Residency Unlimited


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Jun, 2018

PAST / RU/Visual AIDS – Curatorial Residency March 2019

A one-month residency, to take place in March 2019 in New York City, for a curator, art historian, or arts writer interested in the intersection of visual art, AIDS and activism. Co-sponsored by Visual AIDS and Residency Unlimited and now in its seventh year, the curatorial residency seeks to encourage the development of exhibitions, programs, and scholarship about AIDS-related cultural production and contemporary art.

The residency includes round-trip transportation to New York City, accommodations and a $1000 stipend.

Residency Unlimited will provide the curator with customized administrative and network support, shared office space at 360 Court Street in Brooklyn and support for a public program (lecture/screening/discussion) defined in conjunction with RU and Visual AIDS. Concurrently, the resident curator will conduct research at Visual AIDS in the Archive Project and online Artist+ Registry. The Visual AIDS office is located in the Chelsea art district in New York City. The Archive and Registry at Visual AIDS holds over 20,000 images by approximately 900 artists living with HIV and those who have passed away from AIDS-related complications. Studio visits with artists from the Archive Project are strongly encouraged. The resident curator is invited to create an online exhibition to be hosted by Visual AIDS (see Visual AIDS monthly Web Galleries at:

The resident curator will be invited to produce a free public event co-hosted by RU and Visual AIDS. Panel discussions, film screenings, performances, or a lecture highlighting the curator’s use of Visual AIDS’ resources, or a presentation of international AIDS-related cultural production are examples of potential programs.

For information on past Visual AIDS curatorial residents, visit:

International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. English speaking and writing skills are required.


Please submit a C.V. and a Statement of Purpose (maximum 2 pages) outlining your goals for the residency, and any past or current projects that have led you to cultural investigations around art, AIDS and activism. Special consideration will be given to applicants living internationally, and outside of NYC, from locations without support for cultural production about themes relating to HIV, LGBT identity, and gender.

Applications are due September 1, 2018.

Applicants will be notified by September 15, 2019

The one-month residency must take place between March 1 and March 31, 2019



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