With a focus on experimentation and collaboration, Dieu Donné founded the Workspace Program in 1990 to provide emerging, New York State based artists with the opportunity to explore paper pulp as an artistic medium. The program encourages emerging artists to explore the creative possibilities inherent in the hand papermaking process, and to develop this medium as a contemporary art form. Beginning in 2019, Dieu Donné will be partnering with The Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm on the roof of our building. This partnership will allow one of the four chosen Workspace artists to create a body of work that responds to issues of ecology and the environment, and will provide access to the resources of a working urban farm.
The Dieu Donné Workspace Program residency includes introduction to the medium and process and days in the studio with a dedicated collaborator. Each artist is paired with a master papermaker, creating a unique collaborative experience where a new medium can be quickly learned and put into practice. Experimentation is highly encouraged throughout the residency.
Qualifications for the Workspace Program residency
The Workspace Program is open to emerging artists who live and work in New York State. Artists from all disciplinary and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applications will not be accepted from students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs during the program year. Applicants must be New York State residents and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. No prior papermaking experience is required. Applications are only accepted via our online application; please do not mail or e-mail application materials.
Artists apply for the Workspace Program residency through an online application form which requires answering a few short questions, providing a current resume, artist statement, statement of interest, and uploading up to 10 images. Applicants for the Workspace + Brooklyn Grange residency will be asked to answer additional questions. A changing panel of curators, critics, and art professionals select finalists based on the quality of the work samples.
Click here for a list of Workspace Program artists-in-residence.