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Call for Artists | The Birdsell Project

Call for Artists

The Birdsell Project is seeking applications from artists for its Summer Residency Program, June 7 – July 28th, 2018.


About the Birdsell Project:

The Birdsell Project seeks to revitalize underutilized spaces by opening them to artists and the community in South Bend, a rust-belt city in northern Indiana. The Birdsell Project creates community space that reflects upon South Bend’s history, celebrates current artistic endeavors, and experiments with methods of merging art and community.

The Birdsell Project Residency Program invites artists to create work in underutilized buildings around downtown South Bend. Artists participating in the residency will create site-specific installations that respond to the spaces they are working in, allowing artists and the public new ways to contemplate and understand these spaces. The program offers a collaborative environment for participating artists as well as engages them with the community at large.

The 2018 summer residency is seven weeks long and will culminate in a show in a century-old production facility that once housed a dry-cleaners. The building, Vested Interest, is a large industrial space that is home to a number of businesses and creative endeavors. For more information on Vested Interest, feel free to visit their Website. For descriptions and photos of the installation spaces available this summer, please Click here


What you receive:

The residency will provide housing and a material stipend. Artists will be responsible for all food and transportation costs.



Residents will be housed in a home within a 20 minute walk of downtown. We encourage a cooperative living environment and artists are expected to contribute to the maintenance of the house and communal work spaces. Local artists are not required to live in Birdsell Project accommodations.


Studio/Installation Space:

Artists will have access to the installation space and separate work space throughout the residency. Artists are encouraged to use the installation space as their primary studio space, so that the work can truly respond to and be integrated with the building. The residency provides access to some tools.

The residency is open to artists working in all media. We will accept 5-10 artists. Local residents are encouraged to apply and can contact us to discuss housing options.

To view a video about The Birdsell Project’s 2016 Summer Residency, Click here and to watch a video documenting the first show The Birdsell Project put together Click here.

To view work from The Birdsell Project’s 2015 Residency, Click here.

To see a chronological history of Birdsell Project history, please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/thebirdsellproject?ref=br_tf or Website at http://birdsellproject.org/

Please contact us with any questions concerning the residency by email at birdsellproject@gmail.com or by phone at 574-323-0982.



April 20th: Application deadline

April 30th: Artists-in-Residence Announced

June 7th-July 28th: Artists live and work together in downtown South Bend to put together installation

July-September: Installation open to the Public


To Apply:

Please send the following to birdsellproject@gmail.com by April 20, 2018 as well as a $25 Application fee, payable through Paypal at the link below.
– Resume/CV

– 10-20 Images of previous work with title, dimensions, media, and a short description when needed

– Contact information for 2 references

– Completed Short Answers (one paragraph for each question)

What attracts you to The Birdsell Project residency program?

What would you like to gain from this experience?

What will you add to the communal living space and collaborative work environment?

Describe your artistic interests (influences, general artist statement, direction).

Submit a short proposal describing your ideas for the space and what areas you are most interested in working in. (Please refer to the photos for a better understanding of the installation space. Click here for photos of the available installation space).
– Application Fee payable here: