Space Taking
Artist Residency

For traditionally underrepresented local artists

Pictured: The Other Side by Amanda Pascali, 2022 Photo by J. Andrade

The Third Round of Residency Application is Now Closed


Fresh Arts, formerly “Spacetaker,” has grown from being a space for Houston artists to promote their work into a multifaceted organization dedicated to empowering artists and connecting communities. 

Launched in the Spring of 2021, The Space Taking Artist Residency, calls back to the organization’s roots proudly serving as a launch pad for artists to “take over” a space for the purposes of developing and executing a creative project and hosting a series of public programs. This residency, powered by Fresh Arts, is a six-week opportunity for traditionally underrepresented local artists to experiment and “take over” a public space in new and out-of-the box ways.

Pictured: Renegade Telegram by Y.E Torres + The Renegade Carnies, 2021 Photo by J. Andrade

Through this program, Fresh Arts strives to showcase a diverse range of creative programming designed to provide artists with a flexible showcase space, marketing and project support, and serve as an income generating opportunity. In a time when experimental art spaces and project funding for artists are disappearing, Fresh Arts sees this as an innovative way to address these critical issues while nurturing a collaborative art community.

Pictured: ARTcade by Koomah + The Locas, 2021 Photo by Gisele Parra

For the first and second rounds of the residency, artists were provided with a gallery space within the Sawyer Yards creative campus, access to peer mentorship, project support and resources, and a stipend to seed their ideas. Each residency project hosts open hours as well as host a series of socially distanced public and virtual events and activations during their time in the space. In line with its mission to provide professional development opportunities for artists, Fresh Arts regularly dedicates time and resources to mentoring each selected project through the process of presenting and executing a public program, including marketing, project budgeting, presentation techniques, and more.

Pictured: A Single Thread Weaves A Future by Stacey Allen + Saida Carter, 2021 Photo by Joylynn Keeton
Pictured: MythoFutuRiddim by A.C. Evans, 2022 Photo by J. Andrade


Read more about them and their projects!

Koomah + the Locas, Y.E. Torres, and Stacey Allen + Saida Carter

Amanda Pascali and AC Evans

Ruby Rivera, Dr. Lindsay Gary, and Keeley Dunnam

The Space Taking Artist Residency is funded in part by a grant from Texas Commission on the Arts, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment, and Brown Foundation.