Artist Residency Program
The Switchboard is excited to announce the 2020 Artist Residency Program, to be offered at our space in the heart of the Haverhill Arts District at 43 Washington St. The Residency will align with our mission to “unite, inspire, and support the creative community of Haverhill by providing entrepreneurial and experience-based opportunities through art and music based programming.” We welcome artists working in a wide variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, fiber arts, dance, photography, music, and performance art, who are interested in temporary studio space and showcasing parts of their unique creative process through public-facing programming. Two and four-week residencies are available.
Artists will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their art practice, drawing inspiration from downtown Haverhill’s historic architecture, proximity to the Merrimack River, and burgeoning arts and culture scene. Artists will have full access to an 800 sq ft, ADA-compliant studio space with a private bathroom and utility sink, in addition to the support and backing of The Switchboard’s well-established network. Residents are required to participate in an Artist Talk during the residency, and are encouraged to host a Closing Reception at the end of their stay. We ask that Artists are present for weekly Open Studio hours on Saturdays from 10am - 1pm to allow for drop-in interactions and connections with our community.
Artists are encouraged to develop a body of work throughout their residency, although a completed “project” is not required. July 2019 Artist in Residence Liz Auffant focused on creating work inspired by the downtown, but also wanted the residency to “act as an opportunity for people to walk into a gallery and not see just a finished product hung up perfectly on the wall, but instead...see the artistic process for what it really is- messy, maddening, and alive.” We hope that Artists will benefit from this spirit of community engagement and collaboration through the Switchboard’s Artist Residency program, and hope that it ultimately opens new doors, sparks inspiration, and creates new networks for their art practice.