Second Shift will offer free, year-long studio residencies to three visual artists and one curator who identify as female or gender non-conforming.

Our goal is to create a program that can have an extended, measurable impact on an artist’s work and career, and create a more engaged and engaging arts community in the process. It is a reimagining of a residency as something more – as a family, a collective, a supportive space to house risk and rigor.

What we look for

We want residents with a demonstrated commitment to creating art, as well as an interest in engaging with the art practices of others. Second Shift’s program is designed to be as dynamic as possible, we aim to craft a space that is open to possibility, without being held down by prescribed outcomes. Because of this openness, crafting a group of curious and dedicated residents is integral to the program’s success. The curator and the artists will be selected based on a demonstrated commitment to furthering their own practice, and an established interest in collaboration, experimentation, and community building. We do not limit applications to those working in any particular medium or at any particular place in their career, in fact we hope to craft a group that spans ages, disciplines and backgrounds. We believe this mix of experience and interests will lead to a more fruitful residency period for all. Selection will also be based on need, we would like our fellowships to go to those who would otherwise not have access to a studio due to financial or other barriers, to ensure that our program can have the greatest impact possible.