EAST WILLIAMSBURG — It's a starving artist's dream come true.
An East Williamsburg gallery is launching a residency program in which one artist will get free reign over a 300-square-foot studio space for four months starting in April, no strings attached.
The gallery, Interstate Projects, is now accepting applications that are due on Feb. 15 for a studio beside their gallery at 66 Knickerbocker Ave.
This is the first time Interstate has planned on giving out one of its studios, and they intend on continuing to do so, offering it to three artists a year indefinitely, said Tom Weinrich, 33, the gallery's director.
"[It's about] giving someone a four month period where they can work in a space that they’re not having to struggle to pay for," Weinrich said. "They can just focus on the work — get in there and really give it a lot of time."
Applications will be judged by a panel curators, artists and writers from the gallery's network, Weinrich said. Artists that are too established won't be considered, he said.
There may be an open studio element towards the end of the residency, but Weinrich said, the gallery has no specific requirements for what the artist has to accomplish by the end of the four months.
In theory someone could make nothing over the four month period, "[but they'd] worked on their ideas [and] they feel good about the progress that they've made we would be totally happy with that," Weinrich said.
"It's really about supporting studio practice — allowing people to have that time to work on things," he said.
Here's more information on how to apply.