The Neighborhood Time Exchange: West Philadelphia Artist Residency (Time Exchange) is seeking artists for its inaugural round of residencies that will take place between January and October, 2015.
Time Exchange -- an initiative that will explore how embedded artistic practice can be a platform for social change -- was conceived by the founders of Broken City Lab, who will be curating the residency in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the People’s Emergency Center.
Time Exchange offers an unparalleled opportunity for artists to explore the complex and necessary, if uncharted, role that responsible and accountable creative practice can play in a challenged and changing neighborhood. At the core of Time Exchange are a series of artist residencies spanning one to three months housed in a newly-renovated studio space at the intersection of a diverse array of communities in West Philadelphia.
Time Exchange invites artists to engage their personal, autonomous artistic practice within the space of a studio, while also providing a platform for contributing to projects that directly and positively impact the surrounding community. In exchange for free studio space, a monthly stipend, and basic tools and supplies, artists will provide skill and time-based resources for the surrounding communities, working on civic projects suggested by residents and community-based organizations. Artists will also take part in open houses, exhibitions and similar events that will create connections with the community.
The Time Exchange residency is open to local, national and international artists. Any artist, established or emerging, working in any medium is encouraged to apply. Couples, collaboratives, and collectives may apply, but please note that we cannot offer additional funding to groups with multiple members. Artists need not have experience in mural making or social practice to be considered.
The project sponsors – Broken City Lab, the Mural Arts Program, and the People’s Emergency Center – will offer curatorial and organizational support, as well as introductions to and opportunities for connection with neighborhood and community leaders.
The deadline for applications is October 13, 2014 at 5pm. Interviews will take place in mid to late October, 2014, and the residencies will be announced in early November, 2014.