Monday, October 31, 2011
Just wanted you to know that I am without power and thus, without internet access. We got slammed by a Nor' Easter in Massachusetts and many towns are without electricity. I drove to another town to a friend's house where they have power. So no Mira's List posts until the power is restored. I am not sure how long it will take. Hopefully it will be back soon.
Also, I go on the road this Thursday and will be on the road finishing up my book tour until Sept. 22nd. I will try to post when and if I can. Please check my website calendar under 'events' to see if I am reading anywhere near you: http://www.thememorypalace.com.
I hope you are all staying warm and cozy! Fortunately, we have a wood stove in the house (the studio is useless in the barn though). And we can get water in the center of town.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Greetings on a rainy, gloomy day! I just have a quick correction to make (already made on the original post but it doesn't hurt to tell you now as well)—the link to writer Mary Beth Ellis on this previous post about Mira's List fans' residency experiences was wrong. The real website link should be this: http://www.blondechampagne.com in case you want to read more about Mary Beth. Sorry for the mistake.
If any others would like to send me a couple photos from a residency they did in the last year or so, one they found on Mira's List, please send them to me as jpgs (no larger than 400 KB) and write a few words on what the place was like and what you did there. I need to know:
1. name of place and location (and link if you have it)
2. your website link (if you have one and if you'd like me to link your name to it)
3. whether or not you want me to post your full name
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
p.s. if any of you are local, i.e. living in Western Massachusetts, my very last local event is tomorrow, Thursday, October 27th, at Greenfield Community College in the library. It's at 4 pm and is the Writer's Harvest benefit for the GCC Food Pantry. Hope to see some of you there! xox
(ARTISTS & PERFORMING ARTISTS) Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants—Created in 1993, Emergency Grants provides speedy funding for visual and performing artists who have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public, or who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates. The grants are intended to support the creation of innovative and experimental work, and are meant to assist individuals and groups when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding.
Requests are primarily granted to artists who are "emerging" and have few sources of financial support. Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists working anywhere in the United States.
Emergency Grants applications are accepted year round; there is no deadline. There is no application form; please check the website for application requirements. Grants are determined on a monthly basis by the Emergency Grants Panel, a volunteer committee of established artists. In 2010, grants ranged in amount from $200 to $2,000; the average grant was $900.
Special funds for travel to Asia, Central Europe and Eastern Europe:
In addition to providing support for artists with immediate needs related to performing and exhibition opportunities, FCA has special funds for last-minute or unexpected travel or other expenses for US-based artists presenting work throughout Asia, Central Europe and Eastern Europe. Such requests must meet general Emergency Grants program guidelines in order to be eligible.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
From composer and sound artist Charlie Williams:
Here is a picture of me at Arteles Creative Center in the remote Finnish woods. I am doing sound recording in the forest for some computer-interactive documentation of sound and space with a photographer I met there. Another thing I did at the residency was write one song every day with fellow resident Emma Hooper, based on a different Wikipedia article. Those are up at http://emmaandcharlie.
Massachusetts artist, Julie Lapping River:
Artist, Sara Everett:
Hi Mira, I would love to share how wonderful our experience was at the
Soaring Gardens residency in rural Pennsylvania two summers ago, which we discovered on your blog. We were provided with a gorgeous studio and living accommodations next door in a lovely older home with beautiful grounds. We applied as a group of three artists working collectively and had a fruitful, inspiring and rewarding three weeks. The best ever!!! The three of us, Diane Travis, BZ Reily and I (Julie Lapping Rivera) began a true collaboration from that point forward. I am attaching a pic. Thank you Mira!
JulieWriter, Mary Beth Ellis:Hi Mira! I just wrapped up my third residency of 2011, two of which I discovered through Mira's List. Thanks so much for all you do; couldn't be more thrilled for your success with "The Memory Palace" :)The snowy picture was taken when I was a writer in residence at ISLAND Hill House. In northern Michigan, on days when I'd see the thermometer rise above 0 and celebrate the warmer weather, I met the inspiration for my second book. The story is here: http://tinyurl.com/3eztk8jThe second of the Reading Room at the American Antiquarian Society, where as an artist in residence I studied broadsides from the American Revolution. This was the daily view from my office. Here, I wrote about balancing the book I began at ISLAND Hill House with studying an entirely different topic: http://tinyurl.com/6cyxb65
In November of 2010 I was lucky enough to get to go to the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, USA "the land where painting all day every day is the rule, not the exception. The oasis where every meal is served with artists & writers to dine with galore." Which I applied to after following a link on your blog. I have changed the course of my life because of it and now try to live as close to a residency lifestyle as I can!
Thanks for your wonderful work,
Friday, October 21, 2011
Also, coming soon: pictures and testimonials from Mira's List fans who got their residency info from my site. If you had a great residency in the last couple years and you got it from my site, please send me a picture or two, plus a link to your website if you have one, plus a couple sentences about WHERE it was and why it was good for you. Thanks! Send this stuff to: [email protected] and please—no large jpgs over 400 or 500 kb because I have a slow connection.
Onward and upward—the following three opportunities are from the wondrous site re-title.com.
(ALL) The Instituto Sacatar Artist Residency in Brazil—Deadline 14 November, 2011—The Instituto Sacatar operates a residency program for creative individuals in all disciplines at its estate on the Island of Itaparica in the Bay of All Saints, across from the city of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
A UNESCO/Aschberg bursary to the Instituto Sacatar provides a two-month stay at the Sacatar estate on the island of Itaparica, Brazil, including:- round-trip airfare at best rates in economy class - a room with private bath - a separate studio - meals Dates of residency: 9 April - 4 June 2012 or 18 June - 13 August 2012
Origin of candidates: Born and continue to live in Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific Islands. More Information
UKS and INCA announce a new residence program. We are currently accepting applications to attend the INCA residence program in Detroit during the spring 2012. The residence program is open for Norwegian based artists, poets, scholars and curators. All residents are offered a 1 – 2 month stay including travel expenses, housing, studio, monthly stipend and a production budget. http://uks.no/#inca
Possible projects could include publications, community work or volunteering, exhibitions, performances, and research. In the proposal we are looking for an intended working approach and not neccesarily a detailed project description. We will evaluate the relevance of the proposal and help to provide the best working conditions and network in Detroit. It is recommended that the resident has a valid drivers license. INCA is a non-profit organization founded by Bergman/Salinas: http://www.incainstitute.org/(STUDENTS: MUSIC & FINE ARTS) Federal Commission for Scholarships studies in Switzerland—The Swiss Government awards a range of scholarships to foreign students through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS): university scholarships (Swiss universities and Federal Institutes of Technology), arts scholarships (schools of music and fine arts) and scholarships for universities of applied sciences (UAS). These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies or research in Switzerland at a public funded university or recognised institution. (FCS) Swiss Government scholarships for university, fine arts and music schools: http://www.sbf.admin.ch/htm/
Arts scholarships: Scholarships in the fields of fine arts and music are only available to advanced candidates from the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Russia, Romania, Turkey, USA.
* Candidates must hold a university degree (Bachelors/Masters) on commencement of the scholarship.
* Candidates must be able to demonstrate their academic abilities and what they aim to achieve.
* Candidates must contact the institution and/or the professor supervising their period of research. Universities may request supplementary information and/or set certain additional conditions to determine whether or not you qualify for admission.
* Candidates must be under the age of 35 (born on or after 1.1.1977).
* Candidates must be suitably proficient in the language of instruction (French, German, Italian or English). A language test is required.
* Swiss government scholarships may not be combined with other scholarships or awards.
Length and amount
Scholarships are provided for a nine-month academic year. Scholarships for postgraduate or Masters programs lasting up to 2 years (3 or 4 semesters) may be extended depending on results from the first year.
Scholarships consist of monthly payments of:
CHF 1920.- for postgraduate students
CHF 1920.- for fine arts and music students
For more info, go to: http://www.sbf.admin.ch/htm/
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
A 10,000 EUR grant awarded to a young artist for studies abroad
Deadline: 15th November 2011.
The Jean-Claude Reynal Foundation, under the auspices of the Foundation of France, in collaboration with the Fine Arts School of Bordeaux, offers an annual grant of 10,000 EUR to enable a young artist, who works directly on paper, to travel to a country of his/her choice for a period of 6 months maximum.
Candidates must be between 20 and 30 years of age and have had an artistic practice on paper for at least two years. All artists are eligible regardless of educational background or nationality.
50% of the scholarship money will be paid before departure and 50% at the time and place of the residency. The prize winner authorizes the Reynal Foundation to use a work of his/her choice on the media announcing the following year's scholarship competition. The chosen work will be approved by the executive committee.
Modalities of participation
Registration only online on
that allows to:
1. fill in the application form (studies, curriculum, travel project);
2. upload your portfolio as a PDF or PowerPoint file, or as a zipped folder (maximum filesize: 10 MB).
Deadline for online registration: 15th of November 2011.
A first examination and selection will take place in the beginning of December.
The selected artists will have to send three original works on paper (drawings or prints of all kinds), the dimensions of which must not exceed 40 × 60 cm (15-¾ × 23-⅝ in.).
Works must be sent or hand-delivered no later than the 15th of January 2012 to:
École des beaux-arts de Bordeaux
7 rue des Beaux-Arts
33800 Bordeaux cedex
Monday, October 17, 2011
Please send me one to two great images (a jpg of no higher than 500 because I have slow internet service) from a wonderful residency you had the past couple years. The only rule is that you had to have found the residency on Mira's List. And please send me a one sentence statement about the place and your experience. If you do this, I will not only love you but I will post some of these here and there as a way of inspiring others. The photograph can be of anything from that place—the land, the house, the studio, you, you at work, your art, whatever. And make sure you tell us what the name of the residency is and where.
Send the above to: [email protected] and I'll post these little tidbits from time to time. Thanks!
Friday, October 14, 2011
Kirstie Gregory – Research Programme Assistant
Henry Moore Institute, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH.
T: + 44 (0) 113 246 7467
E: [email protected]
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
And if you are already on facebook, you should 'like' my page so you can get updated info on your FB feed: http://www.facebook.com/pages/MIRAS-LIST/72394590508.
Okay....off to try to figure out how to make some money past December because things are looking a bit grim these days. Having a so-called 'bestselling' book doesn't necessarily mean you actually make any money, at least not at the moment it doesn't.
Wish me luck—and check out my twitter feed and FB page. A lot of people have found some great things there that they didn't find on my blog. These are hard times and you can't leave a stone unturned or a tweet untweeted. :-)
(ARTISTS) SIXTH ANNUAL WOODA ARTS AWARD
The Sixth Annual Wooda Arts Award is open to solo or collaborative artists working in any medium who have a strong commitment to experimentation.
The Award is for a residency of six weeks in an architect-designed studio space with cottage accommodation on an organic farm two miles from the coast of North Cornwall, together with a bursary of £1,800 and a small allowance for UK travel and materials.
Residency dates: 4th February - 18th March 2012 (possible to start one week earlier or later)
Application deadline: 14th October 2011!
Shortlisted applicants to be interviewed at Wooda Farm on 27th/28th October 2011
TO APPLY: Download the application form from the homepage:
Monday, October 10, 2011
Here are some more for you, including a couple urgent deadlines in October...
(ARTISTS & MEDIA ARTISTS) ArtsLink Residencies in the US for Visual and Media Artists and Art Managers - Deadline October 15, 2011!
ArtsLink Residencies offers structured residencies for artists and arts managers from 32 eligible countries. The five-week residencies in visual and media arts and arts management will take place in Fall 2012. ArtsLink places Fellows at established US non-profit arts organizations and covers associated living, working, travel, and health insurance costs. Applicants do not need to have contacts with organizations in the US to apply for this program, but working knowledge of English is required. Since 1993, 453 Fellows have participated in Residencies at 223 arts organizations throughout the US.
The deadline for applications is October 15, 2011. Visit http://www.cecartslink.org/
Applicants must be citizens of, and currently residing in, one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
(WRITERS & SCHOLARS) The Leon Levy Center for Biography Fellowships at The Graduate Center, CUNY, offers four resident fellowships for the academic year, beginning September 2012. Awards include writing space, full access to research facilities, and a liberal stipend. In the coming fellowship round, preference will be given to emerging biographers.
The following two announcements, courtesy of Hope Clark at FundsforWriters.com:
(ALL) Vingt Paris Residencies—The project will host a number of residencies per year, each
of a one-month duration, and each taking place in a different apartment in one of the 20 arrondissements of Paris. A residency period is concluded with an event/presentation by the artist, as well as a small publication. Furthermore the artist will be featured in VINGT Paris Magazine. The residency is open to artists working in all mediums, be it drawing, installation,
photography, video, sculpture, painting, performance, writing or other. The next forthcoming residency period is November 20, 2011 - December 20, 2011. Deadline October 19, 2011.
(SONGWRITERS/MUSICIANS) Island Hill House Artist Residency—The goal of the Hill House Residency is to support talented emerging songwriters, writers at all stages of their career and non-studio artists (see a more complete definition below) with a two, three or four week stay in a semi-secluded log cabin near East Jordan, Michigan. The residency lasts a
minimum of two weeks and a maximum of four weeks. $20 application fee. Deadline November 1, 2011. http://www.artmeetsearth.org/
(ARTISTS, DESIGNERS, ARCHITECTS & SCIENTISTS) Satellietgroep - Artist in residences in the Netherlands—Deadline: December 01, 2011—
BADGAST is a research based artist in residency at the coast of The Hague/Scheveningen where Satellietgroep invites artists and scientists to develop and present research that articulates a cultural, innovative and sustainable significance of the sea and its coasts. Artists, designers, (landscape) architects and scientists can apply for a residency period of max 6 weeks in 2012 by sending a resume, earlier works, motivation, proposal for the work period and a preferred period.For more info:http://www.satellietgroep.nl Contact[email protected] Jacqueline Heerema 0031612061651
Deadline: November 30, 2011
(ALL) CDA-Projects Grant for Research in Turkey. CDA is offering a 10,000 Euro grant to support the production of artistic research projects in Turkey.Eligibility
Authors (includes artists, curators, writers, thinkers etc…) of any nationality, regardless of age, can propose projects to be carried out individually or collectively. Applicants can submit an artistic research project that is currently in the production stage or one that is scheduled to be completed during the six-month period following the date of selection. For more info, write to: [email protected] or visit the website: http://www.cda-projects.com
Deadline for Applications: November 30, 2011
Announcement of the results: December 31, 2011
Completion of the project: June 30, 2012
Book launch: December 31, 2012
CDA-Projects is a commercial gallery in İstanbul, which represents established and emerging contemporary artists from Turkey and abroad.
(ALL) Call for Applications for Residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy—Deadline: December 1, 2011The Residency Program allows for focused work, uninterrupted by the professional and personal demands of daily life, in a diverse and stimulating community of fellow residents. Residents include an international group of academics, writers, artists, scientists, journalists, non-governmental organization practitioners, and policymakers. In addition to time for dedicated work on individual projects and for reflection during the day, building new connections and collegial interaction with other residents is a defining characteristic of the Bellagio experience. Meals and informal presentations of residents' work afford an opportunity for dynamic discussion and engagement with each other. The combination of quiet time for individual, focused work and connections with such a diverse community is unparalleled.
Academic Writing as well as Arts & Literary Arts residencies typically last four weeks, and spouses/life partners may accompany residents. Practitioner residencies can last between two to four weeks. Joint applications from co-authors are also welcome.
Applications for Academic Writing as well as Arts & Literary Arts residencies are due by December 1, 2011 for a residency period between mid-August and mid-December 2012. Applications from practitioners and for conferences are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, and for more information, please visit: http://www.
(ARTISTS) Le Ville Matte Residency in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy—Deadline: October 20, 2011. Le Ville Matte is a network of artists’ residencies sponsored by the Province of CagliariVillasor and Cooperativa Teatro Fueddu e Gestu in Sardinia, Italy.
– Department for Culture and Sport – in collaboration with
The Program 2011 is entitled “KRISIS: Crisis of art and Art of crisis”. Artists will also be involved in theoretical and practical activities on the history of Performance art through conferences, round tables and film screenings.
By focusing on the evolution of artistic languages and on the artists' need to experiment, the project promotes periods of study and research. Le Ville Matte offers an experience of life and work in small towns, thus giving the opportunity to live in close contact with the community.
The residency will end with a final show and a publication, documenting the works produced during the training and research period. In order to understand and live the territory, three days of excursion are also planned.
Additional information on http://levillematte.it/ (English version available HERE)
To enroll, please send your application to [email protected]
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
More later....for now, I just wanted you to check out this other Kickstarter like micro-finance site for artists called USA Projects, sponsored by unitedstatesartists.org. The only catch is you have to already be recognized as a grant-winning artist in some way, which leaves out a bunch of you. You have to have gotten some kind of major award (like a Guggenheim, a Pollack-Krasner grant or even a smaller award like a Puffin Foundation award). That said, I think that donations tend to be larger and they also provide matching grant possibilities for each project. Check them out and I'll be back soon with some deadines: http://www.