A little change of scenery and company is essential to the growth of an artist. It allows them to challenge their set conventions. New environments give artists different sights, sounds and people, stripping away the tapestry of inspiration that they have depended on for years.
Artist houses and residencies provide artists with precisely that. Such programs allow artists to live and work outside their usual settings. This will enable them to shift their perspective and gain inspiration from their new experiences. Here are the ways artists benefit from residency programs.
Change of Perspective
Artist houses take artists out of their regular social circles and environments. This causes a shift of perspective since artists draw inspiration from their surroundings. Artists also get to interact with new people. They can take in original stories that can help them see things in a new light, which they can incorporate into their work.
Expanding Social Networks
Most artists live very secluded lives. This is one of the prices one has to pay to produce quality works of art. Residency programs take various artists into one space where they can work and interact with each other. Such programs also have community outreach programs where artists socialize with other members of the community. Clients can also visit artists’ houses to buy and commission new pieces.
Professional artists crave the feedback they received as students. But, this is seldom possible because they have proven their expertise in their craft. Residency programs are more like an expanded graduate program. Participants of such programs help each other with critical comments on style, presentation and other elements of their craft.
Potential for More Commissions
The savviest art collector is on the constant search for the next Picasso. They want to find him/her before the artist becomes a hit. Such collectors fund residency programs with this goal in mind. They also love crawling through artists’ houses to buy art and commission new pieces.