Amant Foundation is an international private arts organization that fosters artistic experimentation and dialogue across disciplines through residencies and public programming. Its two headquarters are in the New York City borough of Brooklyn and in the Tuscan village of Chiusure in the heart of Siena province. Each operates with its own focus—with New York devoted to particular project-related concerns and Italy more fixed on developing artists’ practices.
In New York, Amant offers an interdisciplinary program of residencies, exhibitions, performance, workshops and film & lecture series that support the work of practitioners across diverse creative fields. Amant is also committed to participating in cultural partnerships with likeminded organizations and institutions in the US and abroad while also being committed to encouraging local community engagement through programming that explores and expands our understanding of contemporary art and culture. Amant New York spreads across three locations: 306 Maujer Street, 315 Maujer Street and 932 Grand Street, located in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. It comprises exhibition galleries, a performance space, as well as four artist studios, a communal area, a café and offices. The campus was designed by SO – IL led by Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu and perfectly integrates art spaces into the urban fabric of East Williamsburg.
Amant Foundation NY. Photo by Iwan Baan.
In Siena, Amant provides independent living spaces and studios, state-of-the-art facilities, situated in an abbey dating back to the 14th century and famous for its frescoes. The aim is to encourage resident artists to focus single-mindedly on their projects while also enjoying easy access to key Renaissance monuments in the area.
Lonti Ebers, artist and founder of Amant Foundation. Photo by Katherine McMahon.
An important and core activity of Amant Foundation are its international residency programs. While the Siena program is available by invitation only, the NY Residency Program for international artists is open and accept applications. Amant does an open call once a year and the residencies have a duration of three months: from the beginning of September to the end of November, 2021 from the beginning of January to the end of March, 2022, from the beginning of April to the end of June, 2022. Deadlines for applications: December 18th (Friday), 2020, 00:00 (EST).
The program can accommodate four residents at a time. Four artists’ studios enable practitioners to pursue their individual artistic goals while also being closely integrated into the organization’s wider community programming during their three-month New York City visit.
Amant takes pride in hosting artists at all stages of their careers and across a wide array of disciplines from the visual arts, literature, performance, filmmaking, and cultural theory with the singular belief that exchanging ideas and experiences about art production will enhance everyone’s work. Amant is also committed to providing the residents with the full experience of living and working in New York by facilitating their connections to major institutions and key figures in the city’s world-renowned professional art scene. They hope that such advice and help may aid and abet their artistic practices. But above all else, Amant is steadfastly committed to providing residents with the time and support to explore and experiment within their practices.
The residency comprises:
Individual studios, a communal area and outdoor space. The studios are situated within the main building, which also includes exhibition galleries, a library/reading room and a performance space to carry out rehearsals and other activities;
Return economy flights and airport transfers to NY.
A monthly stipend of $3,000.00 to offset the costs of accommodation, transport and day-to-day expenses. Amant studios are not residential;
The opportunity to benefit from the expertise of the artistic team at Amant as being exposed to its exhibitions and event programs. In this regard, the residents will be asked to do a public program event during the course of the residency;
Introducing residents through special meetings with local researchers and art professionals relevant to their needs, and access to a rich network of institutions in NY.
Amant offers a unique opportunity to experiment with nonlinear models of generating knowledge to encourage different connections between artists, researchers, cultural institutions, and the general public.
Applications are now open online for the Amant Residency New York 2021-2022.
Applicants should submit a specific project proposal outlining their research interests and intentions during the residency. The candidates will be selected by a professional committee which includes Amant’s internal senior team and three external advisors: Lauren Cornell, Director of the Graduate Program and Chief Curator at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NY; Elvira DianganyOse, The Showroom Director, London; and Reem Fadda, Director of AbuDhabi Cultural Center, Abu-Dhabi. Applicants will be notified of their status by March 31st, 2021.
Please read the FAQ before applying.