Project For Empty Space is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating safe and equitable spaces for audiences and artists alike. PES is committed to cultivating discourse around important social issues through the catalytic lens of contemporary art. Our mission is to promote artists whose work is oriented around social impact; and to initiate conversations that engage issues of marginality, intersectionality, and cultural tolerance. Through our work we strive to create exhibitions and programming in our spaces that dispel the notion that art is meant for one type of audience. Our aim is to encourage the idea that everyone should have equal opportunity to access art. 

Project For Empty Space is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are Tax Exempt to the fullest extent of the law. 

CALL FOR FALL 2020/ SPRING 2021
PES ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
DEADLINE: Friday, May 1, 2020

The PES AIR Program is an annual initiative that invites four visual or multidisciplinary artists to Newark, NJ, to create work around social impact. The mission of the program is multifaceted and is intended to benefit both artists-in-residence and a larger audience or public. First and foremost, the program is put in place to support artists both through introduction of new conceptual material and through engagement with new audiences. Within this aim, the program strives to create a symbiotic relationship between the artist and audience as a conduit for new artistic practice and intervention. The program’s final mission is to expose and encourage social discourses and narratives that are often overlooked or uncomfortable. 


The PES AIR program includes the following:
-  Studio Space, Resources and Support: Each resident is provided with an amenitized studio space for 1 year and resources (material and fabrication  support, access to partner resources, professional development programs including PES’ CCC program, and more).
- Solo Exhibition: At the end of the residency cycle, artists present a solo exhibition of work in the main gallery space. These exhibitions are collaboratively curated between the artist and the Project For Empty Spaces directors throughout the residency. The presentation of work in the main gallery gives artists visibility for an audience beyond that of the typical ‘commercial’ art space. 


Past Artist in Residence include: Nina Chanel Abney, Derrick Adams, David Antonio Cruz, jc lenochan, Richard Hart, jaret vadera, Wardell Milan, Shoshanna Weinberger, and Delano Dunn. Current Artists in Residence for 2018 include: Kambui Olujimi, Amy Khoshbin, and Victoria-Idongesit Udondian. To learn more about the program and past AIRs, please visit our website.

Submission fees will go directly to support the residency programs covering costs such as work space, exhibitions, and resources. Reviewers are happy to provide feedback to artists who request it.

Applicants must be 18 and over and reside in the NJ/NYC area (housing is not provided.)


Deadline for entries: Friday, May 1, 2020. Selected Artists in Residence will be announced by the end of June 2020. The residency will commence autumn 2020.

CALL FOR FEMINISTS IN RESIDENCE
DEADLINE: Friday, April 17, 2020

PES Feminist Incubator Program is a series of short-term residencies, happenings, conversations, performances, and public discourses focusing on the empowerment and freedom of women. The inaugural incubator (January - June, 2017) was a response prompted by mainstream attention to what has become a normalized climate of hyper-misogyny, rape culture, and dehumanization of women, and women of color. The Feminist Incubator is a means of cultivating productive and critical intersectional dialogue and is a response to violence against humanity. PES Feminist Incubator Program is now a permanent fixture in our calendar, which will provide ongoing opportunities to female identified artists. 

FIR’s are awarded a short term residency that provides workspace for four female-identifying artists who are addressing issues of safety, ownership, and agency. This program is open to individuals working across all creative disciplines (writing, visual arts, performance, photography, music, poetry, etc.).  Selected artists will have unlimited access to Project for Empty Space co-working studio space, tools and resources through our partners, and our growing feminist library. The residency will conclude with an exhibition in the PES gallery space.

This year we have expanded our residency to include one spot dedicated to feminist artists working in tech. Through a partnership with The Honk Tweet Studio, the 2020 recipient will be supported through space, advisement, and support in execution, to develop a tech-based project. 

*NOTE: This program was scheduled to start early this summer. As we monitor the situation, we will make decisions on when it will start, but our hope is to commence shortly after we reopen our home! 

Past Exhibiting and FIR Artists include: Zoë Buckman, Hiba Schahbaz, Michele Pred, Angela Fraleigh, Anna Ogier-Bloomer, Marilyn Narota, Sahana Ramakrishnan, Rosary Solimanto, Camille Lee, Chaya Babu, Christen Clifford, Katherine Toukhy, Sophia Wallace, fayemi shakur, Katrina Majkut, Julie Marie Seibert and Aimee Gilmore. To learn more about the program and past FIRs, please visit our website.


Submission fees will go directly to support the residency programs covering costs such as work space, exhibitions, and resources. Reviewers are happy to provide feedback to artists who request it. 

Applicants must be 18 and over and reside in the NJ/NYC area (housing is not provided).

Deadline for entries: Friday, April 17, 2020.  Selected Feminists in Residence will be announced May 29, 2020. The residency will commence June 15, 2020.

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