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$550.00 Innovate Grants — Call for Artists + Photographers



Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists.

Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We've simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.

How to Apply:
Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit.

Innovate Grant Winners 

Lynnea Holland Weiss
Winter Grant Recipient – Art

Dylan Hausthor
Winter Grant Recipient – Photography

Christine Atkinson
Fall Grant Recipient – Art

Brendon Kahn
Fall Grant Recipient – Photography

Joe Hedges
Summer Grant Recipient – Art

Leafy Yeh
Summer Grant Recipient – Photography

Margaret Jacobs
Spring Grant Recipient – Art

Ceaphas Stubbs
Spring Grant Recipient – Photography

Taylor O. Thomas
Winter Grant Recipient – Art

Shane Lavalette
Winter Grant Recipient – Photography

Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
Deadline: May 7, 2020
Region: US & International
Awards: $550.00 Grants



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PLACE, PEOPLE AND TIME: situation becomes subject




Residency dates:Sun 23 – Sat 29 August 2020.
Apply by: midnight Wednesday 15 April 2020.

This group residency has been devised by The Museum of Loss and Renewal in partnership with artconnexion, Lille. The Museum of Loss and Renewal’s curators are Agents of Change / Agents de Changement with artconnexion in 2020-2021, working with the organisation to stimulate its evolution through key concerns such as a renewed dialogue between artists, citizens and society. The Group Residency is a means to collectively investigate and reflect on a site and to present its conditions and possible futures, resulting in public exposition. 

The residency is offered for creative practitioners working in all creative disciplines and for those who have a strong interest in the investigation of site. Applications from other fields where site is used to develop, document, explore, explain, interrogate, plan and propose such as architecture, archaeology, engineering, geography, geology, geotechnology, history, landscape design and writing are welcomed. 


- Creative practices
- Interdisciplinarity
- Technologies
- Co-learning
- Individual practice
- Collective platform for encounters
- Experimentation
- Site in flux
- Future 
- Humanity and nature
- Exhibition and seminar outcomes
- Outcomes presented internationally


The group residency will provide a partially-structured and hands-on programme to enable residents to develop their skills and understanding of how to investigate site as part of a creative practice and for public presentation. The residency experience is designed to stimulate new ways of thinking and experimentation through production, research, co-learning and presentation. Residents will work collectively and individually. The residency is devised around the idea of ‘people, place and time’ and the programme will be situated in and around the municipal community of Filignano, Italy. Structured around a set of innovative co-learning modes, participants will investigate the location that comprises of a cluster of contemporary villages, residing amidst Samnite and Roman settlements, all accessible by foot. 

In addition to each resident’s individual work, there will be a final outcome in the form of an exhibition at artconnexion, Lille curated by The Museum of Loss and Renewal, with a related thematic seminar at the University of Lille, France in 2021.

The aim of this residency is to investigate the site collectively, focussing on issues including history, humanity and nature, land-use, labour, economy, the socio-political and climate crisis in order to imagine its future role. A central concern is how creative practices can present new ways of imaging and shaping our future worlds in the face of multiple crises, whether ecological or existential. Of immense historical importance since pre-Samnite times, the area and its people has been defined by two world wars and waves of migration caused by economic poverty. The landscape presents the evidence of this activity, as contemporary citizens attempt to reinvigorate their community while experiencing the effects of an aging population, the introduction of new community members due to international refugee and migrant crises, increasing depopulation in the region resulting from lack of employment and the subsequent re-wilding of the terraced landscape, and climate crisis.

Alongside individual practice, the residency will have a focus on co-learning and knowledge exchange, creating opportunities to learn from each other. An emphasis will be placed on ‘banking’ knowledge, with participants contributing to an emergent, guided situation based on a number of operating principles. A series of group sessions supported by specific co-learning models will enable you, without hierarchies, to explore your own practice and the residency’s focus: ‘Counter-mapping’ (guided on-foot exploration of territory), ‘Slow Siting’ (24 hour clock replaced by a new method of sharing and understanding site), ‘Micro-Macro’ (close-looking at resources to interpret nature and man’s impact) and ‘Storytelling’ (custodian of local museum, architectural historian) will focus on attention to detail and the residency location’s place in and relation to the wider world. Value will be given to the individual knowledge and experience of each resident in sessions that gather and ‘think-with’ modes of working in contemporary practices. By producing collectively the residency will investigate why it is necessary to identify, activate and actualise diverse publics for contemporary art locally, regionally and internationally. The Residency Programme will be facilitated by Amanda Crabtree (cultural producer and researcher, director of artconnexion) and Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen (artists, educators and curators of The Museum of Loss and Renewal; residents of Collemacchia). 

By presenting and discussing key subjects such as experimentation (focused and embracing possibilities of failure), analogue-digital relationships, methods and approaches for investigating site, and modes of public presentation, we aim to facilitate an ongoing creative dialogue between making and being while immersed in the stunning environment of Collemacchia’s mountain landscape itself.

Opportunities for participants to share work in progress will happen throughout the residency, enabling conversations and peer support. Surrounding this loose structure, there will be time to develop your own work and to experience the local environment.


The residency is located in Collemacchia, a small village within Italy’s National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, a protected area of exceptional significance and beauty. Engagement with the natural world begins on the doorstep and the mountainous landscape offers an excellent environment for reflective practice. The ancient, undisturbed and extensive terrain holds a rich and complex history visible in the area’s architecture, customs, agricultural lands and forests. The area is sparsely populated by villages that are largely trilingual Italian-French-English due to the large community of emigrants who continually move between European nations, stemming from economic migration dating from approx. 1850. The village has been home to Tracy Mackenna’s family for centuries and the curators of The Museum of Loss and Renewal foster strong links with the local community which is highly supportive of the Residency Programme.


Residents are accommodated in two recently renovated, comfortable houses situated a couple of minutes walk from each other. Houses have fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms, sitting rooms etc. A variety of bedrooms are available. Central heating. Internet throughout. Cleaning is included in cost. Group Residencies are fully catered by our wonderful cook, with an emphasis on local produce.

Studio space is located in two buildings, situated a couple of minutes walk from each other; recently renovated, and include indoor and outdoor making spaces, and desk space. Internet throughout.


The residency will be lead by Amanda Crabtree and Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen.

Amanda Crabtree co-founded artconnexion in 1994, an international organisation based in Lille, France which has produced an extremely diverse and highly influential series of contemporary art and educational projects. With its credo ‘only connect’, the organisation has a unique interest in creating connections between artists and their audiences. artconnexion produces citizen-lead commissions based on a protocol designed to enable those confronted by questions that society raises, or local development issues to take the initiative of associating with an artist via the commissioning of an artwork. The organisation has implemented over thirty major commissions in various domains such as heritage, social, medical, education and environment. Amanda also directs the Master's programme 'Art & Society' (University of Lille) which focuses on the production of contemporary art works within the museum context or as part of the public realm.

Tracy Mackenna (Prof Emerita; SCO-IT) & Edwin Janssen (Dr; NL) are the founders and co-curators of The Museum of Loss and Renewal. Their collaborative art practice is a creative and discursive site where production, presentation, exchange, co-learning and research meet. The Museum of Loss and Renewal’s key areas of focus are social relationships, the way places are inhabited and how personal objects reflect who we are. Tracy & Edwin work with international partners to devise and present multifaceted exhibition projects that address issues of societal concern such as well-being, aging, end of life and sustainability. Tracy and Edwin are highly experienced, award winning educators who have devised and lead multiple group learning projects situated within the international museum and gallery sector, and higher education.


The Residency Programme is operated on a non- commercial cost covering basis, and is financially supported by The Museum of Loss and Renewal in order to keep fees low. The residency fee is €930 (Euro), to be paid by the artist. This fee includes accommodation in a variety of spacious rooms with full board (3 meals each day). Ingredients are mainly locally sourced and meals are prepared by our excellent cook, Alessandra. Special diets can be catered for.

A deposit of €310 (Euro) will be required within three weeks of accepting a place on the residency. The remaining balance of €620 (Euro) is payable six weeks in advance of the residency start date.

You will be responsible for funding and organising your own travel, your own insurances and any visa requirements particular to your country of origin. Detailed travel information will be supplied (closest airports Naples, Rome), and collection/drop-off at a local train station will be arranged.

We do not have external funding for this project, so regret that we are unable to offer assistance with fees, flights, production costs or other subsistence. Typically, successful applicants source funding by applying to their national arts funding bodies, personal fundraising, or through academic institutional support. Formal letters of invitation can be provided to assist in this process.

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Residency 18: Perfection / Speculation proposes a multi-disciplinary investigation of the meanings and ethics of genetic technologies.

This residency is informed by Adam Peacock’s Genetics Gym project, developed while he was Designer-in-Residence at London College of Fashion’s Fashion Space Gallery. Applications are invited from investigators whose focus is on the modifiable human body as a medium of expression, experimentation, research and social interaction. Artists, designers, scientists, writers, psychologists, programmers, film- and video-makers, anthropologists and others based in Oslo, across Norway or internationally, are all welcome to apply. We are looking for talented individuals with distinctive approaches to the residency topic, whatever their specialism. It is intended that the final selection will reflect the scientific as well as the social and cultural dimensions of the area in focus.

Perfection / Speculation will connect with body cultures of the past, present and future. It is supported by a dynamic relationship between its two residency partners: the Vigeland Museum and queer live events co-ordinators Karmaklubb*. The project will revisit the work of Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) to investigate past and future constructions of gender, race, sexuality, age, body politics, and the notion of the ideal human. Building on Karmaklubb*’s agendas, it aims to probe the social and digital cultures arising from discussions and practices around genetics and the body, and to establish a hub within global conversations about future impacts of design technologies on our bodies.

Perfection / Speculation will feature events developed with the residency partners, a multi-faceted approach to research and project development, and the possibility of a concluding public event showcasing diverse residency outcomes. Events will include a very nice post-talk party arranged by Karmaklubb*.

The Genetics Gym project explores the consumer psychology that informs technology-driven contemporary human interactions. In development over seven years, the project presents a hypothetical scenario in which a commercial pharmaceutical company allows consumers to ‘design’ themselves in any way imaginable using genetic technology. Genetics Gym explores the psychological preconditions that drive the desire for bodily modification and transformation. It is part of a wider series of experiments that Peacock has titled ‘The Validation Junky’ – examinations of technology-driven socio-cultural issues, including testing the possibility of programming artificial intelligence to ‘read’ the subjective, qualitative and highly context-specific attributes that make up our “ideal” self-presentations. Genetics Gym is a collaboration between Peacock’s studio, UCL’s Human Genetics and Embryology department and London College of Fashion’s Applied Psychology in Fashion department. Originally exhibited at the Fashion Space Gallery in 2017, Genetics Gym was also shown in Science Gallery Melbourne for PERFECTION (2018) and Science Gallery Dublin for PERFECTION (2019). It also forms a chapter in ‘Crafting Anatomies: The body as site in fashion and textiles research practice’, scheduled for publication by Bloomsbury Academic Publishers in February 2020.

Post-disciplinary artist-designer Adam Peacock is an Associate Lecturer in Design Strategy and Future Related Design at London College of Fashion, and a contributor to LCF’s Fashion Futures MA. He co-runs an experimental fashion-architecture studio for the Master of Architecture degree at the University of Melbourne (2019-). He is the founder of the experimental framework The Validation Junky, whose most recent project, Genetics Gym, was featured in the BBC Radio 1 Stories documentary DNA+: Beauty, and was presented as the opening keynote speech at the 2018 Product Innovation Apparel conference in Milan. Adam has designed for Heatherwick Studio, WilkinsonEyre and Amanda Levete Architects and contributed to strategic-design projects with Stella McCartney, Lyst, Audi and FIAT. He was Artist in Residence at the Visible Futures Lab, School of the Visual Arts, NYC in 2015-16 and 2016 Designer in Residence at the Fashion Space Gallery at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. In 2018, he received the Robert Garland Treseder Fellowship at the the University of Melbourne.

Danai Papadimitriou is a curator based in London and working in the fields of art, architecture and design. Her curatorial practice examines the way these fields interact and shape human behaviours and communities within an urban context. Most recently Danai has been studying yoga practice and philosophy aiming to explore new ways of interaction between people and communities, as well as the role of spirituality in contemporary western society. 

The Vigeland Museum is devoted to Norway's most famous sculptor, Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943). It combines the curating of Vigeland’s heritage with the presentation of contemporary sculpture, installation and video art.

*Karmaklubb* is a nomadic queer club concept and conversational platform, dedicated to ‘thought and pleasure across categories’. Its events bring together diverse individuals and groups, forming hybrid spaces designed to break down boundaries and challenge categorical thinking.


The residency understands that this topic can be approached both as a hard science or as an expressive narrative; and so is looking for talented individuals with a distinctive approach to the topic. The output might be; experimental sounds, manipulated imagery, diagrammatic output, scientific research, cultural research/papers, creative writing, digital human body design, CGI, or a format still to be defined.

Applications are welcomed from artists, as well as practitioners or theorists in other areas whose interests and experience are relevant to the residency’s theme. Selected residents will be part of a temporary community of between five and eight local and international participants. The residency will involve group activities, discussion and creative exchange around the residency theme, as well as time for independent working. Selection is based on applicants’ ability both to gain from, and contribute to, the activities of the month-long residency.

PRAKSIS aims to provide an environment for development and professional growth: applications are welcome from practitioners of differing ages and experience levels.

PRAKSIS residencies are intensive and structured around the interests and needs of their participants. The particular form that each residency takes is developed collectively through discussion once the group comes together. At the start of the residency, group members are encouraged to share their reasons for applying and what they hope to get out of their time with PRAKSIS.

Early in the residency each participant is expected to give a brief introduction to their practice. Self-led activity will be supplemented by collective activity including, but not limited to visits, meals, discussions and a series of public events that aim to further group research and practice while opening dialogues to wider publics.

This residency is free of charge and offers comfortable accommodation for non-Oslo based residents in central Oslo. Local residents will continue to live at their usual address. The residency community will regularly come together at the residency studio space, and at organised events and meals.

International participants receive a stipend of 3000 NOK (approximately 300 euros) towards additional costs.

Weekly meals encourage for discussion, debate and friendship. On weekdays PRAKSIS will provide lunch at the working space. Dinners for all residents with invited guests will be held weekly.

Oslo has a vibrant and adventurous arts landscape. PRAKSIS will provide residents with information and links to the city’s cultural scene, informing them about exhibitions, talks, performances and other events. PRAKSIS seeks wherever possible to connect participants with relevant organisations and individuals in Oslo. PRAKSIS residencies aims to introduce the residency community to Oslo creatives in various spheres including among others: curators, writers, and artists.

Activities and events will be mainly held at PRAKSIS’s space in central Oslo. At the start of the residency, participants are invited to make a presentation, informally introducing themselves and their practice to the rest of the group. Other activities include residency related visits, a tour of Oslo's galleries, networking events, discussions and group critiques – some open to the public. A screening/seminar event will address issues surrounding the residency theme.

Residents are responsible for their own travel and any further costs.

Two places are available for international residents. Places may be offered subject to securing support. Approximately four spaces are available to local residents.

Our team is happy to support applications for external grants wherever possible. 

Residents are welcomed to suggest or lead an action, activity or workshop that will clarify and support their own background, interests or methodologies. Participants are also encouraged to contribute towards a shared resource list in advance of the residency, potentially including readings, podcasts, films or other materials for consideration during the residency.


  • English is the common language at PRAKSIS and residents must be sufficiently fluent to participate in group discussion and activity.
  • Residents are expected to involve themselves fully in the work of the residency: joining meals, participating in events and engaging with the resident community.
  • Accepting a residency involves a commitment to participation for the full residency term.

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