ALEMBIC PARENT RESIDENCY 2022: Request for Proposals DUE FEB 7

Monday February 7, 2022 at 11:59pm

On or before March 7, 2022

Two weeks (90 studio hours) in July or August 2022.

PWNW || LAD invites parent artists from Oregon or Washington, working in original and contemporary time-based performance, whose work engages a strong movement, body or dance-based component, to apply for the our inaugural Alembic Parent Residency in the summer of 2022.
Image above: Monoprint by Rachel Kessler
Residency funded in part by the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation

Alembic = apparatus used in alchemy or distilling. The word “alembic” is also used metaphorically for anything that refines or transmutes, as if by distillation (as in “the alembic of creative thought”). 


What the Residency Will Offer:

  • One parent movement artist from Oregon or Washington will be awarded a two-week intensive residency of up to 90 hours of time in our Portland, Oregon studio in July or August of 2022, exact dates TBD in conversation with the artist.
  • A stipend for childcare (in your home city or in Portland as needed) or free summer camp placements for up to 2 children or youth up to the age of 17.
  • Travel, lodging and per diem for the parent artist and up to 2 children, if coming from out of Portland.
  • Opportunities to engage with the community if desired.
  • Support for connecting to local artists and family-friendly events.

Our Goals

PWNW wishes to address the barriers that prevent parent artists from the ability to engage in an intensive residency by offering a residency that provides childcare support as well as travel, lodging and per diem, as needed.

We also wish to state that PWNW seeks to engage a more diverse and inclusive participant body and strives to recognize individuality and create equal opportunities for all, regardless of race, class, gender, ability, ethnicity, sexuality or age. The demographic survey that is part of the application is a tool we hope will help us evaluate our progress towards this goal.


  • Your work is rooted in movement and/or the body, though it may involve other disciplines.
  • You are based in Oregon or Washington state.
  • You are a parent of at least one child under the age of 18
  • You and are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and agree to adhere to any studio protocols implemented in the studio.
  • You are not enrolled in an academic program during the course of the residency.
  • You are able to be in residence at Performance Works NW for two weeks during July or August 2022, Dates TBD.


1- Preview and prepare answers to the APPLICATION QUESTIONS (see below)

2- Use your answers to fill out our online application form by the deadline February 7, 2021. If you prefer to submit the answers in spoken form via video or audio, please contact us.

3- Fill out our online demographic form*, also by the same deadline February 7, 2021. This information, kept anonymous, is used to evaluate the reach and access of our programs and in reporting to our funders.

4. If you have any questions, email us here.

*Please note: This information will NOT be made available to the Alembic Parent Residency Panel as a part of your application. The Panel will be provided anonymous aggregated data of the full applicant pool.


1. Your name, pronouns, and contact info including email, mailing address, phone and websites/social media handles, if any.

2. Bio (200-350 words, or up to 3 minutes spoken)

3. Artist Statement: You and your process (350-500 words or 4 minutes spoken–Please also look at the Criteria for Selection). Think of the following questions as prompts—not as a list of things to tick off. We want to hear your passions/thoughts/aspirations.

  • How does your work align or intersect with PWNW’s mission to advance experimentation in contemporary performance? Why is PWNW the place for YOU at this time in your life?
    • You might include any interest in the questioning of artistic form or content, hybridity, open-endedness, exploration, how your process addresses the unknown.
  • What are your artistic desires and/or goals, especially for the residency period?

Other ways to think about this question:
(a) What moves you to make the work you make? You might address any motivations, intentions, or inspirations that are a critical part of your artistic process as a whole or for the proposed residency.
(b) Describe any concepts, materials, subjects, processes, structures, or questions central to your work.

4. Work Sample + Info

Prepare 1 or 2 samples from a previous or in-progress work, 5-7 minutes total. You can submit finished work(s), work-in-progress, or a video sketch of work in the studio.

Avoid short clips as in promo reels. Please make sure each cut or section is at least 2 minutes continuous, not jumping around from high point to high point.

We cannot guarantee that the panel will watch more than 2 minutes of each sample. So choose cue point(s) with that in mind. However, having a longer section available—in case the panel wants to view further–is a good idea!

YouTube or Vimeo links preferred–or possibly some other online platform. The work should as best as possible represent your current areas of investigation.
HINT– See how to link to a specific portion of your video:  on YouTube and on Vimeo


  • Title
  • Year of Premiere + Year of Performance, if different
  • Credits, including your role in the production
  • Viewing points if needed – For example: “Please watch minutes 8-11 of this sample. HINTSee how to link to a specific portion of your video: on YouTube or on Vimeo
  • Length of sample & length of complete piece, if an excerpt. Also where in the piece this was. For example: This excerpt begins 30 minutes into a 55 minute piece.
  • How does this video relate to or support anything you have written about in your Artist Statement?


  • The artist’s work aligns with PWNW’s mission to advance experimentation in contemporary performance and media arts
  • The artist demonstrates a keen investigative spirit and a self-aware intelligent questioning of her or his own process.
  • The artist is specific about areas of exploration, concepts, starting points etc.—even if the form of a final product is not envisioned at this time.
  • The time spent at PWNW has potential for significant impact on the growth and process of the artist.

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