2023 Artist Residencies - New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

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Activated: 04/01/2022
Deadline: 08/31/2022
Call Summary
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park seeks artists to take part in our residency program!

We pose this challenge to our artists: look at New Bedford as a source of inspiration for their work. Possibilities can include, but are not limited to history, heritage, ecology, identity, and historic preservation. This residency is for artists that wish to engage with our collective stories, community, visitors, staff, and volunteers. Visit to learn more about us and our mission.

Art should be accessible to all people. It is the artist’s role to act as a catalyst for both inspiration and radical inclusion.
During the residency, in addition to maintaining open studio hours, artists will offer two types of public programs. The programs can be workshops, talks, demonstrations or other programs. Past examples range from children’s craft days, to comic-making workshops, to live performance. Park staff are available to help artists brainstorm, help, and install program ideas. The events should occur on AHA! Nights (, weekends, or school vacation days. All events will be free and open to the public.

Applications/Proposals will be judged on the following:
1. Uniqueness of Proposal - Based on initial concepts, is there evidence that the proposed work is likely to be unique to the residency?
2. Appropriate Residency - Can the artist work within the limitations of our site, building, and program?
3. Artistic Merit - Artistic maturity, quality, and technical ability as demonstrated in applicant's portfolio.
4. Public Engagement - How does the artist plan to engage our visitors and our community at large?
Budget Description
Artists will receive three monthly installments of $833.33 over three months, totaling $2,500 for the residency.

Please note: housing is not included in this residency.
Project Description
This call is for Artist Residencies that will take place in 2023.

We will select FOUR artists to complete residencies during the following times in 2023: January-March; April-June; July-September; October-December.

Please specify on your application your primary and secondary time preferences.

Our program is distinguished by the distinctive opportunities we offer participants: a $2,500 stipend, both studio and exhibition space, personalized professional development, promotional support and supplies. Applications are competitive, and only one resident will be selected per session.
In the application, artists should be sure to outline the scope of their prior work, the role of the residency program in further developing their work, how New Bedford will serve as a source of inspiration, and their plan for public engagement. Strongest consideration will be given to artists who engage with all the components of our residency program. We especially encourage graduate and professional artists living in New Bedford to apply.

Available Equipment:
-2017 iMac
-Nikon D500
-Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E VR lens
-Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G
-Photo backdrops (White, Black, and Green Chromakey)
-Interactive SMART Board (SBID 7075)
-Panasonic PTMZ770U - (8,000 lumen laser projector)
-Epson DS-50000 Scanner
-TASCAM Linear PCM Recorder
-Yeti Table Top USB Mic
-3 Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine
-5 Ukuleles
-Various hand-held percussion instruments
-Concert PA System
Housing is not included in this residency. All artists must provide their own housing for the three-month residency.
All artists are encouraged to apply, including student and professional artists.
Application Requirements
Resume: 1 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 - 5
Artist Statement: 300 word maximum
Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum
Please include a description on how you will use New Bedford as a source for inspiration, and how you plan to engage with the public through your project/artwork.
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Selection Information
Selection Process
Selections will be made in September 2022; all artists will be contacted via email no later than November 1, 2021.

The applications will be rated and paneled by a combination of former Artists-in-Residence and local art professionals.
Selection Criteria
Highest consideration will be given to artists based in New England, proposals that contain clearly articulated public engagement, and proposals that respond directly to this call.
Additional Resources
Contact Information
Lindsay Compton
Artist in Residence and Youth Programs Coordinator
33 William St
New Bedford MA 02740 United States
Submission Instructions


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