Second Shift Studio Residency Program


Second Shift Studio Space of Saint Paul

Second Shift Studio Space of Saint Paul is now accepting applications for our 2019 residency cycle. We offer free studio space to four women and non-binary creatives annually. Second Shift’s program offers a safe, free working space to makers whose practices will benefit from our resources. Our program encourages collaboration and communication among residents - studios are semi-private, and residents will share a number of common working spaces. Because of this openness, crafting a group of curious and dedicated residents is integral to the program’s success. Residents will be selected based on a demonstrated commitment to furthering their own practice, and an established interest in collaboration, experimentation, and community building. Second Shift residencies are not only for visual artists - we encourage, writers, curators, thinkers, and makers of any kind to apply. We hope to craft a group that spans ages, disciplines and backgrounds, for we believe this mix of experience and interests will lead to a more fruitful residency period for all. Our aim is to redefine the successful outcome of an artist residency, shifting the focus away from creating a singular body of work towards research, experimentation, and collaboration.

The application consists of a few short questions about you and your practice, and asks for a PDF of work samples. Applications are due March 15, 2019 and will be reviewed by the Second Shift Board of Directors. Applicants will be informed of the Board’s decision by May 1, 2019, with the residency period beginning June 2019. Please read our FAQ below before applying. Questions can be directed to [email protected].



Who can apply?

Our program is for women and non-binary artists and curators over the age of 21. Creatives working in any discipline are welcome to apply – this includes visual artists, writers, musicians, dancers, etc. Applicants may not be enrolled in any degree program for the duration of the residency period, and may not maintain a separate studio during their time at Second Shift.

What do you mean when you say women and non-binary?

Second Shift is a platform for those with marginalized gender identities. Those identifying as women, femme, trans, and gender non-conforming are all welcome to apply.

What are the facilities like?

Second Shift houses four, 350 square-foot studio spaces, a storefront, a lounge, a kitchenette, and a basement storage space. The way these spaces are shared and divided amongst residents will change year to year, depending on the dynamics of that cycle’s residents. Spaces will be assigned based on the needs and plans outlined in your residency application. Residents are expected to provide all their own tools and materials.

Does Second Shift provide housing?

No. Right now, Second Shift residencies are non-living, meaning residents are responsible for providing their own housing. As Second Shift grows, we hope to introduce more housing options for artists not based in the Twin Cities area.

Are artists working in all mediums allowed to participate?

We do not limit our residents in the type of work they do, and artists working in any medium will be considered. Further, our residencies are not only for visual artists - we encourage, writers, curators, thinkers, and makers of any kind to apply. However, since our space is small and shared, work involving high levels of noise, toxic fumes or specialized machinery cannot be included.

Is there a materials stipend?

There is no stipend available at this time, but applicants are encouraged to apply to fellowships or grants to help support themselves during their stay.

When does the residency begin?

Second Shift is a brand-new space and the 2019 residency cycle will be our first. We are currently in the process of constructing the studios and rehabbing our building, which we are hoping to complete in the next few months. Our hope is to have the space ready for residents move in June 1, 2019, but this may be subject to change depending on construction costs and timelines. We will be in communication as updates arise, but some flexibility on the part of the residents will be necessary for this first round.

How are the residents selected?

Second Shift’s Board of Directors will review the applications and select the first round of residents. This process will be completely anonymous - the Board will not have access to names or biographical information of the applicants. In the coming years we plan to introduce a juried selection process.  All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by May 1, 2019.

What is expected of residents? Do they have to complete a body of work during the residency?

In terms of creative output, we aim to put as few expectations on our artists as possible. Instead, our expectations are to demonstrate a responsibility to the community – the small community of residents that will become a family over the course of their year at Second Shift, as well as the community of East Paul, where Second Shift is located. We expect that residents utilize the space regularly, but we recognize that everyone has different schedules and working styles and “regular” looks different for every person. Applicants must maintain communal areas, help with events and open hours, and keep the sidewalk clear in the winter months. We do not ask residents to complete a prescribed amount or body of work or to submit studio progress reports. We do ask that residents organize one public event at some point during their year with us. Many artists use this opportunity to present their work in our storefront space, but this event could also take the form of an artist talk, an open studio, a panel discussion, a dinner, a screening, etc.

Where is Second Shift?

Second Shift is located at 1128 Payne Avenue, in the heart of Saint Paul’s East Side.

Opportunity Opens

Saturday, Jan 5th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Friday, Mar 15th 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

MN Artists