Inscape Arts 2023 Residency – Accepting Applications

The Inscape Artist-in-Residence program provides artists with a dynamic cultural and historic location to engage with community, research, and develop new work and ideas at the Inscape Arts Building – an art studio building in the  former immigration and detention center in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District.

Presented by the Friends of Inscape, the residency features a free work-only space for one artist or artist-team for 10 weeks.  Depending on the goals of selected artists, they have the opportunity to hold workshops, talks, exhibitions, and receive studio visits from curators or artist mentors.

Four artists per year are selected.  This selection cycle for residencies begins in January 2023. The selection committee includes representatives from the Inscape Community and a representative from the Wing Luke Asian Art Museum, as well as regional arts organizations that intersect with ethnic and immigrant communities. The committee seeks thoughtful and compelling applications of high quality work  and values applications that convey engagement with the historic immigrantion building and the surrounding diverse neighborhood.

DEADLINE: Friday, September 16th, 2022


The residency is open to all artists by application. We are currently accepting applications for the 2023 residency period, running from January 2023-December 2023. In honor of the history of the building, minorities, immigrants, and underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Residency dates will be:
January 11- March 22,  2023
April 17 – July 26, 2023
September 7- November 16, 2023


The Studio Spaces:

  • Siquina Space (Space 1): Approx. 17 x 22 feet, white drywall walls, concrete floor, no windows) on the first floor of Inscape.  Great space for artists working with low light, sound, and technology. Also doubles as a gallery featuring track lighting.
  • Space 2:  Approx. 400sf, window with northern light. This is  a good space for artists that require natural light and/or are working with more traditional media due to better ventilation.
  • Both spaces are for  studio-only residencies – not live/work.

Exhibition & Community Engagement:  Depending on health guidelines artists will be given opportunities to engage with the community (in-person or online), exhibit artwork, and/or participate in Open House events.

Selection Process

Residencies will be awarded to artists who submit thoughtful, compelling and relevant applications that consist of high quality work.  Inscape is a large community of diverse artists in a former Immigration and Naturalization Service building (on the National Register of Historic Places) in the Chinatown International District.  We value applications that display engagement with the Inscape artist community, the historic INS building and/or the CID community.

Residency Requirements

Artists are expected to work onsite for a minimum of 10 hours a week for the duration of the residency period.

Artists are responsible for their own materials.

Artists may choose to have an engagement with the public and Inscape community. (Example: this could be an exhibition, performance, artist talk, and/or workshop.) Artists must be over the age of 18 and not currently enrolled in a degree program.