Wednesday, January 25, 2012

DIY art residency

Great minds think alike. I just read Joanne Mattera's latest "Marketing Mondays" post ("Do It Yourself") and was very happy to see some the same thoughts that I've been having recently validated on her blog. The post is all about taking the DIY approach to getting the things you want to have happen with your work and art career: do your own solo shows, curate exhibitions online or in physical space, publish your own monograph, and the one that spoke the most to me at this time, create your own art residency, like sculptor Laura Moriarty did.

This past Sunday night, I was looking around the web for artist residency opportunities and kept coming up against time constraints and monetary obligations. I continued mulling over residency ideas long after I should have been asleep and slowly came around to the idea that I could create a residency in my own studio! I honestly don't know what took me so long to come up with this idea for myself, but I'm glad that I did.

So far, I've come up with a time frame of roughly two weeks full time (at least 8 hours per day in the studio) to be done in either March or April 2012. There are details to deal with, but, yeah, I think that this will be a good thing to do.


harold hollingsworth said...

I like this idea, I kinda did the same thing a year ago, without saying anything, felt I was missing out on a residency experience that a friend/peer was a part of, so hats off and hope you try some new things and some old, and surprise yourself Tim! On another note, I do wish you were here in Berlin, be fun to mess some things up visually as we got to know each other as well!

Stephanie Clayton said...

I also read Joanne's post on the do-it-yourself approach and it struck a cord with me, too.
Now I am thinking to do the same for my career...What a great idea.
Looking forward to details on your upcoming DIY residency.

Calathumpian said...

Love to see people out there with a DIY approach to artist residencies. I'm a recent art school graduate and found myself dish pigging to get by and realised that if I did it myself then the art can be made anywhere :) Check it out if ur interested (shameless plug)

Maybe an idea to get out of your studio, make art and make do at the same time... "method artistry". Good luck with it and look forward to seeing what it gives you.