Inside the museum

Inside the museum

Trans Artists monthly A-I-R mail

no.18 / museum residencies

The Lower East Side Tenement museum

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum hosts a Digital Artists in Residence Program (DARP). The Museum awards one residency to an artist or team of artists. During the residency, the artist(s) will complete an original, web-based project that explores an aspect of the contemporary immigrant experience in New York City.

Artists may use the Museum?s library, as well as its collections of historic artifacts and images. However, access to these materials will only be granted as is deemed necessary and artists should carefully detail proposed uses of the collections in their proposals.

Like the Smell of Fresh Concrete?

Like the smell of fresh concrete? Then you'll be excited by the artist in residence programme of the Virtual Museum at the Southern Axis of Amsterdam, in Dutch called 'Zuidas'. This new booming commercial center between the City and Schiphol International Airport is now being constructed. Scaffolded skyscrapers appear next to abandoned parking lots. There's no social structure yet, no points of orientation, no coherence. But lots of expectations. Quite a challenge for artists, staying and working here, in this uncanny cityscape.

In the past months, six artists have lived and worked here in order to respond to developments in the area:

  • installation artist AndrĂ© van Bergen
  • Bureau LOLA Landscape Architects
  • performance artist Anat Stainberg
  • draughtsman-designer Ingo Giezendammer
  • filmmakers Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani
  • sound artist Geert-Jan Hobijn

Now the results of their residencies are published (English & Dutch language) in a bright volume 'Free Spaces 2007 Artists in Residence'. You can order the book here: Artist in Residence at Free Spaces, Virtueel Museum Zuidas

Mobile Museum

The Mobile Museum creates a mobile space for dialogue about the collections housed in Pittsburgh's museums, collecting and connecting viewers feedback and insights at each location it visits. As an object intended to generate wonder and conversation, the MM carries an individual artist's effort to understand a collection or idea.

Artists can send in their project proposal.

The Mobile Museum

How to respect the Will of Isabella Stewart Gardner?

In her will Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924) had stipulated that nothing could be moved or significantly altered in the permanent collection of her museum. But what if you're invited now as an artist-in-residence at the Gardner Museum, with the intention to build on this legacy? Artist Elain Reichek found a clever and respectful way of avoiding by creating a virtual exhibition, launching:

Unlike any previous show at the Gardner museum, madamimadam is a virtual exhibition. Working when the galleries were closed to the public, Elaine Reichek briefly installed her samplers among the works in the Gardner's permanent collection. This temporary installation that can only be seen through Reichek's digital project. In this virtual exhibition the artist subtly and respectfully overcomes restrictions in Mrs. Gardner's will.

More about the inventive artist-in-residence program of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by the museum's programs manager Tiffany Shea York: Building on a Legacy


The Irish Museum of Modern Art is Ireland's leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art.

The Museum's Artists' Residency Programme is a studio / residency programme which operates in converted coach houses adjacent to the main Museum building. The programme is intended to provide opportunities for artists to research and develop their work practice, and is open to artists of all nationalities working in any medium.


They are housed in a large warehouse-like building with few white walls, a small, 130-seat theater, and a flexible exhibition floor. The museum floor features hundreds of interactive exhibits that explore seeing, sound and hearing, the physical world, mind and learning, and the life sciences.

They are looking for artists to create artworks, installations, films, and performances that can augment large-scale thematically-based exhibitions. These projects can be residencies or workshops. These opportunities come with stipends.

V&A Museum

Research is a core activity of the Victoria & Albert Museum and is carried out in all its departments. Through their Artist in Residence program they give artists the opportunity to respond to the collections and intellectual environment of the Museum and to produce a body of work that reflects this research in a context.

V&A museum: collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity with 3000 years' worth of artefacts from many of the world's richest cultures including ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery, metalwork, photographs, sculpture, textiles and paintings.

V&A Museum