Apply for a Residency
GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE APPLICATIONS
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Before submitting your application, download the supplementary materials and follow the directions specific to your discipline to help prepare files.
The Studios of Key West offers up to thirty five juried residencies per year to working artists and writers from around the world. Residencies are awarded to visual artists, writers, composers, performers, and interdisciplinary artists.
Up to four residents at any given time can be hosted at TSKW’s residency cottages (known as The Ashe Street Cottages and The Mango Tree House).
Three of the four residency living spaces available have a small work space within their private living area which is appropriate for writing and/or non-industrial art making. Residencies are available for one month, and residency terms extend from the beginning to the end of each calendar month. Residents may arrive any day after the first of the month.
Artists are responsible for food, travel, and materials. Artists are granted access to a bicycle for the duration of their stay and are matched with a community member who serves as a host to assist with the success of their residency.
Artists collaborating on a project must submit individual application forms and work samples. Those proposing collaborative work should also submit an example of jointly produced work (either completed or a work-in-progress).
Couples working on collaborative projects may apply as collaborators. Couples working on their own creative projects may apply individually and request parallel residencies. To accommodate as many residencies as possible, accepted residents who are couples will often be housed in shared living and work space.
TSKW residencies have a no overnight guest policy (this includes spouses, partners and children and friends) and a no pet policy.
EXPECTATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES
The TSKW residency program is built upon the expectation that residency artists contribute to the Key West community in some way. In this spirit, artists are required to submit a proposal for a program as part of their application process.
Resident artists are requested to give service to the Key West community in the form of a class, workshop, reading, performance or special project to be agreed upon by the artist and TSKW. These are given in exchange for their residency. The acceptance of a program depends on many factors, and program proposals may not be accepted even if an artist is granted a residency.
If, in addition to one of the aforementioned programs, an artist would like to propose an exhibition, they should indicate so in their application. There are a limited number of exhibition time slots designated for residency artists each year, and exhibitions can not be guaranteed.
In addition to a proposed program, all artists are asked to participate in at least one event during their residency:
1) The ‘On the Deck Series’: A two-hour, free, monthly potluck gathering that gives both you and members of our community the chance to informally meet and greet. This takes place on the deck at 607 Ashe Street, from 6 – 8 pm one evening per month — the date varies each month.
What is expected of you: You will be asked to give a very informal, 5 minute presentation about you as an artist, your work, and what you hope to accomplish during your residency.
2. It is possible artists will be asked to be present at an open house during the latter half of their residency, and be on hand to answer questions about the work they have been doing while on the island.
RESIDENCY APPLICATION FEE
Applications for residency at The Studios of Key West must now be submitted through an online application process. A $40 application fee applies to online submissions and is collected through an application portal. Mailed applications are no longer accepted. The online portal for submitting applications will be available online from January 21 – April 30 2014.
RESIDENCY APPLICATION PERIOD
Applications for residencies between December 2014 and August 2015 will be accepted from January 21- April 30, 2013.
Acknowledgment of receipt of applications and notification of the results of the juried application process will be sent by e-mail from a “@tskw.org” address. Be sure to adjust your e-mail filter to receive these important messages. Applicants will be notified of their status by July 1, 2014.