High Concept Labs | Artist in Residency Program Application | Season 2020-2021

(AIR) is the flagship program of High Concept Labs (HCL), inviting artists across disciplines to apply for support of the creation of new work in any stage of development. Since 2009, HCL has awarded residencies to more than 200 independent artists as part of its mission to strengthen the creative sector by providing a residency environment of experimentation and discovery that is accessible and supports artists to flourish. Artists receive free studio space, documentation, marketing, and fundraising support, and have the opportunity to show work at every stage of creation with HCL producing support. In 2020, HCL is instituting a $1,000 stipend per resident, to be remitted over the course of the residency year.

The values guiding HCL’s AIR program are:
o artistic freedom through the fulfillment of a process that encourages collective and personal exploration and growth;
o cultural diversity through the broadening of access to the arts;
o universal principles of equity, respect, and inclusion;
o personal conduct to treat others in a straightforward and respectful manner, celebrate achievement in others, and promote an ambitious entrepreneurial culture.



**New in 2020: Each Artist in Residency will receive a $1,000 stipend over the course of the residency year.

The Residency length is twelve months [beginning November 2, 2020, ending November 1, 2021.]

During the residency, artists are encouraged to further their research, funding, and development support for the project. In addition, they may organize and are encouraged to participate in HCL-organized events designed to open the studio in order to spur, develop, examine, and articulate ideas, including:
o peer-to-peer showings
o facilitated dialogues
o workshops
o digital documentation as a process tool
o reflective writing
o access to the resources of partners, research institutions, and the civic community



The HCL studio is located on the fourth floor of Mana Contemporary, at 2233 S Throop.
The total studio size is 1,700 square feet and has 6 pillars that run three feet from the length of two walls. The room is enclosed by two glass walls visible from the common hallways and two solid walls. The studio floor is three inches high from the hallway floor, requiring a small step up. The room has three lockable exit/entry doors.
The studio provides 1,500 square feet of sprung wood flooring with marley. It is equipped with 1 ceiling-mounted projector, PA system, baby grand Steinway piano, 20 folding chairs, 4 stools, floor cushions, 2 folding tables.

The two glass walls of the studio allow in the lighting from the common hallways, which have motion sensors programmed by Mana Contemporary. The glass walls may create a reverberant space for sound and music. For full privacy, sound management and light control, black cloths are available by HCL. HCL can schedule temporary shutoff of the sensors by special request. For any installation requiring drilling or hanging into wall and ceiling surfaces please consult with HCL staff.



Applications open: Monday, August 24th, 2020
Applications close: Friday, September 25th, 2020 [11:59pm]
Residency timeline: Monday, November 2, 2020 - Monday, November 1, 2021

The residency application consists of a short questionnaire and request for work samples. We recommend your thorough review of the guidelines including important information about the program, and criteria, prior to starting to complete the application form. We also recommend preparing your proposal on a separate document to avoid technical issues when completing the form online.

The successful applicant to the AIR program is an emerging or established individual or collective with a record of creating work and clear goals for their residency. Artists may apply with projects at any stage of development and across any, or many, disciplines. HCL provides appropriate support at every stage of research, creation, workshop, presentation, and post-premiere.

The applicant review and evaluation is by HCL staff and Artistic Advisory Council and selections are based on:
1. a demonstrated commitment to artistic practice
2. a vision for the future of one’s creative practice
3. an arresting reason to be in residency at the time
4. the potential of AIR to be followed by an HCL Incubation year, for other opportunities in support of the work (commissioning, presenting, funding, new connections, writings for scholarly or public distribution about the artist or in connection with the residency)
5. a desire to participate in an exploratory environment that fosters research and exchange of ideas and practices
6. an openness to fostering a sense of community during AIR and across the performance field
7. an openness to sharing process and work, as a means of fostering critical thinking and building peer relationships within the residency year .


Please contact info@highconceptlabs.org for additional questions about the application process.
Name *
Please list the name of the artist or artist collective applying for this residency. If collective, please include the names of the individual artists a part of this collective or group.
Contact Name *
Please list the name of the individual submitting this application. This person will be the main contact for High Concept Labs throughout the application process, and if selected, the Residency year. Please note that emails are automatically collected as a part of this application process.
Pronouns of main contact *
Please tell us which pronouns to use when communicating with the main contact for this application.
Contact phone number *
Please list the phone number of the individual submitting this application, if available.
Contact mailing address *
Please list a mailing address or PO Box number which High Concept Labs should use in communications regarding this application.
Artist Bio *
[300 word limit for individual applicants, 500 word limit for collectives or groups] Include personal history and artistic influences. If applying for a collective, please include collective or group history, or individual history and influences as they relate to the collective or group if this is the first time the group is working together.
Relevant Experience *
Please list relevant experience of artist, collective, or group, or individual of the group if this is the collectives first time working together. Write "see attached" if you plan to attach an artist resume or CV as one of your media files.
Artist Statement *
[300 word limit] Address the concept and direction of your proposal and its relation to your art practice.
Project Proposal *
[300 word limit] Please provide a brief overview of the project proposed for the residency year, including details about how you will realize your work. // **Examples of a residency include multiples or a single focus on writing, journaling, training, rehearsal, sewing, recording, filming, meetings, giving classes—as part of the process or as the project itself—or in order to research, begin, develop, complete and/or present a work.
Project Budget *
[300 word limit] Please provide a projected expense/revenue budget and notes for sources of support. // **HCL provides artists with a modest stipend to help offset out of pocket expenses, and endeavors with grant writing help to support your greater financial expenditures involved in participating in the residency including: personal costs eg time off from work, child care, local transportation; project costs eg fees for collaborators, equipment rentals, supplies. While HCL is unable at this time to offer such financial support, strong applications address how project costs will be met. Write n/a if not applicable.
Essential residency support to fulfill project goals. *
[500 word limit] Please describe ways in which the residency will assist the furthering of your project toward stated goals. // **HCL values process and designs the residency with you, and may add to standard support dedicated resources. Examples of your work that may be provided with special support include you teaching classes or workshops; curating works by others; holding in-progress showings; participating in artist critiques; organizing roundtables. Be as specific as possible based on what is known at this point in time.
Attachments: CV + Media *
Please read the instructions here carefully, and confirm below that you have submitted your media files alongside this application form. // **Please separately submit an email with your media files to info@highconceptlabs.org, with the subject line: "Artist in Residency 2020 Application - [Name of Artist or Artist Collective]". Provide any or all of the five items: Images up to 5MB each, Video up to 250MB each, Audio up to 30MB each, PDFs up to 10MB each, 3D Models, External Media from Youtube, Soundcloud and Vimeo.
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