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Collage Games Artist Residency

A week-long, in-person residency in which artists will explore how to adapt their collage practice to game design or incorporate games and play as a theme in their artwork.

Virtual Sessions: Monday, 26 August 2024, 4-6PM EDT and Monday, 9 September 2024, 4-6PM EDT

In-Person: 10AM on Monday, 16 September to 4PM on Friday, 20 September 2024

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, August 18 2024 

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until space is filled. Artists are encouraged to apply well before the deadline.

Games are an incredible tool for storytelling, worldbuilding, and social engagement. In this residency, we will explore the history of collage and games, gaming and play as a theme for artwork, and brainstorm and workshop our ideas together. We will have dedicated time for playtesting them with each other as well as with gamers who are not artists in order to get feedback from varied sources. We will talk about collage as art assets and illustrations for games, games that use collage as a mechanic, and game diffusion models. 

We are looking for artists who either want to create their own game that relies heavily on collage, create collage that is meant to illustrate a game, or create artwork that uses games and play as a central theme. Artists will leave the residency with a plan for finishing and distributing their games or artwork. At Kolaj Fest New Orleans 2025 residency artists will be invited to debut their games.


Collage Games Artist Residency is an in-person residency in New Orleans, Louisiana USA centered on collage artists who want to develop their artist practice around games. Residencies are intended for self-motivated artists, regardless of the stage in their career, who want to develop their practice by exploring a topic or working method and collaborating with others to produce a final product and who want to develop a practice of working within the context of street art to create and present art that embeds itself in non-traditional spaces.

Residencies are open to any artist over the age of 21 from anywhere in the world. We look for artists who have a developed sense of practice (even if it is an emerging one) and those who have a strong connection to a community.


The cost of the residency is $750 USD.  A limited number of grants are available in order to offset the fee and reduce barriers to participation to those with a demonstrated financial need. We cannot offer financial aid to cover travel, lodging or food costs. 

All travel to and from New Orleans, as well as food and lodging, are the sole responsibility of the artist.


Collage Games Artist Residency will have two Virtual Sessions (Monday, 26 August, 4-6PM EDT & Monday, 9 September, 4-6PM EDT). 

Beginning on Monday, August 26th, and continuing until the in-person sessions commence, there will be a WhatsApp chat where artists can exchange links, engage with discussion topics, and plan their projects for the upcoming in-person meetings.

In-person activities take place at Kolaj Institute, 2374 Saint Claude Avenue, Suite 230, starting at 10AM, Monday, 16 September to 4PM, Friday, 20 September. 

Participating artists will have 24-hour access to the space during the residency. 

Kolaj Institute stocks general collage-making materials such as cutting mats, scissors, a variety of glues, substrates, and books and magazines. If an artist wishes to use specific materials they may be shipped in advance to the Kolaj Institute Studio & Gallery.


If you have questions, send an email.


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