ART PROSPECT RESIDENCIES application guidelines

Application deadline is February 10

The Art Prospect Network Residency program supports one-month residences at the Art Prospect partner organizations in 12 countries for artists and curators working in the fields of socially engaged and public art. Artists and curators from the US and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan are eligible to apply. For the US artists, priority will be given to Black, Indigenous, and artists or curators of color. The residencies will take place between April 15 and December 31, 2022.  

Interested artists and curators are encouraged to apply by completing the online application form.

Please, read the following guidelines carefully before starting your application at the bottom of this page.

Artists and curators from the US and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan with significant experience in the fields of socially engaged art and/or public art are invited to apply. Applicants should be practicing artists and curators over age 21. Students and nonprofessional artists and curators are not eligible.

All applications are evaluated by an independent interdisciplinary review panel comprised of international arts professionals based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic or professional excellence of the applicant’s work.
  • Experience in the fields of socially engaged art and public art.
  • Potential for the applicant to interact with the community in the practice of his or her art form.
  • Benefit to the applicant, at this time in his/her career, from transnational exchange.
  • Applicant’s plans for sharing the benefits of the exchange with artists and institutions in his/her home country.
  • Applicant’s ability to meet cross-cultural challenges successfully.

The selection process is competitive and applicants should anticipate a highly rigorous review of their work. Please carefully follow the instructions for submitting work samples below. Applications missing any of the required materials will not be considered.
We recognize that each artist’s experience may prove to be profoundly different from what he or she anticipated as an applicant. Successful residencies reflect a balance between expectations of accomplishing specific goals and being open to new processes and opportunities for collaboration.

1. A completed Art Prospect Network Residency online application form.

2. Responses to the following questions:

a. Describe the current issues in your work and explain how a residency in one of the Art Prospect Network countries will advance your professional development as an artist or curator. (300 words maximum)

b. Please describe previous projects that have involved community engagement or participation, and explain how you plan to engage with local artists and communities during your residency. (300 words maximum)

c. What types of projects, activities or encounters do you hope to take part in, keeping in mind that your residency may take place in any of the 12 Art Prospect Network countries? (300 words maximum)

d. What prior experience have you had as an artist or curator outside your home country? (200 words maximum)

e. Each resident is required to give at least one public talk or event. What would you share with the local community? (200 words maximum)

3. A résumé or Curriculum Vitae (one-page only PDF file).

4. A letter of recommendation (one-page only PDF file) from a colleague or supervisor that explains how a residency will benefit you professionally and why it is an important endeavor at this time in your career. These letters can be submitted to info(at)cecartslink(dot)org separately from your application, but must arrive within two weeks of the application deadline.  Letters without signatures and reference’s contact information cannot be accepted. A letter of recommendation is not mandatory and applications submitted without the letter of recommendation will be considered. 

5. If you represent an organization, please submit a one-page description of your organization. Include information about staff size and resources.

6. Applicants are advised to submit recent quality work samples. Please follow the instructions for submitting work samples in the application. Applicants should make sure their work is properly labeled and that all work samples are fully and succinctly described. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Important information

The work sample is a critical part of your application. Because of the limited time available for the review panel, you are encouraged to prepare a well-organized presentation that exhibits your work in the best possible light.

Work samples should be recent (not more than 5 years old), preferably of projects that are technically or conceptually relevant to the work proposed for the residency. Work samples in a language other than English must be accompanied by a synopsis or translation. 

You can upload your work samples when you complete the online application form. Please include the following information about each sample: title, date, medium, dimensions/duration, your role and short description (no more than 4 sentences). List the work samples in the order in which you would like to have them viewed. For large files, please, use Internet services capable to transfer large-sized data, like Dropbox or WeTransfer. You also may submit links to your video or audio files on YouTube, Soundcloud or Vimeo. ONLY files submitted via Internet services Dropbox and WeTransfer must be accompanied by a Work Sample Sheet (download here). Samples submitted without proper descriptions will not be considered. 

Please label your materials with your full name as it appears on your application.


Up to 10 images in JPEG format. 

  • The file name should be in the following format: Number_LastName_Title (e.g. 01_Smith_Untitled 1, 02_Smith_Untitled 2, etc.). 
  • Each image file should be no larger than 2 MB. 
  • Submit individual image files only – NO PowerPoint, PDF or Keynote presentations will be accepted.

Videos or Audios 

Two different 3-5 minute video/audio samples. 

  • Video/audio files should be in MOV, AVI, MPEG, MP3, MP4 or FLV format for viewing/listening on a PC. 
  • Label each digital file as follows: Number_LastName_Title.ext (e.g. 01_Smith_Untitled3.mp4). 
  • The maximum file size for uploaded video or audio files is 20MB. (For larger file size, please, use Internet services capable to transfer large files, like Dropbox or WeTransfer. You also may submit link to your video or audio files on YouTube, Soundcloud or Vimeo. Files submitted via Internet services must be accompanied by Work Sample Sheet) 
  • For longer pieces, note the time cues for the segment that best represents the entire work. 

For Curators

Please submit digitized examples of published, professional writing or documentation of the applicant’s work as an arts professional. You may also submit digitalized items of descriptive literature about the organization(s) you represent (pdf documents of catalogues, brochures, press materials, etc.). All work samples should be accompanied by a description of the materials presented and your involvement in their content development, design and/or distribution (i.e., manager of the program, designer or developer of brochure, general organizational information). Work samples in a language other than English should be accompanied by a synopsis or translation.


Art Prospect Network Residencies for artists and curators are one month in length.  Residencies are scheduled between April 15 and December 31, 2022.

CEC ArtsLink provides international travel, visa support and health insurance (if needed), accommodation, per diem, and a small production budget.  Host organizations make all local arrangements and provide ongoing organizational support and translation as needed.

At the conclusion of the residency, each participant will be required to submit a report with digital documentation that discusses the work accomplished and its impact on his or her professional development.


Art Prospect Network Residency applicants will be notified of the review panel decision in late March 2022.

For more information about the Residency Program, please contact Liza Matveeva,  Program Manager, at lmatveeva(at)cecartslink(dot)org