2019 Black Spatial Relics Residency (Philadelphia)

Philadelphia, PA

The 2019 Black Spatial Relics (BSR) Residency will support the development of two new performance works that address and incorporate the public histories of slavery and contemporary issues of justice. The artists-in-residence should pay particular attention to land -based histories of both the slave trade and its legacies on the Eastern seaboard of the United States as well as histories of chattel slavery, fugitivity and liberation. Applicants are invited to apply with performance projects that may traverse or engage dance, theatre, performance installation and/or ritual, spoken word, music/sound and or any multidisciplinary constellation of the aforementioned. Artists with both new and developing performance projects are welcome to apply.

Submission Policy
April 1: Application closes + Application Panel (comprised of activists, artists and scholars) reviews applications Early May: Award Notification + Payment November—May: Development of performance project. During this development period, BSR artists-in-residency will check in with the Black Spatial Relics team (via Skype or another similar medium) twice. November: Three Day Residency in Philadelphia This three-day residency will include workshops, convenings and artist talks that are open to the public. This three-day residency will include travel, housing and community meals. Applicants must: Live in the US; Identify as Black and/or be of African descent; Be artist(s) engaged in the practice of making performance; Be available to participate during ALL program dates in Philadelphia; Be available to develop new work based on the BSR Residency criteria and within the scheduled outlined above; Be in conversation with local land histories with ties to the transatlantic slave trade, chattel slavery, fugitivity and liberation. Optional: Be additionally supported by a host not-for-profit organization or institution that will help develop and continue the presentation of the new work. An award in the amount of $2,500 will be granted to each artist or each group of artists selected as part of this residency. The award will be paid over two installments (May and November)

Special Interest
Black or African American