Workspace Application: How To Apply

Thank you for your interest in chashama's Workspace Program. We recommend reading the following page all the way through before beginning the application process.


chashama has worked with artists at many different stages in their careers from all over the world. Everyone who meets the following basic eligibility requirements is encouraged to apply:
  •         - Applicant must be 18 years or older.
  •         - Applicant must be a resident of the United States, or have a valid visa that does not expire within two years after the application is submitted. 
  •         - Applicant must have professional proficiency in written and spoken English.
  •         - Applicant must be able to demonstrate need for a studio.
  •         - Applicant may not be a resident in another studio program at the same time as their chashama residency, unless agreed to by chashama.
  •         - Artists may apply collectively as a group to work on a specific project or series. One artist should submit an application on behalf of the group.
  •         - Organizations are not eligible to apply.

Application Materials

Workspace applications must include:

        - Four images of recent work that you feel best represents your current work. JPG, PNG, and TIFF files of a maximum 1200px in any direction
           are accepted. Each image must be titled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name, and image number. Example: Smith_John01.jpg
        - Artist statement (1500 characters or less).
        - Description of work process, including how and with what equipment and materials you work (1500 characters or less).
        - Artist CV including your name, address, email, and phone number, along with exhibition and educational background (1-2 pages).

For film and video artists:

Image work samples may be still images from films and/or production stills (your animation table, set building, etc). A video may be submitted via a third-party website (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.) and submitted in a link format in the application in the appropriate area. We recommend you submit a video of at least one video work sample with cue points and a separate printed script that corresponds to the submitted video.

In addition to the application materials above, applicants must provide studio size preference, location preference, specific studio needs, and income level in the designated areas on the application.

Specific Requirements and Restrictions

There is no set residency period for chashama’s workspace program. chashama holds a month to month lease with all property owners, which means chashama may be asked to leave the space with a month's notice. Nevertheless, chashama has held studios in some locations for over ten years. Due to the temporary nature of chashama's workspace, all studio agreements between the artist and chashama are month to month. Artists who are in good standing with chashama have the option to renew their studio agreement every year and artists may withdraw from the program at any time upon giving one month’s notice.

        - There is a $5 processing fee which may be paid electronically upon submission of the application.
        - Participating artists will be required to pay a fully refundable $300 deposit on the space.
        - If you are applying for project workspace for a specific length of time, please include this timeframe in your studio needs description.
        - Welding, work that requires use of fire or heat guns, or work that creates airborne particulate matter is not allowed. If your work samples are
            of this type of work, please describe how your future projects may differ. For a full list of materials prohibited from chashama Workspace, please
           refer to this pdf.
        - Application materials will not be returned. Incomplete, faxed or emailed applications will not be reviewed. chashama is not responsible for lost or misdirected applications.


Workspace applications are reviewed in order of submission as space becomes available. Given the high volume of applications we receive and the low turnover rate, the waiting period for Workspace can range from one to three years.

Applicants should receive a confirmation email upon submitting the application indicating we have received the application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact the chashama office. After the initial confirmation email, chashama will not contact the applicant until there is an appropriate space available. (No news does not mean your application has been lost.) If an application is rejected, the applicant will be notified. Viable applications will remain on file for at least two years in the event that an appropriate space becomes available in the future. Please keep this timeline in mind when applying.

Application Instructions

To apply online, you must create an account on the chashama website. If you do not already have one, you can sign up for one here.  Once you've confirmed your account via email, you may begin a new Workspace application by clicking "I UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THESE TERMS" below. The application may be saved and edited until it is submitted. After submission, absolutely no editing or deletion of the application may occur.

Please ensure all fields are properly filled out before submitting and processing your $5 application fee. The application will not be submitted until the payment has been processed. Before submitting your application, you must agree to the terms of the application. There is a checkbox that must be checked on the application page in order to proceed. If you have problems submitting your application, please be sure this box is checked.

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