The Studio Residency program is offered in collaboration with Newark’s Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art. Residents will be awarded studios, each approximately 600 sq ft, for 6 months, with 24 hr access, access to visiting curators and other gallery directors, a solo exhibition in our project space, and inclusion in an end-of-program catalog highlighting their work over the length of the residency. The current Gallery Aferro building can accommodate 6-10 artists at a time. Artists will be selected on the basis of quality of work, commitment to their field, demonstrated need, and the ability to interact positively with the community at large. The program will aim for a mix of Newark and non-Newark residents. Aljira Emerge participants and alumni are encouraged to apply.
Alumni Gallery Aferro Studio residents have commented that the chance for informal networking with local, national and international peers afforded by residency was one of the best aspects of their experience, with self-organized activities such as collaborative projects, and critique sessions. Also mentioned by residents consistently as a unique and valuable aspect of the program was temporary ownership of a platform to interact with the public. For installation based, or site specific work, the historical context of the building and the city at large, as well as the current context of an artist-run space, may be useful to the creation of new work.