This summer, from June 1–July 31, the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries (131, 141, and 151 Hubbell Street) in San Francisco will be activated as studio spaces/laboratories for three recent alumnx ('10-'20) to develop and publicly present projects, performances, readings, workshops, or collections of work. Each resident will be awarded a $500 honorarium, plus additional equipment and production support from the CCA Exhibitions department.*
The prompt for this residency is Methods of Acti(ng)on. Specifically suited for alumnx who are working in forms that explore social, political, environmental, and economic issues, this residency is structured to support individuals or collectives that are investigating some of today's most pressing issues. The residency aims to support practices that require time and space for research, experimentation, and audience engagement. In prior years residents have used their dedicated spaces to create new work, experiment in new mediums, conduct studio visits, and create large-scale installations.
This year, the Alumnx Residency coincides with an exhibition presented by Anthea Black and Jessica Whitbread, publishers of The HIV Howler: Transmitting Art and Activism. The HIV Howler is a limited edition art newspaper focusing on global grassroots HIV art and cultural production. This exhibition will activate the gallery at 161 Hubbell Street as an editorial and curatorial laboratory for production of the newspaper's fifth issue. Alumnx Residents will also have the chance to connect with upcoming programming for CCA’s Creative Citizens in Action initiative, which promotes creative activism and democratic engagement through public programs, exhibitions, and curriculum connections.
Residency expectations include, but are not limited to, occupancy and activation of the space throughout the duration of the residency (i.e. using the space as a studio or a space for public programming). The gallery spaces have large windows and are visible to the public; it is an expectation that work or work in progress is shown within the gallery. This is not meant to be an exhibition opportunity; it is an opportunity to have space to research and experiment. The minimum number of hours for usage of the gallery is not dictated but the aim is to support artists who will take full advantage of this opportunity by being present and engaged throughout the duration of the residency.
Recipients of this residency opportunity will be notified by May 1. If you have questions about this application, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Floor plans for the galleries can be found here.
*These galleries do not have fabrication facilities, but basic tools will be provided for your usage. Access to the CCA library, media center inventory, and computer labs can be arranged.