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The Importance of Artistic Residencies

Why are artist residencies important? How do I find local art residencies? What are the types of residencies? and, how do I apply for a residency program?

Along this article we have attached some links to great sites where you can apply for various types of residencies. Feel free to take a look at our site and see if our program fits you. We hope to help you with some guidance through the next 5 important facts about international art residencies, as we consider this to be one of the most important aspects in the initial stages of and artist's career. Residencies are perfect for any type of artist and for any stage of an artist's career. If you are reading this blog you are probably just starting your career and its one of your first encounters with an artistic residency. Grow your network, get inspiration and start building your international career. Here are some important aspects

Fabrica Moderna - Lisboa, Portugal - Artist Studios

1. Uninterrupted Time for Creativity:

Artistic residencies offer artists a precious commodity—uninterrupted time solely dedicated to their craft. In today's fast-paced world, finding uninterrupted time can be challenging, but residencies provide artists with an environment free from distractions and responsibilities. This focused time allows artists to delve deep into their creative process, experiment with new techniques, and push the boundaries of their artistic expression.

2. Exploration and Inspiration:

Residencies often take place in unique and inspiring locations, be it remote countryside retreats, bustling cities, or cultural hubs. The change of scenery and exposure to different cultures, landscapes, and communities can spark new ideas and fresh perspectives. Artists have the opportunity to explore and draw inspiration from their surroundings, incorporating elements of their residency experience into their work. The stimulation gained from these environments can lead to innovative breakthroughs and renewed artistic vigor.

Word of Advise: Look for residencies that have funding and actually want to help you as an artist. Many residencies, Open Calls and exhibitions (interesting topics coming in our next articles) will charge fees for your participation. These can be beneficial, but their main interest seems to be blinded by economic gains rather than supporting the artists career. Look into Rivet and click on "With Funding". I have personally applied for many and they are great opportunities that will support you economically and artistically.

3. Collaboration and Networking:

Artistic residencies bring together a diverse group of artists from various backgrounds and disciplines. This convergence fosters a rich environment for collaboration, exchange of ideas, and cross-pollination of artistic practices. Artists can engage in dialogue, share techniques, and gain insights from their peers, creating a supportive network that extends beyond the residency itself. These connections often lead to long-lasting collaborations, joint projects, and future opportunities for artistic growth.

4. Exposure and Recognition:

Residencies frequently offer opportunities for artists to showcase their work through exhibitions, open studios, or public presentations. These platforms provide exposure to audiences, curators, critics, and fellow artists, increasing visibility and recognition within the art community. The validation and feedback received during residencies can be invaluable for an artist's confidence and professional development, as well as opening doors to future exhibitions, grants, and commissions.

5. Personal and Artistic Development:

The focused and reflective nature of artistic residencies allows artists to delve into their practice, confront creative challenges, and explore new directions. They provide a safe space for self-reflection, self-discovery, and personal growth. Through critiques, workshops, and mentorship opportunities often offered at residencies, artists can refine their technical skills, experiment with different mediums, and gain valuable insights into their artistic process. This growth extends beyond the residency period, shaping an artist's future artistic trajectory.


Artistic residencies hold immense value in an artist's career, offering them a transformative and enriching experience. By providing uninterrupted time, exposure to new environments, collaboration opportunities, and recognition within the art community, residencies contribute significantly to an artist's personal and artistic development. The creative energy and inspiration gained during residencies often have a lasting impact, shaping the artist's practice and paving the way for future success. Therefore, artists should seize the opportunity to participate in artistic residencies as a means to further their careers and expand the horizons of their artistic expression.

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