The New York Art Residency and Studios (NARS) Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization committed to supporting artists and curators on an international level as well engaging the local community in Brooklyn and the Greater New York area. NARS provides an array of creative support services and professional development opportunities to artists through its international residency program, progressive exhibition programs, and engaging public programs. These services operate in conjunction with our community outreach initiatives to promote greater accessibility to contemporary art for the under-served local community in south Brooklyn. Our mission is to present diverse platforms on which to nurture creative inspiration and innovative cross-pollination of ideas.

The NARS International Residency program provides 3-6 month studio-based residencies for international and US based artists in an in-house community of artists in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Spacious studios, studio visits, field trips artists talks, exhibitions, Open Studios, and other public programming are designed to offer essential professional development and access to international and local networks, in addition to the time, space, and other resources artists need to dedicate to their projects and studio practice in New York. 

NARS  accepts applications and submissions for its International Studio Residency Program and Exhibition Proposals from artists and curators. Please review guidelines for each current open call and visit our website for more information on all of our programming and upcoming open calls. Although NARS selects a limited number of artists through rolling-admissions, year-round, subject to availability, we encourage you to apply through the 2 annual open calls to be considered for the International Studio Residency program. 

 If you have any further questions, please contact applications@narsfoundation.org.


 NARS Outreach Program

Call for Workshop Proposals 2021 - 2022

Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis.

NARS is pleased to invite teaching artists to send workshop proposals for our Free Saturday Family Workshop series, which take place monthly in 2021 -2022. We're currently looking for proposals of virtual workshops.

The proposed workshops should be accessible for families and children of all ages. Artists should plan to lead a small introduction, and then help participants in a hands on workshop. NARS will provide all necessary art supplies, space, and administrative support, as well as a small budget for purchasing specialty items. NARS offers a modest $100 honorarium to all Teaching Artists.

Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview at the NARS office with NARS staff.

Workshops are held 2-4pm one Saturday a month between March - November

Our Educational Community Outreach Initiatives strive to create a connection between artists working today and the next generation by cultivating critical thinking, curiosity, creative problem solving skills, and greater self-esteem through hands-on visual arts experiences. Our fundamental goal is to engage and inspire young artists and art enthusiasts through interactive arts programming.

Alongside our international residency and exhibitions program, these workshops seek to create a platform for exchanging ideas and create a stronger community.

Eligibility & Requirements

All teaching artists regardless of age, gender, and nationality are eligible to apply.

All proposals should be tailored to a 2 hour virtual session.

Applicants may submit up to 3 proposals of workshops, whether individually or on a team, per Open Call.

*If you have any questions please contact us at info@narsfoundation.org, or call NARS from Monday to Friday, between 11 am and 5 pm.

MATERIALS REQUESTED

• Contact Information

• Proposed Workshop Title

• Short Description of Workshop to be shared publicly if accepted.

• Up to 10 Work Samples composed of Images, text, audio, or video.  Images should be in JPEG format no larger than 1000 x 1000 pixels @ 72 dpi. Format each file name as “Artist’s last name_Artist’s first name_1.jpg,” “Artist’s last name_ Artist’s first name_2.jpg,” etc.



Free Studio Space at NARS Foundation

For NY Based Applicants ONLY

The current open call accepts rolling applications from NY based artists who are in need of temporary studio space and unable to afford it.

NARS’ mission is geared towards creating community while fostering expansion and exchange of artistic and cultural practices. We have witnessed the impact that the current health crisis has had on artists and in the development of their work. With this in mind we have decided to dedicate part of the NARS Studios to 2 individual NY based artists who are in need of a space but unable to afford it.
Note that this is a separate program from the International Residency.

The subsidized Studio Space will only be available for the stated period. Throughout this time, artists will have 24/7 access to their spaces and will be able to liaise with a diverse artistic community.  The studio is a work-space only. Artists who need additional funding and support for materials, and accommodations should apply to other sources. Selected artists will be responsible for a $300 security deposit that is refundable at the end of their stay.

Applications will be reviewed based on the following calendar. Late submissions will not be accepted. Open but incomplete application forms will not be processed.

Application Period      Selection Period        Results          Program Period

   Sept 20 - Oct 4          Oct 5 - 11             Oct 12 - 18       Oct 25 - Dec 20

   Oct 5 - Nov 28               Nov 29 - Dec 3        Dec 6 - 10       Jan 3 - March 25

   Jan 17 - Feb 27       Feb 28 - Mar 4       March 7 - 11       April 1 - June 24

   April 25 - May 29       May 30- June 3    June 6 - 10       July 1 - Sept 23

   July 18 - Aug 28       Aug 29 - Sept 2       Sept 5 - 9       Oct 3 - Dec 20


*If you have any questions please contact us at applications@narsfoundation.org, or call NARS (718-768-2765) from Monday to Friday, between 11 am and 5 pm.


ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to all NY based visual artists with an active professional practice of at least three years. All information submitted on the application form, C.V. and support materials must be in English.
APPLICATION FEE: This application has no fee.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Open Call applicants must apply using this online form. Please review the application requirements listed below before beginning your application.

It is advised that all applicants create a log-in to be able to partially complete the form and return to finish it at a later date. Before submitting your application, you will be directed to a confirmation page where you will be able to review your form and return to edit or delete your uploaded files as needed. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to access your form again. Applicants will receive a confirmation email once the application form has been successfully submitted.

All information submitted on the application form, C.V. and support materials must be in English.

NAME OF APPLICANT & CONTACT INFORMATION: Applicants must provide a current address and, if applicable, an alternate/permanent address.

C.V.: A copy of your most up to date CV should be uploaded in either Word or PDF format. Please make sure to include date and place of birth. Name your CV file “Artist’s Last Name_Artist’s First Name.doc/pdf.”

WRITTEN STATEMENT: Applicants will be required to write a brief statement that details how they have been impacted by COVID-19, and explain their specific need for studio space. (400 words).

ARTIST BIO AND STATEMENT OF WORK: (300 words).

WORK SAMPLE: Artists may upload up to 10 work samples, a combination of images and/or audio, video files. Artists may also provide video links (from their personal site or from video hosting sites such as vimeo or youtube). Images should be in JPEG format no larger than 1000 pixels on any side @ 72 dpi. Format each jpeg file name as “Artist’s Last NameArtist’s First Name1.jpg,” “Artist’s Last Name_ Artist’s First Name_2.jpg,” etc.

WORK SAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Each uploaded image or video must be accompanied by a corresponding Work Sample Description which lists the Title, Year, Medium, Dimensions of the artwork.

PROOF OF FINANCIAL SITUATION: Please include the last three bank statements, and/or any other documentation that may support your application.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications containing images and documents that are not labeled or uploaded according to the guidelines above will NOT be reviewed. Images will not be accepted by email.

NON-DISCRIMINATION: The program encourages and welcomes the participation of artists from all backgrounds and does not discriminate with regard to age, race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, marital status, or nation of origin in its admission policies.

SELECTION: A jury consisting of NARS staff and select art professionals will review eligible applications on the merit of artistic quality and level of need; studio practice; and the potential professional development and benefit from engaging with the NARS community.

NOTIFICATION: Notifications of the results will be sent via e-mail between in the dates indicated above. Please make sure that the email address provided on the application form is an account that you check regularly. 

For INTERNATIONAL Applicants ONLY

Please review the International Artist Residency Program Application Guidelines prior to beginning your application and submitting your proposal.

Open but incomplete application forms and forms not accompanied by an application fee will not be processed.

If you are an international artist residing in the US for over 3 years, you are eligible to apply as a US Based applicant to our Open Calls. The next Open Call will be in announced in Spring 2022.

International Applicants may apply for three-month and six-month residencies. Three-month residencies are the length of one season, and six-month residencies will span across two seasons. We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for 2022 - 2023, spanning from January – December. 

ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to all international and national visual artists with an active professional practice of at least three years. All information submitted on the application form, C.V. and support materials must be in English. Artists who are currently based in the U.S. are eligible to apply as either International or US artists, accordingly. Applicants do not have to be citizens or permanent residents. However, they must already be legally residing in the U.S. and be able to provide a current U.S. mailing address. Students are not eligible to apply.

APPLICATION FEE: A non-refundable application fee of $35 (US) is required with each application. Payment must be submitted via credit card through the online application form payment system. After you complete and submit your application, you will be directed to a confirmation page and a link to pay your application fee. The application fee must be paid at the time of submitting your application as you will not be able to re-log-in to access the payment page again. DO NOT mail checks, cash or send money via Western Union, Money Gram, Postal Money Gram to the NARS Foundation office.

NOTIFICATION: Notifications of the results will be sent via e-mail within six weeks of the deadline. Please make sure that the email address provided on the application form is an account that you check regularly. A Letter of Acceptance for use in obtaining additional funding support or visas can be requested after you receive your email notification of acceptance.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Open Call applicants must apply using this online application form. Please review the application requirements listed below before beginning your application. Note that there are two separate applications for US-Based artists and International artists. If you reside in the US, you are eligible to apply as a US-Based artist.

It is advised that all applicants create a log-in to be able to partially complete the form and return to finish it at a later date. Before submitting your application, you will be directed to a confirmation page where you will be able to review your form and return to edit or delete your uploaded files as needed. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to access your form again. Applicants will receive a confirmation email once the application form has been successfully submitted.

All information submitted on the application form, C.V. and support materials must be in English.

  1. NAME OF APPLICANT & CONTACT INFORMATION: Applicants must provide a current address and, if applicable, an alternate/permanent address.
  2. C.V.: A copy of your most up to date CV should be uploaded in either Word or PDF format. Include your date and place of birth, and citizenship. Name your CV file “Artist’s Last Name_Artist’s First Name.doc/pdf.” The collaborating partner’s information and CV must also be submitted.
  3. RESIDENCY TERM PREFERENCE: Applicants must select their preferred residency term plus one alternative date from the available terms for each open call. A residency term may be three months long or the length of one season or six-months spanning across two seasons. Please refer to the application to check which terms we are currently accepting submissions for.
  4. RESIDENCY PROPOSAL/GOALS & ARTIST STATEMENT: Applicants will be required to write two brief statements that detail: the proposed residency project or activities (400 words) and an Artist Bio (300 words).
  5. WORK SAMPLE: Artists may upload up to 10 work samples, a combination of images and/or audio, video files. Artists may also provide video links (from their personal site or from video hosting sites such as Vimeo or youtube). Images should be in JPEG format no larger than 1000 pixels on any side @ 72 dpi. Format each jpeg file name as “Artist’s Last NameArtist’s First Name1.jpg,” “Artist’s Last Name_ Artist’s First Name_2.jpg,” etc.
  6. WORK SAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Each uploaded image or video link must be accompanied by a corresponding Work Sample Description which lists the Title, Year, Medium, Dimensions of the artwork.

Collaborations: Applicants who wish to apply as collaborators need only submit one application form and application fee. One member of the collaborative team must be selected as the main applicant; their contact information will be used for all preliminary correspondence and notification. If the collaboration consists of more than two people, please contact us directly in order to proceed with your application.

PLEASE NOTE:
Applications containing images and documents that are not labeled or uploaded according to the guidelines above will NOT be reviewed. Images will not be accepted by email.

NON-DISCRIMINATION: The program encourages and welcomes the participation of artists from all backgrounds and does not discriminate with regard to age, race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, marital status, or nation of origin in its admission policies.

SELECTION: A jury consisting of NARS staff and select art professionals will review eligible applications on the merit of artistic quality; proposed project and studio practice; and the potential professional development and benefit from engaging with the NARS community and programs.

NOTIFICATION: Notifications of the results will be sent via e-mail within eight weeks of the submission. Please make sure that the email address provided on the application form is an account that you check regularly. A Letter of Acceptance for use in obtaining additional funding support or visas can be requested after you receive your email notification of acceptance.

NARS Foundation