Thanks for your interest in the Mutual Artist in Residence Program!
We are currently accepting proposals for five 8-week residency terms from Fall 2019 through Summer 2020.
Mutual Stores is a collective studio comprised of six individual studios, a residency studio, a brick library and archive, a garden, and a shared experimental gallery. We are a group of artists working to redefine material use in object-based art practice.
Mutual Artist in Residence is a subsidized studio residency program hosted by Mutual Stores, a collective studio located in two storefronts on Seminary Avenue in Oakland. Participants in Mutual Artist in Residence are given one material resource: waste produced by the studio’s clay and water recycling sink. This closed system piece of plumbing produces an accumulation of ceramic waste material that is ever fluctuating and dependent on the work produced and materials used by Mutual Stores studio members. Thus far, this waste material has been primarily composed of clay, glaze, and sand. Participants are asked to research and find an experimental use for the studio’s collective waste while in residence. Mutual Artist in Residence exists as a way to continuously develop and share research on material efficiency in ceramics.
Although the Mutual Artist in Residence Program is based in ceramic waste materials, it is open to all artists interested in material exploration and experimentation. No experience working in ceramics is necessary. Artists who do not currently have access to the infrastructure needed for a ceramic practice are especially encouraged to apply.
Mutual Artist in Residence offers participants two months in an individual studio space, a two week solo show at the end of the two month residency term, support in the publication of 100 copies of riso-printed material, and access to the studio’s kiln, shared tools, print resources, and recycled clay.
Application period is July 21 - August 31.
To see work from the first round of artists in residence at Mutual Stores, please click here.
At this time, we do not have the resources available to offer housing for applicants or a materials stipend. Following is a series of brief questions, thanks so much again for your interest!