About home residency

home residency is a pilot artist residency program hosted by curator Jess Rolls in her home and with her neighborhood community in Harlem, New York City, and beyond.

home residency is a curatorial framework to bring artists into community giving them the time and the space to explore their own work and develop new project ideas.

home residency is an artist residency program, project space and home in Harlem, New York, with a flexible model to support artists and communities’ needs. It hosts a free program of public exhibitions and events, with many opportunities to share food and ideas. 

home residency works with New York-based and international artists with an interest in socially engaged art or collaborating with community. In 2019 – 2020 Robert Foster (UK), Jevijoe Vitug (Philippines), Basim Magdy (Egypt), and upcoming Bahar Sabzevari (Iran).

home residency aims to support artists, curators and communities to build up and mediate on new practices of community-embedded programming. It was founded by curator-artist Jess Rolls in 2019 to evaluate her experience of community-arts programming in arts institutions big and small, as well as her current work in public art, social services and public housing. How can we create flexible and useful models for artists and communities?

Thank you to Jackie Robinson Recreation Center (NYC Parks), Seeds of the League (The Art Students League of New York), Sisters Uptown Book Store and Cultural Center, The Laundromat Project, Uptown Grand Central and Wysing Arts Center for providing space, thinking time, partnership and support to our artists’ programs, experiments and ideas in home residency’s pilot year 2019.

FFI: jessrolls@pm.me @home_residency

Jess Rolls is a NYC-based curator and artist with a 10-year career in contemporary art, specializing in public art and socially engaged art. She currently works in Harlem and the Bronx with community-based organizations in public art, social services and public housing. In 2019 she founded home residency, an artist residency program working with artists and neighborhood partners. Jess is originally from the UK and held curator positions at Arnolfini, Bristol, and Futurecity, London and Cambridge


Curating: home residency, New York and internationally (2019 – present)

With Robert Foster, artist at Wysing Arts Center, Cambridge (UK); Jevijoe Vitug, artist at Flux Factory, Queens, NYC; Basim Magdy, Basel (Switzerland); and upcoming Bahar Sabzevari, Brooklyn, NYC.

Associate Curator, Fordham Bedford, Bronx, New York (2017 – present).

– With Concourse House, Home for Women and Their Children, Fordham Bedford Community Services and Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation.

Faculty Member of Seeds of The League (2018 – present)

– With The Art Students League of New York and NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.

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