As an expansive platform for art, thought, and action, The Luminary supports exceptional ideas and initiatives through fully funded residencies that provide dedicated time, considered collaborations and a supportive working environment. The program is open to all artists, curators and critics, but uniquely supports the research, development and presentation of work that utilizes innovative forms and unconventional structures such as alternative spaces and economies, publications and writing, archives, collaborations, artist-led projects and experimental institutional practices. Our open calls are oriented around distinct sessions that engage thematic interests being explored elsewhere in the institution through exhibitions, publications, and extensive public programs.
Call for proposals for our Spring/Summer 2019 residency session: Counterpublics
The session will take place from April 1st through July 31st, 2019 in parallel with a large-scale public art platform, Counterpublic, which will commission artists, activists, designers, choreographers, writers, and performers to activate storefronts, parks, and gathering spaces throughout our neighborhood, embedding art directly within the everyday life of the community. This community, colloquially known as Cherokee Street, is a convergence of four of the most socio-economically and racially diverse neighborhoods in St. Louis, is historically the primary Hispanic/Latinx district in the city, and directly engages (and obscures) the indigenous histories of the region both in its name and its adjacencies to significant former Mississippian sites.
Counterpublic attempts to expand spaces of dissent, dialogue, care, and complexity within The Luminary’s immediate community through responsive commissions and intentional intersections with this space. We encourage applications that engage communal land use and neighborhood change, monument-making for marginalized communities, choreographies of resistance, and the decolonization of public space.
Projects may take the form of:
* Site-responsive installations, exhibitions, performances, screenings, durational projects and other forms to be situated in the everyday spaces of our neighborhood
* Writing and Publications to engage the session’s concept through contextual criticism, embedded critique, and responsive modes of publication
Selected residents will be commissioned to create new work or re-stage previous work that directly engages this platform. Residents will receive a stipend of up to $1,500 (depending on duration and proposed project), travel stipend, housing, and dedicated staff support. Additional project support may be available in select circumstances.
Applications will be reviewed as received with a final deadline on January 15th. At least two spots will be reserved for artist parents/families thanks to a fellowship from the Sustainable Arts Foundation.
To apply, please fill out the online application.
Please note there is a non-refundable $25 application fee.
For questions regarding the application process, please contact [email protected].