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about the residency

IKEA: a place to buy starter furniture, get in a heated fight with a partner, and now an exciting space to expand your art practice. Our residency program welcomes artists, writers, and multidisciplinary makers working across genres and media for seasonal sessions at the studio that is the Burbank IKEA. Residents will be curated into pairs and meet at a time/date convenient for both parties—broader collaboration amongst others within each cohort is also highly encouraged. From there, it’s a choose-your-own adventure. This is an opportunity to consider art with another person within the context of IKEA. You can use this time and space to share critiques of each other's work, find common ground in your practices to start a collaboration, or use one of the IKEA residency prompts to try something new with a stranger. What is a residency but an invitation for an artist to be in a place at a time with other artists?

Ultimately it is up to the artists to decide what this residency will mean to them, it can be as easy or engaging as you make it. Near the end of each session, the entire group of artists will reconvene to share their findings with one another. This broader atmosphere of collaboration is also open ended. We’re interested in organizing an exhibition of works created from or inspired by this residency, as we did with “At Home” in Spring 2024. Other ideas that interest us are literary readings, publications, artist talks, and more.

The trajectory of the project is based on the outcome of this experience. The ephemera of this residency could be a painting, a sculpture, a zine, a performance, a film, a cult of personality… the possibilities are endless. We’re asking you to participate in an experiment with us, we hope you’re open to sharing your findings.

about us

The IKEA Residency is co-founded by Mary Boo Anderson and Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf. They’re just trying to have a good time.

This experiment wouldn’t be possible without the support of a hardworking community of creative experts; among them are C.J. Blakely, Jim Bulluck, Joseph Morrison, Jacky Tran, and Jordan Turner.

Fore more information, email ikea.residency@gmail.com.

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