As of 2023, 221A’s Fellowship Program is an 18-month studio placement program. The program focuses on artists who are historically excluded from access to cultural space to create new works on the subject of Infrastructure.
The Fellowship program positions artists as unique in being able to make visible the effects of infrastructure, but also in providing alternative design fictions of what infrastructure could be. By appearing apolitical infrastructure is underestimated in the way in which it can hardwire (uneven) relationships to eachother and the environment. 221A takes its inspiration from Chinatown, a neighbourhood that blossomed despite defacto segregation and created a social imaginary for people who were historically excluded from dominant culture. Working from the conditions of renewed calls for Indigenous sovereignty and social justice, a housing affordability crisis, sweeping digital adaptation, and climate change, Fellows provide the conceptual charge and community discourse for 221A while sharing findings with peer organizations and policy makers towards social, cultural and ecological commons.
Call for Nominations in 2023
Fellows receive a comfortable stipend and a private work space for a period of 18 months culminating into a presentation of their work both in-person and online.
221A is preparing for an open call for nominations in Summer 2023, that with three Fellow placements beginning in Autumn 2023.
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