6 Art Residencies To Apply For May 2023

Are you stuck at home staring at the same four walls searching for inspiration? Do you crave a change of scenery and a brand new adventure? Would you like to develop your artistic skills or perhaps learn something new and cool? Look no further! Contemporary Lynx hands you the perfect solution in the form of various art residencies you can apply for all over the globe. To add to the excitement — all of them are for free!


Belgrade Petit Studio Residency is a non-profit international art program designed to bring talented artists, creative practitioners, researchers and writers from around the world to experience a unique cultural environment dedicated to art. Selected artists are invited to live and work in a specially designed studio for a period up to 3 months. By bringing the creators of art in a unique setting the Program aims to situate art at the very heart of historical Belgrade.

Who can apply:

  • All emerging and established artists, curators, creative practitioners, researchers, scholars, thinkers over the age of 18 from a broad range of artistic disciplines, styles, and national origins. 

Application deadline: 6 May 2023


  • Residents are staying free of charge in a private fully furnished small apartment.
  • Each resident is responsible for their own funding, though Belgrade Art Studio can help with this process.

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Open Workshop functions as an artist residency where both new and more experienced talents can live for a time to work on their personal projects, while also having access to skilled consultants within the animation industry. Open Workshop primarily supports undertakings within the realm of animation – including but not limited to animated shorts, tv series, feature-films, gaming, VR, and interactive media. Keep in mind that the project must have a connection to Denmark, either through a crew member or a Danish production company.

As an artist, you also have the option to apply for a portfolio spot at Open Workshop. These spots are reserved for artists who wish to develop their portfolio in order to apply for a Danish education within the fields of animation, computer graphic arts, graphic storytelling and other visual arts.

Who can apply:

  • Open Workshop is financed by The Danish Film Institute to develop primarily Danish animation talent and encourage experimental film-art.
  • International artists wishing to apply must be a junior animation professional from whom younger Danish talents can learn and with whom they may collaborate during their stay at Open Workshop, or in future collaborations and co-productions.

Application deadline: 8 May 2023


  • When applying for a spot at Open Workshop one can also apply for Open Workshop housing. The housing is located in one of the former barracks and is less than 100 metres from The Animation Workshop/VIA University College.
  • A residency at Open Workshop is completely free.
  • Directors or producers of Danish projects, or projects that are anchored in Denmark through a Danish production company, may also apply for financial support of up to 20.000 DKK.

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ARCUS Project’s artist-in-residence program provides opportunities for emerging artists in the field of contemporary art to cultivate their artistic creativity and vision. Located around an hour from Tokyo, a residency at ARCUS Studio allows participants in the program to come into contact with the contemporary art scene in Japan as well as devote themselves to their creative endeavours in a calm environment while interacting with the local community. 

Who can apply:

  • The applicant should be an emerging artist engaged in contemporary visual arts or other related fields.
  • They must possess a nationality other than Japanese, be resident outside Japan and able to enter Japan legally. 
  • They cannot be enrolled at an educational institution during the program period unless it is a PhD program.
  • Applications are accepted from groups. However, all provisions (transportation fee, allowance, accommodation, etc.) are for one individual only (not per person). These may be shared between the members of a group.

Application deadline: 12 May 2023


  • This is a full-funded residency program. A private studio, accommodation, transportation, production fee, living expense, and staff support is provided.
  • The artist is provided with 162,000 JPY for living and other basic expenses and 405,000 JPY for expenses related to any kind of his/her artistic activities. In total, 567,000 JPY is provided for the 90-day program period.

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Hungry EcoCities is looking for up to 10 artists who can combine technology and art to explore digital questions, investigate, and come up with solutions for the future of food through a more healthy, sustainable, responsible, and affordable agri-food system enabled by AI.

Applicants can consider three directions for experimentation: mega scale (EatThis Knowledge Hub Netherlands), local conditions (Studio Other Spaces Knowledge Hub Germany), and city+farming synergies (Carlo Ratti Associati Knowledge Hub).

Who can apply:

  • The programme is aimed at artists aspiring to raise awareness around resource waste through artistic interventions, with the ability to develop new ideas around these topics.
  • Only individual artists can apply during this open call.

Application deadline: 15 May 2023


  • Maximum funding per artist amounts to up to 40 000 euros (including travel, accommodation, equipment).

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AiR 351 is an independent, non-profit organisation, a studio-based program, operating within the visual arts. Its mission is to expand critical mass while furthering artistic projects and exchanges. PLMJ Foundation focuses on promotion and divulgation of Portuguese and international culture, particularly the Portuguese-speaking universe.

This grant will be awarded to one artist for a 3 months residency at AiR 351´s headquarters in Cascais during 2023, from September to December (exact dates to be agreed between the prospective resident and AiR 351).

Who can apply:

  • Artists from the CPLP (Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries) at any stage of practice are invited to apply, independently of where they are based.

Application deadline: 20 May 2023


  • A stipend of 1000 euros/month (total 3000 euros) to cover accommodation and other living expenses. Besides that, PLMJ will also cover the fees for the artist to be a member of AiR 351 during that period.
  • In case of an artist coming from abroad this grant also includes airfare (economy class) up to 1000 euros and health insurance, if necessary.
  • AiR 351 will do its best to help the recipient find suitable and affordable accommodation.
  • As an outcome of the residency one work to be agreed between the artist and PLMJ Foundation will be integrated in the PLMJ Foundation Collection.

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The Residency Program at the Mauser EcoHouse is all about providing a beautiful, tranquil and inspirational space where artists can immerse themselves in their individual projects. Artists are encouraged to be self-directed and pursue their own creative ideas.

The program focuses on furnishing artists with luxury accommodations, ample work space and serene surroundings so that individual or group projects can be worked on and creativity can flourish.

Who can apply:

  • Mixed media and installation artists, writers, photographers, jewellery designers, musicians, dancers, editors, painters, and sculptors are all welcome. 
  • Artists with a concentration in other fields are also encouraged to apply, as acceptance into the program will be judged on an individual basis. 

Application deadline: 31 May 2023


  • A 1 month stay at Mauser EcoHouse Artist Residency in Costa Rica in October 2023 in shared room accommodations is free of charge.
  • Continental breakfast and gourmet, vegetarian dinner Monday through Friday is provided.
  • Artists have access to 1.5 acres of charming, green, outdoor studio space.
  • Pick up and drop off at SJO airport can be arranged for the residents.

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Follow also the Facebook group Open Calls and Opportunities admininstrated by Lynx team.

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Aleksandra Janicka is a Journalism and Social Communication graduate (BA), currently getting a grasp on what she envisions for her future self career-wise. Passionate about creative writing, techno club scene, Buddhist philosophy, and backpacking.

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