Artist Residency Program

Number of Residents:

Up to four solo applicants will be chosen to share the space, or one collaborative group will be chosen. This is a shared residency and one group of artists will share the space for the entire residency.


Resident projects are self-directed, and residents are expected to immerse their energies into a new 6-week project or development of a current aspect of their practice.  Camaraderie and a willingness to engage in positive critique are expected. During week seven, Residents will host an exhibition of their residency projects. In coordination with gallery staff, residents plan gallery visiting hours and host a reception for the exhibition. Gallery 263 will arrange an orientation and training session for all residents as well as two formal critiques: one towards the middle of the Residency, and one during the final exhibition.

Residents will be responsible for removing all belongings and art following the exhibition, and for cleaning the gallery and restoring it to its pre-Residency state.

Studio Fee:

$275 per individual artist (x 4 artists), or $1100 for a collective of artists

Note: Residents are permitted to fundraise to cover the studio fee.


This is a work-only Residency opportunity. Artists who apply from out of state are expected to secure their own housing for the entire duration of the residency period.

Short-term sublets are often available across the Boston metro area during the summer months. Consult local resources such as for listings of available sublets.

There are also a number of hostels in the area:


  • Main space with hardwood floors, high tin ceilings and incredible natural light
  • First-floor corner location and community visibility through gallery-wide bay windows
  • Wireless internet, A/C, plentiful outlets
  • Small back space with a mini fridge, a microwave, and kitchenware
  • Approx. 30 folding chairs available for discussions, lectures, performances, etc.
  • Bathroom with toilet, large sink, hot water

Applicant Qualifications:

  • Be a practicing artist
  • Have a secure living situation for the duration of the Residency
  • Work well in a shared space situation
  • Have a digital portfolio of recent work (within the last 3 years) for submission to our online application process
  • Tell us your artwork development plan for this summer

Equipment & Installation

No permanent damage may be made to Gallery 263, and the space must be treated with respect.

Work cannot be attached to the floor or pierce the tin ceiling. Walls are able to support work weighing up to 50lbs. Heavy work must be anchored safely and appropriately. Only acrylic based paint may be used directly on the walls. Unfortunately we do not have a ventilation system for oil painting. No aerosols inside. No toxic chemicals. No heavy fabrication (eg: metals, fiberglass, etc.). Artists of all other media are welcome to apply (acrylic or water based paint, dry 2D media, sculpture, assemblage, digital, video, etc.). Artists take responsibility for their own safety, and safety of the Gallery 263 facility.

Proposed installations must be able to accommodate yoga classes on Monday & Wednesday nights. (We suggest not taking up more than 25% of the floor surface area. Projects should be safely stored for yoga.)

A/V equipment will likely need to be provided by the artist(s). We have one monitor, one set of headphones, a DVD player and a projector that may be available.  Video artists: please be aware that our space receives abundant natural light during the day.

We have ample hooks and nails, several small to medium sized pedestals, as well as a few wall-mounting shelves. Other display props will need to be provided by the artists.

Selected artists will be required to review and sign a contract detailing the rules and regulations of using our space.

Space Usage:

Artist Residents benefit from 24/7 access and use the gallery space as their studio.  In addition to the main gallery space, we also have a small back storage/kitchenette area, and one bathroom with toilet and sink.  We share our building with residents and must be respectful by keeping music volume low, and minimizing post-10pm noise.

Our yoga program continues to run during the residency (Monday and Wednesday evenings for ~2 hrs per session). Gallery 263 also reserves the right to host one musical event per week during the residency, not amounting to more than 5 hours.

Space usage guidelines are outlined in detail in the contract that selected artists will review and sign. Please feel free to contact us with further questions about the space: