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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.
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. 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.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Rivet; Common Field; Arts & Accessibility: A Promise and a Practice by Carolyn Lazard; Julia Rose Sutherland; and conversations and input from previous residents and applicants.