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The BBAX mission is dedicated to cultivating cultural relations through the arts, through facilitating a variety of international art exchanges, artists residencies, educational programs, and workshops that engage local communities and contemporary artists around the world. We strive to create public dialogue and understanding through contemporary art making. Founded in 2005, Building Bridges has fostered and supported the work of many international and local contemporary artists and has built bridges between artist communities around the world.


BBAX’s residency programs help to build and strengthen the creative community by working with local, national and international artists and curators. We host residencies in Los Angeles and internationally through our partner museums, institutions, and foundations. 


Our local residency program is now accepting applications from working, professional artists who demonstrate a commitment to their practice. The program is open to artists of all generations, nationalities, and disciplines.


Artists will be provided with a studio at our Los Angeles, CA location and an exhibition space in our neighboring gallery to display completed work at the end of the residency period. They will be invited to give talks and workshops to the community. Building Bridges will arrange private visits with local art critics and artists will have the chance to work especially close with Los Angeles Art Critic Shana Nys Dambrot, a member of our Board of Advisors.


During the residency, artists are expected to create the  work on site, connect with other artists, galleries, and curators and explore the city of Los Angeles. The program provides constant dialogue and support from the BBAX team and offers an amazing opportunity for exposure through our gallery space and the connections we have in place.

A select number of accepted applicants with be offered support on behalf of BBAX partners. Our partners include private foundations that support the arts, as well as government entities such as foreign consulates, national and state organizations.


Our selection committee consists of international artists and curators who review applications monthly. Responses will be provided usually within 3 weeks. Many applications are received; not all applicants will be accepted.


 Applicants are required to submit:

    •    Curriculum vitae

    •    Work samples 

    •    Funding ideas

    •    Working statement (including the details of the project you plan to work on) 


We look forward to hearing from you!


To apply, submit the above materials to

Visiting artists are self-funded, often through direct grants offered by government or non-profit funders whom the artist has approached on his/her own terms. If funding is not acquired through sponsors, artists may also pay the basic costs of the residency themselves.


Once accepted, a deposit in the amount of half of one month’s fee will be required to secure the residency. This will be refunded within 30 days after the residency completion date, if all residency terms and conditions have been met.

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