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Mother's Milk 2023 Residency
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Entry Deadline: 2/15/23
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $25.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 10
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 5
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 5
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 15
Call Type: Residencies
Eligibility: International
State: Kansas

Mother’s Milk is a 2-6 week interdisciplinary residency, designed to support three or four visual artists, sound artists, or creative writers, who are pursuing innovative work in their field. The goal of this program is to provide individuals or collaborative teams with the time and space to pursue their creative projects alongside other residents whose different perspectives, backgrounds and interests offer inspiration and interaction. Work that is more experimental in nature without regard to commercial viability is of special interest. Residents have studios in a 1,500 sq. ft. hay barn studio and share housing in a fully renovated 1898 farmhouse. 

Mother's Milk Residency is located in a restored former dairy farm at the edge of Newton, Kansas, tucked between farm fields, a light industrial park, and a travel hub. Our 7.6 acres are heavily wooded in most areas with some historic farm machinery left in place, where it has found a symbiosis with nature. The grounds offer opportunities for installations (with prior approval), or a source of natural materials.

Mother's Milk is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or dis/ability.

Applications are due February 15, 2023 for May 20 - November 3, 2023 residencies. Jury notification will be mid-March 2023. 

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Application Requirements

Each application requires:

  • A project proposal statement, not to exceed 500 words.
  • A current CV.
  • Samples of recent work completed in the last two years
  • References: Contact information for two professional references that are familiar with your work and your potential to be a positive member of our small community of residents.
  • Preferred residency dates (although not guaranteed)
  • $25 application fee

Work Sample Requirements

  • Creative Writers: submit 5 -10 pages of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction combined into one Word or pdf file.
  • Sound Artists: submit 3 - 5 audio and/or video samples, no more than 2 minutes each.
  • Visual Artists: submit 8 - 10 images or combination of images, audio, video files (no more than 5 media files per submission)

All submissions must follow CaFE formatting guidelines.

Eligibility Criteria

Residents (teams) will be exceptional creative practitioners – including emerging, mid-career and established artists - who desire time and space to work on their projects. Residencies will be awarded based on excellence and merit of project proposal, and the applicant’s interest in and ability to work independently. Residents cannot be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, must be at least 21 years old, and must reside on-site for the duration of the program. International applicants will need to show proof of English language skills and will be responsible for acquiring appropriate visas if accepted.