Call For Applications | 2022

The Caribbean Digital Virtual Artist’s Residency is a program to support Caribbean artists working in digital media. The residency is hosted by the annual Caribbean Digital (TCD) conference in partnership with Alice Yard, and is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Beginning in 2022, and for a period of four years, TCD and Alice Yard are partnering to create an annual virtual residency programme for artists of the Caribbean and its diasporas who work in digital media. The residency aims to facilitate the development of new artworks in digital media that investigate ideas and practices in Caribbean Digital Humanities, and engage with scholars in the TCD network and community.

The residency consists of:

  • a cash stipend of US$5,000 to support six months of part-time research and creative work, to begin in June 2022;
  • curatorial mentorship by artist and Alice Yard co-director Christopher Cozier;
  • two virtual studio visits by professional curators or critics;
  • the commissioning and online publication of a critical text by a professional art writer to document the artist’s work and process;
  • arranged travel and accommodation to present the resulting work at TCD’s annual conference in December 2022.

During the virtual residency, the artist will remain based at their usual location, interacting with the administrators, mentor, and TCD community members via standard online media and tools, with the understanding that the artist will maintain regular contact through scheduled meetings and check-ins.

This residency is intended to support the development of “born-digital” creative work primarily based in digital media and tools, rather than analog work that is digitized merely for presentation or storage. Artists may work in media including and not limited to images, sound, and text. Also integral to the residency is the artist’s engagement with Caribbean Digital Humanities, a multidisciplinary field of study that brings digital technologies into the research, analysis, visualization, and application of the traditional humanities. During the residency, the artist will be expected to engage in dialogue with Caribbean Digital Humanities scholars with the aim of mutual enrichment of their creative and research practices.

The Caribbean Digital conference (TCD) is an international event hosted annually at locations in the United States and the Caribbean since 2014. Alternating between larger conferences and smaller symposia, TCD has created a singular and consistent space of exchange for Caribbeanist digital scholars, consisting of traditional panels, roundtable conversations, skills-building workshops, and project show-and-tells.

Alice Yard is a contemporary art collective based at Granderson Lab in Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Founded in 2006, Alice Yard curates and hosts artists’ projects and residencies, with the support of an international network of collaborators.

Eligibility and application guidelines

The Caribbean Digital Virtual Artist’s Residency is open to artists from the Caribbean and its diasporas, with a preference for applicants living and working in the Caribbean region. Applicants must be over the age of 18 on 31 March, 2022.

Each application should complete the online form. To access the online form please click on the button below. Besides personal information, the form will ask you to also submit a PDF containing the following:

  • a description of the work the artist proposes to develop during the residency. This may be a new project or an extension of existing work in progress (max. 400 words);
  • a short statement explaining how the artist’s proposed work would benefit from dialogue and engagement with TCD’s Digital Humanities network (max. 200 words);
  • a short description of the digital tools—whether software or hardware—and methods the artist expects to use in the development of their work (max. 200 words);
  • a CV, including a short biographical statement; a list of exhibitions, publications or other forms of presentation of recent work; and the artist’s website and relevant public social media accounts, if applicable (max. 2 pages);
  • a portfolio presenting a sample of the artist’s recent work through images or text, or, alternatively, links to equivalent samples of the artist’s work online (including up to 10 still images with descriptive captions, or links to up to 5 short video or sound works).

NB: the artist’s application package must be saved as a PDF and the five elements listed above must be contained in a single file. Please do not submit multiple files or use other file formats in the form.


The inaugural Caribbean Digital Virtual Artist’s Residency opens for applications on 1 March, 2022. The application deadline is 31 March, 2022. Late applications will not be considered.

Applications will be assessed by a jury including members of the Alice Yard collective and TCD. The successful artist will be announced by the end of April 2022, and the residency will run from June 1 to November 30, 2022. Work developed during the residency will be presented during TCD’s annual conference in December 2022. Ownership of and copyright in the work will remain with the artist, but the artist must agree to grant TCD non-exclusive rights to present and archive the work on their website and in other media.

For any queries about eligibility requirements or the application process, please contact the residency administrators at thecaribbeandigital@gmail.com.