A community-focused arts incubator

The New Project Studio offers short-term space for artists, nonprofits, educators, and other creative professionals to test new program ideas, spotlight underrepresented voices, and enhance community engagement. Projects rotate on a regular basis and are considered based on the following guidelines:


  • Support new creative collaborations with neighboring organizations and partners
  • Strengthen the connection between our resident artists and the greater creative community
  • Provide opportunities for new audiences to engage with our building and artists
  • Inspire the next generation of artists, innovators, arts supporters, and diverse voices


  • The Torpedo Factory Art Center will provide a minimally-furnished studio space
  • The building is equipped with bathrooms and water fountains
  • The studio space is wheelchair accessible


  • Preference for applicants that are part of an organization or collective
  • Proposal goals must reflect and/or benefit the local community
  • Must be willing to provide workshops and commit to at least 25 public hours per week
  • One-month residency minimum
  • Must be willing to cover own expenses, including supplies, travel fees, and studio rent

Past resident projects include partnerships with AIA Norther Virginia, Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, ReelAbilities Northern Virginia, The Silent World, Materialized Magic, St. George Gallery, Merimart + The HRCHY CIA, Mobile Art Lab, and the IMPart program.


Residency Opportunity for Emerging Artists (deadline January 31, 2018)

“Olly Olly presents: Experimentation/Exploration” • March 2 – April 29|

Founded by artist Jessica Kallista, Olly Olly is a call for local artists to come out from their hiding places to make and show their art in a creative, alternative art space. In partnership with the Torpedo Factory, this unique two-month collaboration will support and mentor an emerging local artist who will use the New Project Studio at the Torpedo Factory to nurture and experiment the next level of their artistry. The selected artist will be required to fulfill 20-25public hours each week and offer 2 public workshops during their residency.


Artists must be 18 years or older and reside in Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia. Artists with less than five years of experience as a professional working artist as evidenced by their exhibition record, critical reviews, honors, and awards are encouraged to apply. Artist must also be willing to plan and teach two workshops.

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2018


  • January 31, 2018: Entries Due
  • February 12, 2018: Resident announced
  • February 28 – March 1, 2018: Residency Move-in Dates
  • March 2, 2018: First Day of Residency
  • April 30 – May 1, 2018: Residency Move-out Dates

 Honorarium covers studio rent during the two-month residency. 


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Thanks to our project partner


Questions about submitting a proposal?

Contact Daniel Guzman, Programs Coordinator, at Daniel.Guzman@alexandriava.gov for more information.