Workspace Residency

The application period for the Summer 2019 session has ended.
Applications for the two-week Spring 2020 session will open in early fall 2019.

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Arts Center seeks applications from artists and researchers to apply for a short-term residency exploring the moving image, time-based media, and emergent technologies. The Workspace Residency is a project-based residency for artists and researchers working in media arts run by Squeaky Wheel in Buffalo, NY. Open to applicants from Buffalo and across the U.S., the residency connects artists and researchers with resources, time, and studio space to support the creation of new work or to continue ongoing projects. The residency is offered twice a year: A two-week session that takes place in the month of March, and a three-week session that takes place in August.

For the Artist residency, the residency program lends itself to the creation of a wide variety of work including film, video, virtual reality, game development, textile, metal and woodwork, 3D printing, sonic arts, installation, performance, and more, with access to wide range of equipment, tools, and technologies. Participants can mix and match these benefits according to their needs. For the Researcher residency: Artists, scholars, curators, writers, and theorists are invited to propose new or in-progress research in the area of emergent media arts practices towards the publication of critical texts, scholarly research, or production of curatorial projects. For the Silo City residency, artists are invited to submit proposals to create and present a public performance at Silo City’s Marina A during the residency, utilizing its unique sonic, visual qualities, and/or industrial history and legacy. The Silo City residency is only available for the summer session.

Selected applicants will have tailored access to facilities, equipment, technical consultation, from Squeaky Wheel, as well as our Workspace Residency partners Buffalo Game SpaceThe Foundry, and Silo City. Residents will also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures, are provided with public opportunities to share and receive feedback for their work, and will be invited to a variety of site visits and activities exploring Buffalo’s unique communities and histories.

We encourage Indigenous peoples, Black people, people of color, women, and 2SLGBTQQIA individuals to apply. The residency welcomes applications from emerging to established artists and researchers. You can see the biographies and projects of previous residents here.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, or have a valid U.S. work visa. Full-time students are not eligible to apply.


Applicants must submit a completed application form explaining their interest in the residency and what they hope to accomplish. We highly recommend reading the Application Overview document (updated January 2019). The deadline for applications for the summer 2019 session is February 16, 2019, 11:59pm.

  1. Read the APPLICATION Overview (PDF Link). *Newly updated* The document contains information about the types of residencies Available; residency details and expectations; the jury process and selection criteria; the list of questions asked in the application Form, and explanations of the questions; a list of equipment available, and a Frequently Asked Questions section.
  2. Fill out the APPLICATION FORM (Google Form Link)

Questions can be directed to Ekrem Serdar at

Workspace Residency is supported by generous support by the County of Erie and County Executive Mark Poloncarz, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, individual members, businesses, and supporters.

Banner image: Liat Berdugo and Summer 2018 Workspace Resident Emily Martinez’ Eternal Boy Playground, on view at Telematic (San Francisco, CA) through February 2, 2019.