Artist production residencies are the heart of the curatorial program at EMPAC. Much of the work that we commission and present is developed through residencies in collaboration with our curatorial and production staff. Artists benefit from unparalleled access to state-of-the-art technological infrastructure for the making of their work, including support from EMPAC’s expert team of video, audio, stage and production engineers and technicians. Residencies are often planned years in advance to afford time for extended engagement between artists and our staff. The number of residencies, their structure and length is tailored to each individual artist and project.

Open Call Programs

EMPAC has partnered with the Australia Council for the Arts and the Flemish Government’s Department of Culture, Youth and Media to provide residency support for artists. The curators work with staff from each organization to select projects from yearly open-calls by and to those institutions. Information on eligibility, deadlines, and how to apply can be found at the participating organization’s website:

Australian Council for the Arts

Flemish Government, Department of Culture, Youth, and Media

General Open Call

EMPAC also maintains a limited open call residency program. If you have an artist residency proposal specific to EMPAC’s facilities, curatorial program, and the technical expertise of our team, please fill out this short online form.

We review proposals within 30 days of submission. As a result of the density of our program and our focus on new commissions, we accept very few proposals through our general open call. If a project is accepted, EMPAC will provide the technical infrastructure and staff to fulfill the project goals. Applicants must secure funding for travel, lodging, materials and fees associated with their project. Accommodation in EMPAC artist housing may be available, but is not guaranteed.

Current and Past Residents


Mary Kouyoumdjian with Alarm Will Sound and Kevork Mourad / Paper Pianos


Nancy Campbell, Vic Brooks, and Ashley Ferro-Murray / Feminist and Antiracist Science and Technology Studies
Annie Saunders & Wild Up / Rest
Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Riener / Desire Lines
Bora Yoon / Artist Residency
Amanda Turner Pohan / Alexa Echoes
Heartbeat Opera / Lady M
Lesley Flanigan / Artist Residency
Steve Reich Recordings / Mivos Quartet
Maria Chávez / Untitled Commission
Ni’Ja Whitson / The Unarrival Experiments
Michelle Ellsworth / Artist Residency


Lesley Flanigan / Residue
Su Wen-Chi / Artist Residency
Yanira Castro and Stephan Moore / Exploring Wave Field Synthesis in Dance
Eve Sussman & Simon Lee / No food No money No jewels
Laurie Anderson / Chalkroom
Camila Galaz / Australia Council for the Arts / Vecino Vecino'
A.K. Burns / Void
James Richards / Mouth Room
Cenk Ergün and JACK Quartet / Sonare and Celare
Justin Shoulder / Carrion
Ephraim Asili / The Inheritance
jumatatu m. poe and Jermone “Donte” Beacham / Let ‘im Move You: This is a Formation
Findlay//Sandsmark / >>returner<<
Anna Craycroft / Only Breath, Words
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko / Chameleon: A Biomythography
Kurt Hentschläger / EKO Artist Residency
Yarn / Wire / Feld and Tonband
Corin Sworn / Work in Progress
Natasha Barrett and Marc Downie / Innermost
Jon Wang and Bahar Behbahani / Short Shadows


Marilyn Nonken and Steven Marotto / Patterns in a Chromatic Field
Yara Travieso / Sagittarius A.
Maria Hassabi / SlowMeDown
Oneohtrix Point Never / Myriad
David Lang, Ensemble Signal, & Suzanne Bocanegra / darker
Moved by the Motion (Wu Tsang and boychild with Patrick Belaga, Josh Johnson, and Asma Maroof) / Sudden Rise


Mish Grigor


Olivia De Prato
Mary Armentrout
Ensemble Signal


Orit Ben-Shitrit / Ward of the Feral Horses
Laurel Halo / Dust




Joshua Finberg


Johanna Domke
Wally Cardona + Jennifer Lacey
Nora Chipaumire


Helmut Lachenmann, Ensemble Signal, and JACK Quartet / Music of Helmut Lachenmann
Will Rawls and Kyle Wilamowski / Movement Research: The Progress of Process
Thom Kubli / FLOAT! Thinktank 21
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance / Entity
Keiko Courdy and Frederic Sofiyana / Halo V-2
Jill Sigman / Shop n Save JOAN


Nuria Fragoso / Anatomy of Melancholy
Bruce Odland & Sam Auinger / my ears...
Jean-François Peyret / RE: Walden
Toni Dove / Lucid Possession
Miguel Azguime / A Laugh to Cry
Luciano Chessa / Intonarumori Construction
Mads Lynnerup / Take a Day for Yourself!
Michael J Schumacher / Room Pieces Troy 2010
Laurie Anderson / Delusion
The OpenEnded Group / Upending
Yvon Bonenfant / Beacons
Workspace Unlimited / They Watch
Sean Griffin / Cold Spring
Lars Jan and Early Morning Opera / Abacus
Sophie Kahn & Lisa Parra / Body/Traces
Will Rawls + Kyle Wilamowski


Peter Flaherty / Soul Leaves Her Body
Balletlab / Miracle
Maryanne Amacher & The Openended Group / Lagrange: A Four Part Mini Series
Jennifer Tipton / Light Above the Hudson




Main Image: Moved by the Motion (Wu Tsang and boychild with Patrick Belaga, Josh Johnson, and Asma Maroof) from their premiere of Sudden Rise at 10YEARS in October, 2018. Photo: Paula Court/EMPAC.