Local Project provides a multi-functional creative working environment of artists and cultural producers and in addition to a number of other opportunities in Long Island City, Queens, New York.

Local Project’s residency program is for local artists, as well as artists from all over the world, curators and cultural producers in all media. At LP we produce weekly events, workshops, informal networking events, as well as many open call opportunities that we encourage our residents to participate in. We have a welcoming community of other artists in the building.

Our space is perfect for: Public presentations, community engagements, artist talks, performance, studio visits, screenings and short term exhibitions. At LP we will help you develop your project and find resources to complete your ideas. You will also receive:

  • Website development support.
  • Documentation of your entire residency.
  • A 8×8 ft semi-private studio space.
  • Assistance through the LP internship program*
  • Free entrance to MoMA Museum.
  • Access to Material for the Arts, New York’s premiere reuse center.
  • Help finding local resources, entrance to neighborhood museums and meetings + meet-up with artist in the LIC, Queens area.
  • Exposure, LP has countless friends and opportunities.
  • Inclusion in the LIC Arts Open Catalog.
  • Inclusion in any open calls posted and/or produced by LP that can feature your work.
  • You will be part of our programming by developing public programs for the community during your residency at LP.
  • (*LP currently has a yearly internship program with the Information Technology High School, residents will be able to receive support through this program).
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by a panel of LP administrators. There are 3 and 6 month long residency options.
  • 3 month residence will conclude with a talk and presentation of a final project at our gallery space.
  • 6 month residency concludes with a 2 week exhibition and talk/presentation of a final project at our gallery space.
  • At the moment there is no financial support for a studio, however LP will work together with artist to seek financial support and individual donors to help artist during their residency stay. Monthly fee for the studio residency is goes form 500-1,500. To apply please send an email telling us about your artistic practice and we will set up a visit.


Ashley Thompson

” I walked past here during my lunch break, stopped in to say hello to Carolina. Then later on looked on the website for Local Project and saw the residency, so I just applied. I’m excited to start working on a cohesive body of work that’s in a series rather than working on individual paintings. I think that the two-week exhibition in the end is a great goal for me to work towards. “

Residency Period: December 2015 – May 2016

Testimonials from Artists

Maria Dimanshtein

” I had a great experience having a studio at Local Project. A sense of community is important to me and I definitely had experienced it here. I made friends and every day there was a chance to have a conversation with a studio neighbor. LP also provided a lot of support in form of tools, materials and valuable tips on how to improve my workspace as well as my workflow. I am so thankful and feel lucky to have had this studio as my first studio in New York. “

Residency Period: November 2015

Lizeth Victoria

” You guys were great !! Love the energy at the studio… Felt like a family and was truly inspired by the other artists and their passion for their artwork. Watching them create with this childlike liberation made me realize what I was missing. I opened my eyes last weekend and for the first time in a long time… I felt like me again… Having fun Painting … Creating… I only hope that I can truly take advantage of this last month there and continue what I started this weekend. Thank you for always welcoming me so warmly into local project ! “

Residency Period: November 2015

Painting is problem solving. Painting is realizing that behind each question lurks another question. Painting is fiercely stalking the mysteries that elude us. Painting is constantly feeling like your brain is about to explode. Painting is not forgetting. Painting is standing your ground. Painting is getting struck by lightning. Painting is falling in love. I am a storyteller. I tell stories about being a Chinese-American girl whose classmates nicknamed her Ting Ting and whose mom killed her pet rabbit and ate it for dinner (this is a true story). I tell about the number of ways I have been reminded that my mom is from China and cannot pronounce the letter L. I tell about the stupid questions grownups have asked me, like: did your grandma eat monkey brains in her native country? I tell about my mom’s traumatic upbringing during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the playdates with my aunt’s crack-head pedophile boyfriend, and my white father’s infatuation with the Far East, which led him to marry multiple tiny, crazy Asian ladies. I tell about the lonely, messy, vibrant upbringing of the displaced. Art gives meaning to experience. It provides a reason for darkness: a breakthrough is waiting on the other side of a breakdown. Making art is learning to fall laterally; it offers solutions, connectivity, and a place for what might otherwise tear us apart.