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. 

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