan to utilize these funds, and how we can accommodate that process.
  • (Optional) If you have any accessibility needs, you may share them below.
    This information is not shared with the panel, and will not impact how your application is rated. We encourage applicants to inquire with the curator regarding any accessibility needs for the residency, including a remote / virtual residency, and assistance with filling out the application.”Guide to Making an Access Doc” can provide you guidance on how to fill out this section.
  • Which residency are you applying for?
    Select one: Artist Residency, Researcher Residency, Silo City Residency (Summer only)
  • Brief bio
    Approximately 100 words. Your biography should speak to your work, interests, and previous accomplishments.
  • Project Title
    If your project is untitled, write N/A.
  • Project description
    Approximately 500 words. For Artist residents: Your project description should include the technology (media) that your work will utilize in its making and eventual presentation, what the work is about (content), how your project speaks to it (form), the histories and/or communities with which your work engages, and your goals for making it.
    For Researcher residents, please introduce the topic which you are addressing, as well as in what form that research will culminate (curatorial proposition, writing, archival work and so on.)
    For Silo City residents (summer 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 Silo City resident have access to a personal vehicle.
  • As part of the residency activities, residents will lead a workshop, skill-share, or seminar for youth or adults. Please provide a proposal describing the focus and goals of the class.
    Approximately 300 words. The skill share should take you no longer than two hours to prepare for. If you have an ideal audience in mind for your skill-share, please indicate that as well. You can see a list of previous skill-shares offered by residents here.
  • How do you anticipate utilizing your time at Squeaky Wheel’s residency?
    Approximately 300 words. The Spring Residency is a 2-week residency; the Summer session is a 3-week residency. We expect residents to work approximately 25-30 hours per week on their projects. Please note how you tentatively plan to utilize your time.
  • Provide links to portfolios, videos, or other online examples of your work. Provide passwords for password-protected sites.
    Please double-check all your links in a private/incognito browser window to make sure they are accessible, until the date noted in the application form. Please direct us or cite specific examples of work you would like the panel to examine when possible (rather than full websites.) Work samples should speak to your skill, artistic focus, and relevance to your proposed project as much as possible.
  • Which Workspace facilities do you anticipate using? Check all that apply.
    Multiple choice: Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo Game Space, The Foundry, Silo City (summer sessions only).
    Squeaky Wheel provides residents with memberships and/or resources from our partners. Applications recommended by the panel are shared with our partners for additional feedback regarding feasibility, prior to acceptance.
  • Referring to the equipment list in the application instructions, please list the equipment available at Squeaky Wheel and our partners that you foresee using during your residency. If you are applying as a researcher, please let us know what resources you would need to conduct your work.
    Please refer to the Equipment list. Note where the facilities and equipment you foresee using is located. Ex: “Squeaky Wheel: Canon 5D Mark III. The Foundry: 3D Printers”, etc.). Equipment is subject to availability.
  • Provide names, email addresses, and phone numbers of two (2) references OR a resumé/CV
    While the residency does not require works to be completed within the residency time-frame, references should be able to speak to your ability to finish work in a timely manner. References cannot be Squeaky Wheel staff or board members. If a reference poses a conflict of interest with a panelist, that person will recuse themselves from the process. Alternatively, you can copy and paste a CV or resumé that speaks to your continued work as an artist or researcher.

All listed equipment and facilities are subject to availability. Please note that some facilities may require mandatory trainings.

Buffalo Game Space facilities include:
HD projectors, green screen, markerless mocap, dedicated sound recording room, audio recording station for development or gameplay streaming, Virtual Reality Headsets, 3D printers, Kinect, various controllers and computer workstations with professional-grade software for game development.

The Foundry facilities include:
Tech lab: M3D Micro Printers, GlowForge + other CO2 Lasers, Ultimaker III 3D Printer, Computers – can use for 3D and design work (SketchUp, VCarve Pro, etc), Soldering Stations.
Textile lab: the Textile Lab contains eight sewing machines and material as well as 2 Cricut Makers; Metalshop: Mig welders, Tig welder, Angle grinders, Horizontal band saw, Metal chop saw, Plasma cutters, Downdraft tables and welding stations, Drill Press, Brake, Bead roller, Miscellaneous metal hand tools, desktop waterjet cutter Wazer
Woodshop: 12” jointer, SawStop Table saw – 3HP with 52″ T-Glide Fence System, plus 5HP Powermatic Table saw, JET 15” and portable Delta 13” planers, JET 22-44 Pro-3 Drum Sander, Oscillating/spindle sanders, CNC Shark 24×60″ (must be trained separately to use), 4’ x 8’ Veneer vacuum press, Steam bending equipment, Numerous other standard woodshop equipment, such as band saws, drill presses, air compressor and nail guns, hand tools, dozens of clamps, and over 100 router bits

Squeaky Wheel Digital Lab includes:
6 iMac Computers (3.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processors, 21.5 LED-Backlit Display) w/ Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, Final Cut X, MAX/MSP/Jitter, Processing, SuperCollider, Scratch, and other open source software. Mobile Media Lab includes (6) iPads and (6) 13″ 2.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 16GB mem Macbook Pro laptop w/ an array of video, audio, programming and design software and can be combined w/ other equipment as needed.

Squeaky Wheel video production equipment includes:
Canon EOSR, (2) Sony A7III, (2) Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 80D, Canon 70D, Canon T5i, Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS EF USM lens, Canon RF 24-105mm, Canon 18-135mm f/1:3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 USM Lens, Canon EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM Macro Lens, Tamron 70- 200mm f/2.8 Lens, (2)Tamron 28-75mm Lens for Sony E-mount, Sigma 18-24mm Lens for Canon EF mount, (2) Metabones EF-E mount adaptors (for Canon lenses using Sony camera), Panasonic HMC150, Portable Projection Screen, Portable Fender Passport Pro 500, Beringer/Yamaha 500watt PA, (3) BenQ 1085ST HD Short Throw Projector, BenQ TK800 Projector, Tascam DR-70D Audio Recording Unit, (2) Tascam DR40 Recording Units, (2) Zoom H4N Audio Recorders, Rode NTG-2 Shotgun Mic, (2)Sennheiser Wireless Lavalier Mics, AudioTechnica Lavalier Mics, (2) Shure SM58 Cardioid Mic, (2) Rode M5 Omnidirectional Mic, Sennheiser e609 Cardioid Mic, Sennheiser e906 Cardioid Mic, Audix D4 Mic, Audix D6 Mic, Shure SM57 Mic, Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface, Cavision Boom Pole, (2) Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod, Bogen Monopods, (4) Revo shoulder mounts, Zhiyun Crane Plus gimbal for Sony cameras, (2) Lowell Lighting Kits w/ Omni & Tota lights, LED 3 Light Blender Light Kit, Manfrotto Dolly Wheels, (6) Wacom Intuos Pro drawing tablet, Portable Green Screen System. Squeaky Wheel Film Equipment includes 16mm projectors, Super 8 projectors.

How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the residency?
In-person residents are required to provide proof of vaccination, and are required to be masked during their time at Squeaky Wheel’s facilities. If conditions are unsafe for an in-person residency, Squeaky Wheel would shift the residency to a remote and virtual format. Applicants can regardless request a remote and virtual residency option for accessibility purposes, with equipment access provided through mail. Our COVID policies are subject to change in accordance with CDC policies.

Does it cost money to apply?
No.

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. Since Spring 2021, SW offers limited financial support for child care.

What kinds of skill-shares have residents offered in the past?
You can see a list of prior skill-shares 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. Local applicants do not receive accommodations or travel.

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.
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 panelist. However, there is a different panel for every session. The panel 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 panel.

I’ve never written a residency application before. Can you help?
We highly recommend the guide “How to apply to things” at Rivet; you can watch a presentation by them here. Squeaky Wheel’s curator welcomes questions before submitting your application. Email Ekrem Serdar at ekrem@squeaky.org

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, 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 panel?
If you are interested in being part of the panel, please contact the curator at ekrem@squeaky.org with the subject line “Workspace Panel”, outlining why you would want to be on the panel, 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 panel. Panelists must reside in Buffalo.

Click here to apply for the Spring 2022 session

Spring 2023 Residency dates: April 1–15, 2023
Support offered: $1000 in artist fees and stipends, travel and accommodation support, optional financial assistance for childcare and/or disability support
Deadline to apply: October 15, 2022
Notification date: December 1, 2022

Questions can be directed to Squeaky Wheel’s curator Ekrem Serdar at ekrem@squeaky.org


The Spring session of the Workspace Residency is dedicated in loving memory to former Squeaky Wheel board member Marguerite Doritty (1923-2020). Doritty was an important supporter of Buffalo’s media arts community, and she is greatly missed. Read about her legacy here.

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: A photograph of Rob Cosgrove as he performs his sound piece, Floaters, inside Silo City in September 2022. Rob is seen from behind inside a large concrete structure. He is facing a computer. In the background, you can see another musician performing as part of the work.