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Submission Guidelines: Submit a proposal of less than 500 words and links to your work. It is important that your proposal recognizes the public/community aspect of the project. The proposals that demonstrate the greatest creative use of the provided space while engaging the public will be selected. (Please read the information on our website about the history of the project and the intent of the Portland installation.)
HFAW is a collective project that uses the idea of the artist’s studio as catalyst for mutual engagement between artists and communities. The “Habitats” are small, temporary, 6’ by 6’ studios installed in locations visible and accessible to the public. HFAW invites artists to work in these small, temporary studios in a mini-residency. While exploring their own creative process, the artists engages in active dialogues with a new audience from that location. The public is invited to an art interaction outside the traditional formats of museum or gallery, allowing for a more nuanced and enriched understanding of art making.
Artists will be scheduled based on their availability to occupy the structure during daylight hours only. The expectation is that each artist will spend a minimum of five hours per week in the Habitat structure while the project is running. Artists will submit their availability to the project coordinators and a master schedule will be created. The artists may work on, inside and around the structure during their residency. The artist may utilize the structure itself for part of their residency, i.e., decorate or manipulate the physical space, as long as the structural integrity of the Habitat is maintained.
The artists awarded a residency will be listed in all public communication and advertising. Their names and links to their work, along with photographic documentation of their specific proposal will be posted on our website and Facebook pages and may be used by the press as well. At the end of the N. Mississippi installation, an exhibition will be held at a temporary space (to be determined), showing the work of the artists who participated.
For more information about the history of Habitat for Artists and what artists have done in past installations on the east coast, please visit our partner and founding organization at: http://habitatforartists.blogspot.com/
Habitat for Artists West is continually seeking community partnerships and expects to grow to other neighborhoods and more installations in the coming months and years.