The Soap Factory will be providing artists with a material stipend, studio, and accommodations. Artists are responsible for any additional costs. The Soap Factory provides a promotional platform, documentation, interviews, and artist talks. They do not provide insurance coverage for work created during or following your residency. All work is shown at the artist or curator’s own risk.
Different open calls - please check their website.
The Soap Factory is a laboratory for artistic experimentation and innovation, dedicated to supporting artists and engaging audiences through the production and presentation of contemporary art.
The Soap Factory Artists-in-Residence Program supports emerging and mid-career artists and curators working across all disciplines and is open to local, regional, national, and internationally-based artists. They offer one to twelve-month residencies, creating a shared space for artistic dialogue and international cultural exchange for an extended period of time.
In addition to a private studio, stipends, and housing coordination, residents receive substantial career development support including opportunities to exhibit in the main and lower level galleries, photographic and video documentation, guest studio visits, artist-talks and public openings. Residency artists also benefit from the AIR community; including ongoing dialogue with fellow residency artists, informal gatherings, inter-studio visits and activities, as well as monthly field trips and meals together. The program and facilities are designed to create a community, foster the expansion and exchange of artistic and cultural practices, and provide artists with exposure to the Twin Cities and its arts ecosystem.
Artists-in-residence and Curators-in-residence are expected to culminate their residency by presenting their work to the public in the form of either an exhibition in the gallery spaces, with a performance, artist talk, or even a publication depending on their practice and the program they are chosen for.
Residents are expected to use the time and space awarded to them and be an engaged member of the Soap Factory and broader Twin Cities community. Artists/curators should expect to participate in some community meals and a few studio visits.
They provide out-of-town artists with homestays either in the home of a neighbor or in a partnering hotel.
There are six large private studios that all connect to a large gallery space that is for use exclusively by the artists-in-residence. They also have a newly renovated wood shop for artists to use.
The Soap Factory is located right along the Mississippi river and just across the walkable Stone Arch Bridge from downtown Minneapolis. It is easy to get around and explore the Twin Cities by bike, bus, and transit. Minneapolis and St. Paul have a rich artistic community containing a handful of large art museums as well as a varied collection gallery spaces, and DIY spaces. The art community is very well connected and supportive, if there is an organization or program the artists/curators are interested in connecting with while there, Soap Factory Staff will happily help connect them.