About the program

The NY Residency Program for international artists has three iterations—Fall, Winter, and Spring—and is the central focus of all our in-house activities. Four artists’ studios enable practitioners to pursue their individual artistic goals while also being closely integrated into the organization’s wider community programming during their three-month New York City visit.

Amant takes pride in hosting artists across a wide array of disciplines from the visual arts, literature, performance art, filmmaking and cultural theory with the singular belief that exchanging ideas and experiences about art production will enhance everyone’s work. The residents are actively encouraged to participate in workshops, presentations, and discussions in pursuit of that aim.

Questions about the residency can be addressed to: residencies@amant.org

Currently Amant is not accepting applications.

Amant is also committed to providing our residents with the full experience of living and working in New York by facilitating their connections to institutions, archives, and scholars in the city’s world-renowned professional art scene. We hope that such advice and help may aid and abet their artistic practices. But above all else, Amant is steadfastly committed to providing residents with the time and support to explore and experiment within their practices.

Artists are either invited to participate in the residency or are selected through an open call based on a research proposal. Once a year, Amant releases such a request for applications with a specified deadline for submission. That time frame is the only period during which applications will be accepted.

Amant NY Residency Program is conceived as a research and artistic platform, experimenting with non-linear models of generating knowledge whose intent is to encourage myriad connections between artists, researchers, cultural institutions, and the general public.

Amant provides a stimulating and flexible environment for international practitioners to research and experiment in NY for a period of three months. Located in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the residency program also encourages its residents to fully access to the city’s numerous cultural institutions, archives, universities and its art professionals and practitioners, many of whom are fortuitously based in Brooklyn.

The residency comprises:

Individual studios, a communal area and outdoor space. The studios are situated within the main building, which also includes exhibition galleries, a library/reading room and a performance space to carry out rehearsals and other activities.  

Return economy flights and airport transfers to NY.

A monthly stipend of $3,000.00 to offset the costs of accommodation, transport and day-to-day expenses. Amant studios are not residential.

The opportunity to benefit from the expertise of the artistic team at Amant and external tutors.

Help in facilitating connections to institutions, archives, research centers and scholars in the city.

Studio visits and Seminars

Amant NY Residency organizes a series of individual study visits and group seminars led by Amant’s artistic team and associate tutors. The seminars are focused on topics of common interest to the residents, and some will be open to the public upon prior registration.

Weekly meetings

The in-house Amant team will meet weekly with all the residents to review and discuss each participant’s research proposal. Such meetings also permit us to review possible formats for public programs that will be subsequently hosted at Amant.

Field trips

Amant organizes guided visits to museums, independent spaces, libraries and archives in the city, with a special focus on Brooklyn, our home base.

Public presentations

Our artists-in-residence present their work publicly at discursive events. Each artist will enjoy the opportunity to host one such presentation to take place at Geza, our performance and moving image space, or within the residence communal space via small dinners and celebrations.

The residency welcomes applications from both emerging artists and artists with professional standing in their field and who are currently working on the research stage of a project. Proposals are accepted from creative practitioners and academics from a variety of disciplines within the contemporary arts: visual artists; writers; performers; filmmakers, and theorists.

During their period at Amant, artists are expected and encouraged to develop their work and projects on their own terms. But residents are required to participate in Amant’s on-going programs, seminars and activities, sharing ideas internally and publicly via different formats and methodologies. Amant highly values openness to cross-disciplinary conversations.

Artists currently based in New York are ineligible for Amant Residencies.

Amant does an open call once a year and the residencies have a duration of three months. The program accommodates four residents at a time.

Applicants should submit a specific research proposal outlining their interests and intentions during the residency.

The candidates will be selected by a professional committee which includes Amant’s internal senior team and three external advisors. Our first season’s committee members are Lauren Cornell, Director of the Graduate Program and Chief Curator at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NY; Elvira Diangany-Ose, The Showroom Director, London; and Reem Fadda, Director of Abu-Dhabi Cultural Center, Abu-Dhabi.

Unfortunately, due to the number of applicants, Amant does not provide individual feedback.

Selection Committee 2021-2022

Our first season’s committee members are Lauren Cornell, Director of the Graduate Program and Chief Curator at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NY; Elvira Dyangani Ose, The Showroom Director, London; and Reem Fadda, Director of Abu-Dhabi Cultural Center, Abu-Dhabi.

Elvira Dyangani Ose is Director of The Showroom, London. She is affiliated to the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths and the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada. Previously, she served as Creative Time Senior Curator, Curator of the eighth edition of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary art, and Curator International Art at Tate Modern.
Reem Fadda is a curator and art historian. From 2010 to 2016, Fadda worked at the Guggenheim Museum as Associate Curator, Middle Eastern Art, Abu Dhabi Project. From 2005 to 2007, Fadda was Director of the Palestinian Association for Contemporary Art (PACA), Ramallah and served as Academic Director for the International Academy of Art Palestine, Ramallah.
Lauren Cornell is the Director of the Graduate Program and Chief Curator at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Previously, Cornell was the Curator and Associate Director of Technology Initiatives at the New Museum. She curated the 2015 New Museum Triennial, with artist Ryan Trecartin, and the 2009 New Museum Triennial, with Massimiliano Gioni and Laura Hoptman. From 2005–2012, Cornell served as Executive Director of Rhizome, an organization that commissions, exhibits, and preserves art engaged with technology.