HEY ARTISTS and general people who are looking for creative opportunities -->

i'm sharing what might be my life's work, which is a spreadsheet of almost 400 places that hold regular open calls for residencies, shows, and funding

y'all deserve this and we gotta take care of each other. apply to things and get that support:



also relevant! here is a little primer i together for my class last month. on trying to support yourself as an artist on the internet ~ etiquette, applications, etc



@abundance this is a fantastic resource thank you so much! I am part of a mailing list that consists of high school art teachers in New Zealand, and they would greatly appreciate a resource like this for their students

@abundance Have any of your students asked the obvious question about tailoring your practice to grants? How much does that influence the work, how much SHOULD you let it influence your practice, etc.

I have reams of notebooks of ideas for projects I've never embarked upon because I couldn't imagine it finding funding (pessimism is a curse lol)

@abundance This might be silly questions as I haven't really tried in earnest so I might be overthinking it

@abundance Then there's the question of novelty as it relates to human knowledge. Does that play a role in what you pick for your own practice?

Hope all the questions are not too bothersome. I'm feeling inquisitive tonight

@dualhammers imo its not a bad idea to shift some aspects to meet funding requirements of grants (especially if there is a hard line in there about say, community impact) but if you move things too much they stop being exciting ideas to both you and the funding committee- it sort of comes through and they can tell. sometimes they'd rather take a risk on something artistically sound than fund something safe. this isn't true everywhere, but in my experience it is more true than one would expect?

@dualhammers obviously there are lots of safe art opportunities (see public sculpture) but the difference is that the folks who win those commissions actually Believe in the thing they are making, and when i go up for them i am usually not. i feel like it translates

@abundance This makes sense to me. It explains a lot of my struggle with finding work/funding. People can tell when your heart isn't in it.

I kind of wish I could make a compelling art project about my mental health progress up and through trauma that doesn't re-tread old ground.

It's the only thing that compels my attention these days - but I don't think I can get a grant for "getting better and making art about it."

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