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Artist in Residence

Membership Options

Short-term agreements keep things flexible.


Malibu, CA


Applications Open Through Oct. 2


The MFF Artist-in-Residence program is an interdisciplinary research and production program that aims to support Los Angeles-based artists by offering studio space in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

With studios located onsite at the museum and monthly honorariums offered to participating artists, the museum’s expanded interdisciplinary residency program furthers The Main’s central mission of supporting practicing Los Angeles–based artists. The artist-in-residence program is a platform for the investigation, experimentation, and development of ideas regarding contemporary artistic creation in Los Angeles. The program’s objective is to help artists advance their practices in an environment that allows for expansive thinking and working while addressing a need for studio space that is critical to artists and the ongoing cultural vibrancy of the city.


The residency program offers artists a free private studio and an honorarium of $1,000 per month. A variety of disciplines are accepted including, but not limited to, visual arts, media/new genre, performance, film/video, music/sound, choreography, and writing. Artists are invited to use the space as they wish, with no expectation of producing new work, though some residencies may result in exhibitions or public programs. Residencies can last anywhere from three to nine months, depending on the needs of the individual artists. This opportunity for extensive time in the residency program allows for artists-in-residence to develop strong connections with the museum, other artists working in the space, and the surrounding community.

In addition to the physical studio space and financial resources of the residency, access to The Main museum staff and relevant artists, curators, critics, and educators is a distinguishing feature of the program. With residency studios connected to the staff offices, The Main’s staff members work closely with artists-in-residence to arrange individual studio visits, facilitate research, liaise with media, develop connections and programs with the surrounding community, and generally provide a supportive and collaborative environment.

The residency is non-residential: no room/board is offered.


The Main’s residency program serves artists actively in need of studio space and, as such, selected artists are required to use the studio for a minimum of three days per week. This is a process-based residency; there is no expectation or promise of a resultant exhibition at the museum, however artists are welcome to propose public programs that generate dialogue about topics related to their interests and practices.


The residency program is open to artists based in Los Angeles. Ideal candidates show significant promise and dedication to their work and are at a moment in which access to a private studio space and supportive environment will be particularly meaningful to their practice.


Applications for the 2018 artist-in-residence program are now being accepted. Application materials must be received by Monday, October 2, 2017, at 5 p.m. This is not a postmark deadline. All finalists will be contacted via email to make interview arrangements by Monday, October 30, 2017.


Applications should be sent via mail to the address listed below. Every eligible application must contain the following, as separate documents:

  • An artist resume/CV including name, address, telephone number, email, and short bio (max. 2 pages); titled ‘LastName_FirstName_CV’

  • Artist statement (max. 250 words); titled ‘LastName_FirstName_Artist Statement’

  • Letter of intent outlining your interest in a studio at The Main Museum; discuss why this the right time for you to participate in the artist-in-residence program and what you hope to gain from the residency; include preferred residency start / end dates (max. 500 words); titled ‘LastName_FirstName_Letter of Intent’

  • The names and emails of three professional references; titled ‘LastName_FirstName_References’

  • Work sample; titled ‘LastName_FirstName_Work Sample’:

  1. Visual artists: submit up to 10 images of recent work. Do not send actual artwork pieces.

  2. Time-based media artists: submit a DVD or USB drive. The total combined duration of video and audio must not exceed 10 minutes.

  3. Writers: submit 1–5 writing samples. The total combined work samples should not exceed 15 pages.

All application materials must be enclosed in a 9 x 12 -inch envelope. Oversized materials will not be reviewed.
If you would like your materials returned to you, please include a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage. The museum is not able to retain any submitted material.

Please note:
Artist collaboratives should apply together by submitting one application per group
All applications and work samples must be submitted in, or translated to, English



Malibu Film Festival
Attn: AIR Program
23852 Pacific Coast Hwy #700

Malibu CA 90265



For questions about the residency program, please email Please no calls at this time.

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