Rate My Artist Residency joins China Residencies and Residency Unlimited at NEW INC
Hello World! We are very happy to bring you some exciting news this month!
Rate My Artist Residency is joining China Residencies and Residency Unlimited in a coalition to build a new unified web-based artist residency information platform. The project is called RES and will be designed, developed and tested throughout 2016-2017 as a part of NEW INC, founded by the New Museum in 2014 as the first museum-led cultural incubator dedicated to supporting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship across art, design, and technology.
What is RES?
Since 2009, our friends at the Brooklyn-based nonprofit RU Opportunities
have been running RU Opportunities, a free online listing service delivering up-to-date information about artist residencies worldwide. As of today, the service has garnered a healthy online following and publishes open calls on a daily basis. Last year, we supported their successful Kickstarter campiagn that raised $10,000 to help bring the service up to speed with new features that would benefit both artists searching and applying for residencies, as well as arts organizations who run and manage residencies.
Their original plan was to contract a web developer to fix the kinks in the system and add new features to the service. But last spring, after a RU Talk with curator Paolo Mele, Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria (RU co-founder) had a conversation with Katrina Neumann, creator of Rate My Artist Residency. Together they agreed that there are a vast number of similar platforms out there, many of which are built by artist minded communities dealing with the same types of challenges, and very often, publishing the same content that quickly goes out of date.
They both then decided to join resources, completing the triangle by instantly calling China Residencies’ co-founder Kira Simon-Kennedy in Beijing, who immediately agreed to join forces both RU and RMAR in this exciting new initiative to help artists and residencies worldwide.
While we primarily cover the same field, we’ve always strongly supported each organization’s individual missions (we gave our very public first talk about China Residencies at RU, where Kira and Crystal first met Katrina!) Each team member brings unique factors, experiences, and perspectives to the table and each of our skill-sets will play key roles in the development of this new initiative.
If you’d like to help us out by filling out a quick survey about how you currently search for or disseminate opportunities, please click here if you’re an artist and here if you’re a residency. You can also leave your email to stay tuned for more updates as this project takes form throughout the coming year!
Katrina Neumann is the founder and executive director of Rate My Artist Residency. Founded in 2013, this growing resource provides a platform for artists worldwide to socially and critically engage in conversation about artist residencies. Neumann is also a visual artist, curator, and the director of Kent Fine Art.
Kira Simon-Kennedy is the co-founder and executive director of China Residencies, a nonprofit directory of opportunities and resources for artists and the people who host them in mainland China and Hong Kong. She also produces independent documentary films, and occasionally translates French and Mandarin.
Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria is the co-founder and director of operations of Residency Unlimited, an artist-centered organization dedicated to producing customized residency structures to support the creation, presentation, and dissemination of contemporary art.