A Note on the Open Call

The following is a brief explanation of the application and selection process for the 2018-19 Artist Residency Open Call.


We were overwhelmed by the interest and enthusiasm for our program and wish to thank everyone who took the time to apply, as well as all those who provided invaluable letters of reference. We received 900 applicants from 58 countries for six residency spots in 2018 and 2019.

All applicants were notified by email of their status on February 28, though unfortunately many messages ended up in spam folders. If you did not receive notification, please contact us at [email protected].

Jury & Selection Process

The jury included FIA Advisory Board members Fabrizio Gallanti, Elisa Nuyten, Silke Otto-Knapp, Nicolaus Schafhausen and Monika Szewczyk; FIA Director of Programs and Exhibitions Alexandra McIntosh; and artist Willem de Rooij.

  • 900 applications were divided into 3 groups and assigned to 2 jury members, with an additional juror reviewing 100 applications in each group. In other words, each application was reviewed by 2 to 3 jurors in the first round of consideration.
  • A longlist of 120 applications was compiled and viewed by all 7 members.
  • A shortlist of 36 was viewed by all 7 members.
  • A jury meeting took place to determine the final selection.
  • Each jury member spent approximately 30-50 hours reviewing applications.
  • FIA staff handled all administrative tasks in preparing and promoting the call, organizing the jury, and answering applicants’ questions throughout.

Administrative Fees

FIA used Slideroom to manage the open call applications and charged a fee of $20 per applicant. The cost of Slideroom for not-for-profit organizations is approximately $2000; Slideroom retains $10 as well as a small credit card fee per application. FIA received approximately $8000 from the remainder of applicants’ fees, which was used to offer jury members an honorarium and offset internal administrative costs.

While the majority of FIA artists-in-residence are selected through invitation, we feel strongly about running the open call as a way to reach artists outside of established networks. The list of 2018 artists-in-residence is available here.

Due to the volume of applications, we regret that we are unable to provide individual feedback to applicants, but we welcome any questions about the open call process. Please contact us at [email protected].

We are honoured to have received such a strong response to the open call and wish all who applied every success with their ongoing projects.

FIA Team