1. Describe where you are currently with your creative work
How much time are you able to work, where do you work, how do you feel about it, what are you working on? How has parenthood affected (or not) your working practice?
2. Describe as specifically as possible, anything about your current situation that makes your creative life difficult
Write initial thoughts below then edit to make a prioritized list
3. What do you need that you don't currently have?
Time? Space? Curiosity? Inspiration? Community? Solitude? New experiences? A mentor? Accountability? Sleep? Specific training or materials? Assistance? Childcare? Direction? Visibility? etc. Write initial thoughts in the box below then edit to make a prioritized list
6. Write a manifesto for yourself
Use your reflections from part one to write a document outlining your approach to your residency. Describe the way you would like to work and why. Describe the things you need and how you might access them. What will you change? What does, could or might parenthood bring to your work? Are there expectations you can let go of, or new approaches you could explore? You can write your own manifesto, or feel free to use the one on the website
7. Secure the resources you need
Fundraise if you need to. This could be applying for traditional art funding, or running an independent Kickstarter or Indigogo campaign. You might also take a creative approach; make an affordable edition and sell it to friends, family and colleagues, hold fundraising events, ask for donations, hold a garage sale, or sell shares in your career. Look at www.studiodirect.org for a great independent model of contemporary patronage
Write any ideas below
b) Alternatively look at how you might reconsider things you already have access to
Could you use space in your home differently, or use other public spaces to work in? How could you change your routine or eliminate tasks to create more time? Could you appoint a friend or colleague as an accountability tracker, or mentor? Could you trade with friends for childcare or materials, or collaborate with others to make those things more accessible? Could you change the way you work to make it more productive given your current situation? Ideas below
9. Create accountability for yourself
Decide on a system(s) you will use to track your own experience, for example: a written document, a personal journal, a public blog, a website, regular meetings with a mentor, etc.
10. Will you share the work you make?
How? When? Where? Write ideas below
11. Community & Peers
Will you undertake your residency alone, or with others? If you want one, how will you create a community and keep in touch with them. Who are they?