D.A.R.P. Dreamland Artist Residency Program



Dreamland Arts Inc. is an artist-run, sustainable, contemporary multidisciplinary arts organization located in Buffalo, NY. We support emerging artists, performers, and writers working to exhibit, perform, discuss, and connect with art, creative writing, our unique site, the surrounding community, and each other. Our programming seeks to generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological, and disciplinary boundaries. Dreamland is a regular venue for cultural and art events including gallery exhibition, concerts, dance, figure drawing, performance, film screening, themed events, and much more. Dreamland strives to maintain a “pay what you can” donation policy for events to ensure that the arts remain open and accessible to all.


Dreamland Artist Residency Program is a year-round residency program that serves visiting artists each month. D.A.R.P operates as a means of fostering marginalized contemporary artists in a creative arts space founded and maintained by working artists. Artists-in-residence are encouraged to experiment with their practice in a creative setting in the heart of Buffalo’s vibrant artist community. Artists are selected from a criteria that includes portfolio and artistic intention. D.A.R.P was developed to serve artists of color, queer, women, trans* and gender-non-conforming identified peoples, but is an all-identity-inclusive program.

D.A.R.P residents will have the opportunity to join Dreamland for an immersive 3-4 week session devoted to experimenting with practice and participating in Dreamland’s daily activities. Artists will be asked to produce a new body of work during the residency, which will result in an exhibition and/or workshop in Dreamland’s gallery space.

Above all, the Dreamland Artist Residency Program values community engagement, experimentation, inclusivity, collaboration opportunities, and access. Artists are invited to apply to participate in Dreamland’s mission; to support and create programming events that engage with QPOC/POC, LGBTQ, and other marginalized identities so as to foster and strengthen artistic growth and connection in our communities. 



Each D.A.R.P session is scheduled for 3-4 weeks of practice and implementation for artists in the studio, and culminates in an resident artist’s solo weekend exhibition or artist-led workshop. Artist-in-residence are also encouraged to volunteer 15 hours of their time towards Dreamland’s upkeep and programming operations during their residency period.


Artists are selected through the submission of an image portfolio of past work and a letter of prospectus outlining work to be created at the time of residency. Dreamland encourages that artists use the residency to make new work or develop a new project that could benefit from the structure, space, and timeframe offered by the program.

**See the Application Information section below for more details**


Artist accommodations include an adaptable raw studio space in the historic Florentine Center above Dreamland’s gallery space and Free Store, located in the quirky Allentown neighborhood of Buffalo. The studio space is roughly 200-300 square feet with 10 foot ceilings and two large floor to ceiling windows. In addition to a private studio, Artist-in-residence also have access to the gallery space, kitchen, and bath. Wifi is provided.

Artist-in-residence should plan to bring/supply all materials needed for their creative practice. Basic art materials are also available for purchase at a local arts supply store located within walking distance or found in Dreamland’s Free Store. Studios are equipped with a work desk, chair and bed. Artist studios are located up one flight of stairs and are not wheelchair accessible, though all first floor gallery space has ramp access.


APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1, 2016. Artists will be notified by September 15,2016.

Residencies begin on the first Friday of each month and end on the last Sunday of that month, with some flexibility for extension to 4 weeks if 3 week session is insufficient. Dreamland Artist Residency Program begins its first session October 7, 2016.

2016–2017 Dreamland Artist Residency Program Sessions:

  • October 7 – October 30
  • November 4 – November 27
  • December 2 – December 25
  • January 2 – January 30
  • February 3 – February 26
  • March 3 – March 26
  • April 7 – April 30

Please specify your first and second choice for time slots. We will try our best to accommodate your preference.


Dreamland Artists Residency Program requires a $200 fee for the full program and a $10 application fee. The program fee supports the availability of studio, facilities and exhibition space. Artist-in-residence must provide their own food, material and transportation expenses.

Application Information


To be considered, artists interested in applying should use the link below once you have assembled the following information:

  • Applicant’s contact information
    • home address
    • telephone numbers
    • email address
    • Skype/GoogleHangouts username
  • Website URL
  • Artist statement (upload in Word, PDF formats, or directly copy/paste contents)
  • Full residency proposal (upload in Word, PDF formats, or directly or copy/paste contents)
  • An up to date résumé in Word or PDF format
  • 5 images, writing samples, or 2-3 short videos of recent work
    • title information, medium and date listed
  • Two references uploaded in Word or PDF format
    • One character and One professional reference – include names of referees, relationship to applicant, address, telephone number, website if applicable, email and Skype/GoogleHangouts contact information of referees.
  • Three program session date preferences, selected from the list above, listed in order of preference.

Please note that all applications must be submitted in English. International artists are welcome to apply. As part of the application process, a Skype or GoogleHangouts interview is required.


Residency program since:


Disciplines and Medias:
    • Visual Art
    • New Media
    • Curatorial
    • Film Making
    • Sculpture
    • Dance
    • Textile Art
    • Music
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

NOTE: you cannot save applications in progress.
Please be ready to submit the above information
when beginning your application process