Fresh Arts is a Houston-based 501(c)3 organization that champions local artists and creative entreprenuers to succeed in the business of art.

The Space Taking Artist Residency powered by Fresh Arts

The application for the 2023 residency cycle opens September 10, 2022.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Sunday, October 30, 2022, 11:59 p.m. (CST)

PROJECT STIPEND: $3,000.00 (inclusive of project costs and artist fees)

This program is funded in part by Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, with support from Deal Co.


Fresh Arts, formerly "Spacetaker," has grown from being a space for Houston artists to promote their work into a multifaceted organization nurturing an arts ecosystem that positions artists for success. Fresh Arts' residency program, launched in 2021, calls back to its roots with the third iteration of The Space Taking Artist Residency program which proudly serves as a launch pad for artists and collectives to experiment creatively and engage with new audiences.


Fresh Arts is seeking proposals from Houston-area artists, creatives, collectives, and curators for public programs and exhibitions as part of their Space Taking Artist Residency. The residency provides a stipend and resources for artists to "take over" a space for the purposes of developing and executing a creative project and public programs.

For 2023, two selected projects will be awarded eight weeks of access in which to activate a 1,800 sq. foot gallery space, a $3,000 honorarium to offset production costs, and dedicated marketing and project support.

Through this program, Fresh Arts strives to showcase a diverse range of creative programming from underrepresented artists through a six-week space takeover residency program designed to provide artists with a flexible showcase space, marketing and project support, and serve as an income generating opportunity. Selected projects will have access to a flexible gallery and event space with the purpose of providing a six-week* period of public programming and/or creative showcases. Activations may be through free and/or ticketed in person and/or virtual experiences, events, exhibitions, showcases, etc. Additionally, residency artists are asked to maintain public open house style hours and or host a public activity or other activation in conjunction with Second Saturdays at Sawyer Yards.

Selected projects will be scheduled during the periods of April-May and July-August 2022. Applicants will have the opportunity to select a preferred residency period within the application form.

Residency applicants should submit a proposed schedule of events/activities or other activations (in person and/or virtual). We recommend proposing no more than 10 events or activities (free or ticketed) which will include the opening night reception and Second Saturday activations (refer to list of Important Dates). Residency artists are expected to be in attendance at all proposed events so please only propose activities that are feasible and within your capacity.

View more information regarding Residency Logistics.

In line with its mission to provide professional development opportunities for artists, Fresh Arts will dedicate time and resources to mentoring residency artists on the process of presenting and executing a public program.

*Residency period includes six-weeks of public programming plus 1 week for installation and 1 week for breakdown for a period of eight weeks total. Only one selected proposal will be in residence at a time. In person programming must adhere to recommended health and safety guidelines in place at the time of their program period.

Other support and benefits include:

  • 1,800 sq feet gallery space to host public in person and virtual programming and private events (*free or ticketed, at the discretion of the artist)
  • Tailored access to ongoing project consultation with Fresh Arts staff.
  • Dedicated marketing support from Fresh Arts to promote all residency activities through e-blasts, social media features, video interviews, etc.
  • Access to a built-in audience of local and regional visitors to the Sawyer Yards creative campus and Arts District Houston.
  • Artist(s) keep 100% of revenue generated from ticketed events, artwork or merchandise sales, etc.
  • Access to Fresh Arts inventory of items including chairs, tables, pedestals, and projectors.
  • Access to Reuse Warehouse and other community discounts and partnerships.


Winter Street Studios Gallery, 2101 Winter Street, 2nd Floor, Houston, TX 77007 (MAP)

The space is a 1,800 sq ft. multi-use gallery and event space with track lighting, skylights, access to shared unisex restrooms, and nearby kitchenette. Selected proposals will be given a key for 24/7 access to the gallery during their programming period (eight weeks total including installation and breakdown).

Please note this residency is NOT a live/work residency.

WSS Gallery 

Winter Street Studios is part of the Sawyer Yards creative campus that houses 400+ artists studios and hosts monthly Second Saturday Open Studio events, and located in the heart of Arts District Houston (a state designated cultural district managed by Fresh Arts).

IMPORTANT: Applicants should take into consideration that the residency space is housed within a larger community of artist studios and be respectful of shared spaces which include the building entrance, hallways, kitchenette, and restrooms.


  • Must live within the Greater Houston metro area (within 50 miles)
  • May not be currently enrolled in an art-related degree program.
  • ALL artists participating in proposed activities must meet above eligibility requirements and have an updated (free) profile in Fresh Arts’ Artist Registry (


Curators, creatives, artist teams or collectives of all disciplines (visual art of any kind, dance, performance, literary, or multi-disciplinary).

Artists or arts collectives in need of space to present a series of public events (in person or virtual; free or ticketed) which may include but are not limited to:

  • dance or theater presentations or performances,
  • immersive art experiences,
  • film/media screenings,
  • exhibitions/group showcases,
  • readings, artist talks or lectures,
  • workshops, etc.


All complete proposals submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by Fresh Arts programming staff and a panel of jurors from the local creative community. Selection will be based on quality of creative work samples, clear project vision, ability to execute proposed activities and activations, interest in community engagement, and program diversity. Two proposals will be selected for 2023.

Fresh Arts is looking for residency proposals that best:

  • activate the gallery space in a multidisciplinary showcase,
  • consider the public-facing nature of the residency,
  • leverage Second Saturday Open Studios at Sawyer Yards* to seek a new public audience.
  • Please note that proposals that do not include payment of all participating artists for their time and work will NOT be selected.

*On the second Saturday of each month, Sawyer Yards artists at The Silos, Silver Street, Winter Street, Sabine Street, and Summer Street Studios open their studios to the public from 12-5pm.

Proposals should include specific details of how they will activate the space for their six-week public period through proposed events, activities, etc. including proposed dates, frequency of event/activities, proposed gallery layout, and if applicable, a list of all participating artists or collaborators.

We recommend proposing a schedule of no more than 10 events or activities which will include the required opening night reception and Second Saturday activations (see next section). Residency artists are expected to be in attendance at all proposed events so please only propose activities that are feasible and within your capacity.

NOTE: In person programming must adhere to recommended health and safety guidelines in place at the time of their program period.


  • Application deadline: Sunday, October 30, 2022, 11:59PM
  • Artist Notification: Thursday, November 10, 2022 by 5PM
  • Artist Contracts + Intake Materials: due by December 5, 2022
  • Selected projects will be scheduled in two-month periods, Spring (April-May) and Summer (July-August). Only one selected project will be in residence at a time.
  • First stipend payment provided 30 days before install period begins.
  • Artists may use the full residence period for hosting private and public activities in addition to the dates listed below.


Spring 2022 residence period: April - May, 2022

  • Installation: April 1-6
  • Reception: Friday, April 7, 6-9pm
  • Second Saturday activations: April 8 and May 13
  • De-install: May 21-30

Summer 2022 residence period: July - August, 2022

  • Installation: July 1-6
  • Reception: Friday, July 7, 6-9pm
  • Second Saturday activations: July 8 and August 12
  • De-install: August 21-30


If selected, the artist(s) and Fresh Arts agree to the following:

All selected artists are to:

  • Commit to six weeks of gallery activation through a schedule of events/activities (in person and/or virtual). We recommend proposing no more than 10 events or activities which will include opening night reception and Second Saturdays.
  • Attend an opening night reception and host public events or activations in conjunction with “Second Saturday Open Studios”. (refer to list of Important Dates)
  • Provide a finalized schedule of activities including time, date and type of activity and event description for all public and private events in writing to Fresh Arts at least 2 weeks prior to residency start date.
  • Adequately pay all participating artists for their time or work using the allotted stipend.
  • Cover all costs associated with the project including: installation, framing, display supplies, paying participating artists, etc. as applicable to the project.
  • Provide Fresh Arts with necessary images, bios, CV, completed surveys and other project-related materials by stated deadlines.
  • Attend weekly ½ hour check-in meetings with Fresh Arts to plan and execute project, create/refine relevant materials, and conduct an exit interview.
  • Collaborate with Fresh Arts to promote scheduled activities on social media through recommended posting guidelines (Social Media toolkit provided).
  • Participate in a ½ hour virtual or in person "Artist Talk" and a one-day Instagram takeover with Fresh Arts for promotional efforts.
  • Return the gallery to its original condition following the project period (re-install any removed gallery lighting, remove trash, etc.)
  • Complete a series of surveys tracking project impact (Reporting templates provided).

Fresh Arts agrees to:

  • Provide a key allowing 24-hour access to the 1,800 square foot gallery space during the duration of the residency period.
  • Provide a $3,000 honorarium per selected project (75% provided 4 weeks before the installation period begins and final payment upon return of key and gallery vacancy).
  • Provide professional photography documentation of one residency event or activity.
  • Assist artists with refining marketing materials (artist bio, artist statement, press release, etc.)
  • Cover the cost of designing all promotional materials including social media graphics and advertisements.
  • Provide signage and marketing postcards.
  • Feature the project and associated events/activities on its website, social media channels, and dedicated email communications.
  • Provide tailored project consultation and ongoing project and marketing support from Fresh Arts staff as needed.

Before you apply, please read the Fiscal Sponsorship FAQs and schedule a meeting with the Fiscal Sponsorship Coordinator before the 15th of the month by emailing Applications have a quarterly deadline on the 1st of February, May, August, and November. Please check your eligibility via the questions below. Also, note that in order for your application to be reviewed by our committee, you must pay the $100.00 non-refundable application fee. To pay your fee, please visit our payment page.

Currently, fiscal sponsorship applications are reviewed quarterly by a special committee, whose recommendations are subject to approval by the Fresh Arts board of directors. Please allow adequate time for the approval process before beginning to raise funds for your project.

(If you already have a budget, mission statement, and project description prepared, the application should take roughly 30-45 minutes.) 

Click here to download a budget template for your application

This form is an annual requirement for all fiscally sponsored projects at Fresh Arts to process their renewal. Answers should reflect the year covered by your most recent contract. This form is due no later than the 1st of the month in which your agreement with Fresh Arts ends, and will be sent to you the month prior to your renewal. Failure to submit this form will put a hold on your fiscal sponsorship and funds will be withheld until submitted. If you have any questions, please contact Fresh Arts' Fiscal Sponsorship Manager, Julia Barbosa Landois at:

After submitting this form, don't forget to pay the $100 renewal fee here. Submission of the renewal form and fee are required to process a new fiscal sponsorship contract.

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