[Nov 18] New Works 2020 Residency Program Application is Closed

Deadline January 10, 2020

The New Works and Creative Residency Program is a national program that awards contemporary American artists and legal US residents working in sound art and emerging technology a $5000 commission to produce and present a new artwork. The residencies will take place in New York City at the Harvestworks’ Technology, Engineering, Art and Music Lab (T.E.A.M).  Projects must be completed by December 31, 2020.

Harvestworks is a leading center for the development of artworks that combine and integrate art forms, explore boundaries and create new forms of expression through art and technology. The works will be shared with the public upon completion and show that innovative use of new technology can help viewers understand their environment, be receptive of new ideas, and enrich their imagination.

Each artist receives up to a $2000 artist fee with the balance of the award used for TEAM lab activities including research and development, sound and image production, programming and prototyping. The artist works with a Harvestworks team comprised of a Project Manager and technical engineer/programmer OR can bring in their own team. The proposed projects should explore new aesthetic premises and push the boundaries of conventional art forms and media. Women, ethnic and gender-neutral artists are encouraged to apply. 

A limited number of Scholarships and Technology Lab Workspace Residencies will be recommended by the panel depending on our funding. The Technology Lab Workspace Residency includes 24hr access to the Harvestworks studios and collaborative working environment.

Apply HERE: There is no cost to apply.

2019 Resident Sabine Gruffat in the studio

How to apply: Projects may take the form of multiple channel audio or video installations, live performances with interactive performance systems and live processing methods, data visualization as single or multiple channel video or computer images, AR or VR and hardware hacking or circuit bending as custom built interfaces or instruments.  Project descriptions may include the development of a new sound work for music, theater, media art and interdisciplinary performance; experimenting with new creative concepts, approaches, or methods and researching and developing new technology for use in performance or exhibition (e.g. musical instrument invention or new exhibition technology).


Projects will be chosen based on their artistic excellence, the artists’ commitment to the field, the creative use of the Harvestworks sound technology resources and feasibility of completing the project within the timeframe of the residency (January 15 – December 31, 2020).  

Eligibility: The New Works program is designed to assist individual working artists. Collaborations, groups, ensembles and collectives have to designate a Lead Artist to apply to the program. Only new work proposals are accepted. Proposals that document an existing work are not eligible. Students, including PhD candidates, who are enrolled in a university are not eligible. Program recipients from the past 2 years are not eligible this year. Lead artists must reside in the U.S.

2019 Resident Dafna Naphtali presents her project to the other residents

Residencies run from January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020.

Presentation: Work produced in the program is premiered in the Harvestworks’ New York Electronic Art Festival, the Expanding Art and Technology Exhibitions on Governors Island or in collaboration with other venues. Residents are also featured on the Harvestworks website.

2019 residents included Mollye Bendell, Katherine Bennett, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Zeelie Brown, Pure Rave, Sabine Gruffat, Kalun Leung, Dafna Naphtali, Matthew Ortega, Zahra Poonawala, Natacha Diels, Zeljka Blaksic, Nicole Goodwin, Jenn Grossman, Susie Ibarra and Sarada Rauch.

Sample Projects

2019 Resident Kalun Leung and Instrument Builder Frank Spigner
HWxHausmusik Audio and Performance Studio
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