Flux Factory Artist-in Residency Program
Since 1994, Flux Factory has offered an informal, artist-run, and collective residency program comprised of a changing community of creative collaborators, including (but not limited to) artists, community organizers, urban agriculturalists, educators, curators, builders, game designers and musicians. As a community, they value communication, co-creation, accountability, experimentation, and safe space.
They offer short & long-term residencies, work facilities, as well as direct exhibition and programmatic opportunities. There are typically 15 cultural creators in residence at Flux Factory at any given time. Since introducing the formal residency program in 2009, more than two hundred cultural producers from all over the United States, South Africa, Myanmar, Turkey, Italy, Germany, China, France, Mexico, Denmark, Russia and Peru have completed residencies. Flux’s history as a DIY family is deep in their DNA. Residents collaborate and learn from one another to realize new works, propose and produce our public programming, and have equal input in the overall direction of the organization.
Fluxers spearhead Flux Factory’s programming, including Flux Factory exhibitions and public programs. Residents who are here for 6 months or longer have 10 days in our gallery, and residents who are here from 3-6 months have 4 days. Each year we hold an Artists-In-Residence exhibition. The open call for Fluxers is posted twice a year. Residency duration varies between three, six, nine, and twelve months, depending on availability.
As a part of a community-run center for artists, Flux Factory residents are asked to take part in the creation and maintenance of its facilities and programming. On Monday nights, all Flux Factory residents and administrators attend a weekly meeting (which also includes a gigantic dinner!) so that they may foster a sense of community and discuss the evolving needs of the program. Residents are asked to put in volunteer hours toward space renovation and a weekly chore. They are frequently renovating the building–a process that would be impossible without the dedicated network of volunteers. A constantly changing physical and social environment, Flux is always a work-in-progress, and there are many opportunities to leave one’s mark.
The Flux Factory residency is tailored to American and international cultural producers of all stripes, social activists, academics, and anyone who’s creative, adventurous, and willing to come to New York City to create new bodies of work that are informed by their experience here. They are especially keen to have artists who have a socially collaborative art practice, and have experience working collectively.
The residency program offers opportunities to contribute to Flux Factory exhibitions and public programs. Flux Factory also encourages residents to submit proposals for solo and group exhibitions in its newly renovated gallery.
Flux Factory residents are free to use all facilities and resources, as well as access to other city programs such as Materials for the Arts (two blocks away!). The building is equipped with a wood shop, silk screen studio, craft room, co-working office, expansive gallery space, and audio visual equipment.