PLAYGROUND DETROIT has partnered with Ponyride to facilitate a new artist residency program providing artists with an incubator space to create excellent artwork in a dynamic environment within the Detroit creative community. This residency simultaneously hosts one Detroit-based artist and one visiting artist who are provided with private live/work space and co-working area at Ponyride in Corktown, Detroit. They will be asked to make new work that will be exhibited at the end of the residency. This will establish curated connections and encourage dialogue between the artist fellows reflective of their relationship to and understanding of Detroit.

Throughout the six-week residency each artist will engage with the community through an artist talk at a Collector’s Dinner with patrons and local arts institution representatives, as well as at a family-friendly community workshop the artists produce with PLAYGROUND DETROIT for local youth. The residency will result in one exhibition with the artists’ presentation of their process and their completed high-quality artwork to sell. PLAYGROUND DETROIT will coordinate all events, exhibits, and promotional media.

The residency provides participating artists with the following: materials stipend sponsored by Blick, introductions to dynamic art scenes by partnered artists, time and space to create new work, individual professional development and networking, and deeply informational cultural tours of both historical and contemporary Detroit with special access to otherwise private spaces.


Disciplines: Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Design, Digital, Film & Video, Installation, and Fiber

Location: Ponyride in Corktown, Detroit, Michigan

Duration: 6 weeks, October 15 through November 26

Eligibility: Emerging Artists ages 21 to 45. Please submit a current CV, Artist’s Resumé, Artist’s Statement, as well as Website, and Social Media handles if applicable. A residency proposal with explanation of a project with necessary equipment, tools, and working space is required.

Cost: $1,000.* Detroit-based artists will receive a 10% discount. Includes 6-week stay at Ponyride with private bedroom/ studio and common living quarters, kitchen & bathroom; bicycle for use throughout stay; art materials stipend sponsored by Blick, access to on-site wood shop; free wi-fi/internet & laundry cultural tour of Detroit by PLAYGROUND DETROIT; introductions to institutions, galleries, and collectors; support and guidance throughout creation process; full production of gallery exhibition (installation with professional preparator, marketing, documentation, audience, and deinstallation).

Application Deadline: Monday, September 12th

Residency Announcement: Friday, September 23rd 2016

Residency Begins: Saturday, October 15th 2016
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  • Have you participated in a residency program before? If so, how was your experience? What are your goals, both personal and professional?

  • Why are you interested in doing the PLAYGROUND residency program at Ponyride in Corktown, Detroit?

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  • Personal Statement, CV, and/or Prior Experience (links can be added)

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  • Please submit images of previous work.

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  • How will you engage with the community during the residency? Why is this important to you?

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  • How did you hear about PLAYGROUND DETROIT and/or this call for artists?

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