Workspace Residency

Summer 2021 Session
Application deadline: Friday, March 26, 2021
Notification Date: May 1, 2021
Residency Dates: August 7–August 28, 2021
Stipend, artist fees, and financial assistance offered: Up to $1550 in stipend & artist fees; up to $1000 in financial assistance for child care and/or disability support.

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.

Due to the pandemic, the Summer 2021 session will be held virtually, with equipment access provided through mailing service for non-local residents, and local pick-up for local residents. Communications and events will take place online. We will work with residents to offer tailored support for their projects during this time. Accommodations and travel support are not offered for this session.

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. Spring session, two-weeks. Applications open in early September for residency in March. Selected applicants receive $950 in artist fees and stipends. The Spring 2021 session offers up to $700 in financial assistance for child care and/or disability support. This session is open to local applicants only. Local is defined as people who can comfortably come to Squeaky Wheel on a daily basis. The purpose is to increase paid artist opportunities in Western New York. 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 a place to stay. 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.

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. If your project is selected, we will work with you to see how we can help your project come to fruition in light of the pandemic.

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.

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. 

  • Read the Application Instructions (updated February 2021). 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; a list of equipment available; and a Frequently Asked Questions section.
  • Apply! Click this link to fill out the Application Form (Google Form Link.)

Financial assistance up to $1000 is available for child care and/or disability support. Artists and researchers with disabilities can find accessibility information regarding Squeaky Wheel here. As the residency can have 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, 2SLGBQTIA+ individuals, and artists who face systemic and structural barriers are highly encouraged to apply.

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: Summer 2020 resident Johann Diedrick recording Prelude to Wake on a rooftop in Brooklyn.