Call For Proposals

The Hambidge Center Is Curating a Creative Hive at Colony Square

Note: This is not a residency. However, although we are unable to offer living quarters, the Creative Hive Project is open to any artist in the country, if they can commit to participating for the three-month period of the project.

Also note: We will soon offer an opportunity to submit temporary project proposals that does not require a three-month commitment, nor provides work space. We’ll be looking for proposals in the style of ‘pop-ups,’ performances, or temporary works, that will take place on the Colony Square property (indoors or out) during April and May.

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For three months this spring, The Hambidge Center will re-imagine Atlanta’s bustling city center into a creative enclave of working studios, installations and experimental projects. With a major renovation planned later in the year, Colony Square has partnered with the Hambidge Center to provide inspired artists and thinkers a unique opportunity to explore and share their work.
We aim to bring Hambidge's unique communal cross-pollination experience to seven collaborative teams providing them with their own studio/project space along with access to a living room lounge (Rock House midtown).
Open to collaborative teams, organizations, curators, individuals, and any combination thereof, each Project will be selected from a jurored open call for proposals where groups are encouraged to experiment, and also to interact with the public in various ways both inside and outside, such as offering a workshop, creating a pop-up art installation, or staging an interactive performance. Each project will be paid a $1,000 stipend and will be included in a variety of promotional outreach.

At the corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets, Colony Square is at the heart of Atlanta and just across from the High Museum and Woodruff Arts Center. Available spaces vary widely, from a 12,000 sq. ft. former work-out gym, to an 855 sq. ft. former barber shop, as well as former restaurants, yoga studios, etc. The spaces open up to the food court/atrium, which welcomes three thousand lunch-goers each day. It is our hope that the projects take advantage of the storefront window configuration, and plan for visually interesting views from the atrium vantage point. Our emphasis is on changeable, active, experimental works-in-progress, as opposed to a gallery-style installation of framed artwork. That said, engagement with the public is not required to be ongoing and studio spaces may be kept private as desired.

Hive artists may alter their space in any way they desire (with prior approval of Colony Square). During the month of March, artists may get settled in to their spaces. Public activation of the spaces begins in April and continues through May.

Artists will have 24/7 access to their spaces, and parking permits for the months of the project.

Hambidge is excited to offer an opportunity that embraces dynamic initiatives of all kinds. The sky’s the limit, so have fun and fearlessly explore the possibilities.

Several events have already been scheduled (see below), but the public activation of the Hive will be partly driven by the Hive Artists. We will work with the artists to schedule studio visits, pop-up shows, performances, etc.

Other Things Happening in the Hive

Rock House Midtown - A Living Room/Salon space for all Hambidge Fellows and Hive artists to visit, hang out, connect, share, etc.

Weave Shed Midtown Project Space - Rotating opportunities for artists to present new work, including film, performance, readings, installation, etc. These projects will be chosen through a separate application process.

Scheduled Events

April 1 - May 27 – Several artist workshops/demonstrations are offered in the Colony Square outside courtyard or indoor atrium. Free to the public.

April 1 - May 27
– Several Open-House Receptions, exact dates TBD

April 29 – Hambidge Art Auction + Performance Gala (expected attendance 1,500)  *required activation of the project spaces by all Hive Artists

June 3
– Closing event of Hive Projects with dance party and popping the balloon sculpture in the atrium  *required activation of the project spaces by all Hive Artists

Application Tips

A general idea of the kind of projects we are looking for is outlined above, however the following information may be helpful...

Collaboration is strongly encouraged, but not required.

Here and below is the floor plan and a link to images of Colony Square and the spaces available for the Hive Project. Applicants may visit the individual spaces in person Monday-Friday 9am-6pm ONLY. At least two hours before your visit, email and let them know when you will arrive. Visit the concierge desk, tell them who you are, and ask to see a particular space (see the floor plan to choose a suite number). The address is 1197 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30361.

***TOUR THE HIVE PROJECT SPACES at Colony Square. On TUESDAY, February 21, Noon, and WEDNESDAY, February 22, 2:30pm. Interested artists can meet Hive Project Manager, Jessica Helfrecht, at the concierge desk. She will tour each space and answer questions about Hive.***

The application requires that you outline the public interaction(s) your project will include. These interactions may take place in, or immediately outside, your project space, or you may propose an outdoor interaction instead. Images of possible interaction locations can be seen here.

Hambidge utilizes SlideRoom for applications. SlideRoom requires that you sign up and choose a password. You will be able to save incomplete applications and return to them later. We will only accept on-line applications.

The application fee of $15 covers only the administration costs of our Slideroom account. If the fee creates a barrier, the applicant may request a waiver by contacting The request must be made no later than FEBRUARY 23.

The application requires: your proposal, artist/collaborators/organization information, hi-res sketches/renderings of the proposal, and samples of previous work.

The application is due on February 24.

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Click the thumbnails below to either download the floor plan with available Hive project spaces at Colony Square, or to see a folder of images of the project spaces, plus possible interaction spaces - the atrium, lawns and courtyard.