ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
BALDWIN’S ROOM is an artist initiative that pulls artists out of America and into South Africa where they are free to work on their art in safe spaces. Our aim is to support these artists’ artistic expressions and their self-care.
From January 18, 2017 to March 1, 2017, BALDWIN’S ROOM organized it’s inaugural short residency in Johannesburg, South Africa, inviting 6 artists to develop work in the home of Darnell Lamont Walker and local spaces available to them. Each participant was able to utilize the space for 1 week. While there was no theme, we asked the artists to use South Africa as a point of departure.
Though the initial run was 6 weeks, this program will continue throughout the year once we see how the inaugural run goes.
With this residency, BALDWIN’S ROOM wants to encourage valuable exchanges among the artists and build lasting artistic camaraderie. It is likely that two artists will share the open space during their week.
We are excited to see what each artist will produce during their residency, but more excited to see how working in safe spaces outside of America can benefit in the artistic process. By means of this, the location can be seen as a restriction or a possibility.
ABOUT THE SPACE:
Located in the artsy Maboneng Precinct of Johannesburg, the 4th floor fully furnished, open loft space is 86sq meters with a full kitchen, full bathroom, two balconies, and a hammock. The space is welcoming, warm, and I hope it lends a hand in the creation of amazing work.
DISCIPLINES & MEDIA:
DURATION OF THE RESIDENCY:
1 Week. Sunday to Sunday.
NUMBER OF ARTIST RESIDENTS AT ONE TIME:
1 or 2.
We are completely independent from public funds, so we rely on residents’ contributions of $100 for the entire week to support the place.
OTHER EXPENSES PAID BY THE ARTIST:
EXPECTATIONS OF THE ARTIST:
To leave behind one creation, old or new, to be used in the space.
Send the following to BaldwinsRoomSA@Gmail.Com:
1. Brief bio, no more than 350 words, about who you are as an artist and a human and why you want to be a resident in this program. Also, include answers for the following questions: What was the last book you read?; Why shouldn’t you be chosen for this program?
2. Submit up to 5 samples of your work.
3. Name, Email Address, Phone #
4. Month You’d Like To Participate.