BRIC Announces Applications for the 2023-2024 BRIClab Artist Residency Are Now Open


Elisa Smilovitz / 551.486.3273 / [email protected]
James Michael Nichols, BRIC / 718.683.5980 / [email protected]


BRIC Announces Applications for the 2023-2024 BRIClab Artist Residency Are Now Open

The multi-disciplinary residency program builds a more robust, diverse, and inclusive artistic community in Brooklyn across visual arts, performance, and media through fostering relationships and providing individualized accommodations based on need.

(BROOKLYN, NY —March 22, 2023) BRIC, a leading arts and media institution, is pleased to announce that applications for the 2023-2024 BRIClab Residency are now open for New York City-based artists seeking to deepen their practices in Contemporary Art, Film + TV, Performing Arts, and Video Art. BRIClab is a multi-disciplinary residency program created to offer emerging and mid-career artists essential resources, financial support, mentorship, skills-based learning opportunities, and a chance to share their work with their peers and the public. For the first time, the Contemporary Art track will have a specific theme, “All My Relations,” focusing on artists whose practices embody and recognize interdependence and interconnectedness. Applications for all tracks will be open from March 22 to May 8, 2023. To learn more and apply, please visit the BRIC website.

The residency aims to build a stronger and more diverse artistic community in Brooklyn by fostering relationships, supporting long-term growth, and creating a pipeline of engagement with BRIC. The program supports artists to freely and diligently explore their practices. Each of the four creative tracks offers a unique set of resources tailored to meet the needs of varied artistic practices. All residents receive a stipend of $2,500.

The Video Art residency supports six artists with free media courses, equipment, and 80 hours of access to BRIC’s community media studios and editing suites. Artists will also be paired with a relevant mentor, and receive access to consultations with BRIC curatorial staff and previous residents. Over the course of a year, residents work individually or collaborate on projects, culminating in a public screening of their work. Learn more: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/briclab-video-art

The Film + TV residency accepts three emerging to mid-career documentary filmmakers working on short form, episodic, or feature-length non-fiction films. Residents receive access to courses, production studios, post-production resources, networking events, and professional development opportunities. They will also be given opportunities to collaborate and engage in group critiques with an assigned mentor and cohort of peers. The program will close with a public presentation of projects developed during the residency. Learn more: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/briclab-film-tv

The Contemporary Art residency supports five emerging artists and welcomes applications from artist collectives and collaboratives. For the first time, the Contemporary Art residency has a specific theme, “All My Relations.” The theme is inspired by practices of disabled artists and activists and honors indigenous communities who use the term “All My Relations” to acknowledge our necessary interdependence with one another and the planet. The residency seeks artists who embody this idea in process or product. Examples include work that recognizes history or lineage; work made in kinship, or collaboration; processes that provide access in creative ways for audiences and viewers; or projects that make visible the often hidden networks of support and care that are essential for artistic creation.

Selected artists, who can participate in-person, virtually, or in a hybrid manner, will have access to an expanded program that will involve teaching, learning, and sharing on topics of authorship, including alternatives to mentorship; the relationship of support and care within the context of artistic making; and modes of artistic production that include an expansive definition of collaboration. The program will ask artists to choose their peer advisors and/or artistic advisors and will receive the opportunity to exhibit works in a BRIC House exhibition of the same theme in Fall 2024. During the residency, an Open Studio event will take place to share works in progress with the public. Learn more here: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/briclab/briclab-contemporary-art

The 12-day Performing Arts residency welcomes artists working in music, dance, theater, and multidisciplinary performance who want to make new work that is relevant to diverse Brooklyn audiences. Free and open exploration and intentional commitment to process are at the heart of the program. Artists receive studio space, resources, and support, including opportunities for artistic mentoring and work-in-process performances. Learn more here: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/briclab-performing-arts

As part of BRIC’s commitment to addressing systemic inequities in creative fields and industries and efforts to expand access for disabled artists, audiences, and staff, BRIC has worked closely with current BRIClab artist Ezra Benus on making the application process and information on BRIClab more accessible and transparent. BRIClab prioritizes applications from disabled, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ artists. Applicants will not be asked to verify their disability in any way. BRIC will work with all selected artists to support an accessible and accommodating residency. More information about accessibility at BRIC can be found here: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/accessibility-bric

Applicants must submit their applications by May 8, 2023. BRIClab selection panels reflect BRIC’s values and artists and will include disabled, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ reviewers made up of BRIC staff, alum artists, and active participants in relevant fields. Evaluation will be based on how the goals of the proposed projects align with resources available, relevant work samples, and the creation of diverse and representative cohorts. The new residents will be notified in Summer 2023. In-process public programs for the 2023/2024 cohort will occur from September 2023 through May 2024.

Key Dates:
Application Deadline: May 8, 2022
Announcement of 2023 BRIClab residents: June 2023

Major support for BRIClab is provided by TD Charitable Foundation. Additional support for BRICLab: Performing Arts is provided by The Howard Gilman Foundation and Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

BRIC also benefits from generous private funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Con Edison, The Doris Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Harold and Colene Brown Family Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, M&T Charitable Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, The Scherman Foundation, The Shubert Organization, Tiger Baron Foundation, and numerous individuals.

Public support for BRIC is provided by The Institute of Museum and Library Services, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Assemblymember Robert Carroll, State Senator Roxanne Persaud, and the New York City Council. BRIC’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

BRIC is a leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action. For over forty years, BRIC has shaped Brooklyn’s cultural and media landscape by presenting and incubating artists, creators, students, and media makers. As a creative catalyst for our community, we ignite learning in people of all ages and centralize diverse voices that take risks and drive culture forward. BRIC is building Brooklyn’s creative future. Learn more at bricartsmedia.org.

Commitment to Accessibility
BRIClab is part of a BRIC-wide effort to advance accessibility for disabled artists, audiences, and staff members. We understand disability as a spectrum, inclusive of neurodiversity, chronic illness, mental health disabilities, and invisible disabilities, as well as disabilities that affect mobility, sight, hearing, and other senses. More information about accessibility at BRIC can be found here: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/accessibility-bric

BRIC Statement on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
BRIC is committed to creating environments that honor, respect, and celebrate the humanity of all people. We support our artistic and creative communities in their efforts to affect positive social change in Brooklyn and beyond.

As a leading arts and culture institution anchored in Brooklyn, BRIC fosters an evolving workplace focused on the growth of our staff while developing arts, media, and cultural programs that reflect our core values. We embrace rigorous curiosity and collective wisdom to leverage the expertise of our diverse staff and community members and embody our commitment to diversity, equity, belonging, and social justice. Read the full statement here: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/about-bric

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