Guidelines for Applications

For the October 15, 2017 deadline, ArtsLink will accept Residencies applications from contemporary artists and arts managers working in visual and media arts. Applicants must be citizens of, and currently reside in, an eligible country. If you are living outside the region temporarily, contact ArtsLink staff to determine your eligibility. There are no age limitations. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of English to function independently while in the US.

Undergraduate students, amateurs and research scholars are not eligible. Arts managers must be affiliated with an arts organization in the non-commercial sector. Artists seeking placement in commercial firms are also ineligible. ArtsLink Fellows from prior years are ineligible.

Review Criteria
All ArtsLink applications will be evaluated by an independent interdisciplinary review panel comprised of US arts professionals based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic or professional excellence of the applicant's work
  • 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 interaction with US artists and audiences and potential benefit to the US host community
  • 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

Preference will be given to those applicants for whom this will be a first-time opportunity for in-depth creative work in the US, and to applicants whose artistic practice integrates innovative approaches to interaction with the community.

The selection process is extremely competitive and applicants should anticipate a highly rigorous review of their work. Applicants are advised to submit recent quality work samples. Please follow carefully the instructions for submitting work samples below. Applicants should make sure their work is properly labeled and that all work samples are fully and succinctly described. Applications that are 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.

Application Requirements
1. A completed ArtsLink Residencies online application form.
2. Answers to the following questions:
a. Describe the current issues in your work and explain how a residency in the United States will advance your professional development as an artist or arts manager. (300 words maximum)

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

c. Please list the most important types of activities and arts events you are hoping to take part in, keeping in mind that your residency may take place in any of the 50 states of the US. (300 words maximum)

d. What prior experience or contact have you had with the United States? (300 words maximum)

e. Have you traveled outside your country of residence to pursue research or study? If so, please indicate when and where you have traveled and in what capacity. (300 words maximum)

g. How will you share your ArtsLink experience with your home community? (300 words maximum)

3. A résumé or Curriculum Vitae (500 words maximum) typed in the application.

4. A letter of recommendation (only one-page PDF file) from a colleague or supervisor that explains how a residency in the United States will benefit you professionally and why it is an important endeavor at this time in your career. If written in a language other than English, please include an English translation. This letter can be submitted to mtumenev(at)cecartslink(dot)org separately from your application, but it must arrive within two weeks of the application deadline. No emails will be accepted unless approved by ArtsLink staff. Letters without signatures will also not be accepted.

5. If you are applying as an arts manager submit a one-page PDF file with description of your organization in English. Include information about staff size and resources.

Incomplete applications are subject to rejection.

Applicants are advised to submit recent quality work samples. Please follow carefully the instructions for submitted work samples in the application. Applicants should make sure their work is properly labeled and that all work samples are fully and succinctly described. Applications that do not include required materials will not be considered.


Important Information
You are required to submit work samples, which are 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 ( no more than 5 years old ), preferably of work that is technically or conceptually relevant to your work. 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 link to your video or audio files on YouTube, Soundcloud or Vimeo. ONLY files submitted via Dropbox or WeTransfer must be accompanied by a Work Sample Sheet (download here). Samples submitted without proper descriptions will be subject to rejection.

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.

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 vie 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. 

One copy of an entire or excerpted original manuscript in English translation, not to exceed twenty pages for prose or ten pages for poetry. Any pages submitted over the limit will not be reviewed. One sample publication may also be submitted in electronic format but is not mandatory.
- All pages of the manuscript should be double spaced with standard margins on white paper.
- Label each page clearly with your name and page number in the upper right-hand corner.

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.

ArtsLink Fellows are expected to participate for a six-week period from early October to mid November. All participants – both applicants from overseas and US host organizations – must be able to accommodate this residency schedule. The Residency includes two short sessions in New York City for all ArtsLink Fellows to meet with each other and with ArtsLink staff: one prior to the residency to orient the Fellows to the residency program and one at the conclusion to share residency experiences. These opening and closing sessions offer an important opportunity for ArtsLink Fellows to interact and strengthen contacts with their colleagues.

Placement Process
Applicants who have been selected by the review panel are placed by ArtsLink staff at arts organizations across the US that can provide a residency experience appropriate to each candidate's professional skills and goals. The candidate's professional interests and contacts are carefully evaluated to ensure the best available opportunity for each ArtsLink Fellow. While we take geographical and organizational preferences into consideration, Fellows should be prepared to fulfill their residency in any of the fifty US states. In order to provide each group of Fellows with exposure to the geographic and cultural diversity of the US, a maximum of two Fellows will be placed in residencies in any one US city.

Financial Arrangements
ArtsLink Residencies awards are made to the US host organization to cover the living and working expenses for the five-week residency. Airfare, visa expenses, health insurance, and food and lodging during the opening and closing sessions in New York are also provided by CEC ArtsLink.

Final Reporting
At the conclusion of the residency, each Fellow will be required to submit a report that discusses the work accomplished and its impact on his or her professional development. Digital images of a sampling of activity may also be required, where appropriate.

2018 ArtsLink Residencies applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by the end of March 2018.

To consult with ArtsLink staff, please contact phone: 212-643-1985 ext. 22
or email: al(at)cecartslink(dot)org