ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS  for Fall/Winter Residencies 




Popps Packing offers residencies for emerging and mid-career artists interested in an immersive experience in Hamtramck and Detroit.  Residencies are usually for 1-2 months and applications are reviewed every 4-6months. (We are still figuring out our timing and capacity so bare with us while we figure it out).  Applications will be considered after the deadline if there are vacancies, please email to check.

We currently have 3 programs: Popps Studio Residency, Guest House Residency, and the Momm and Popp Residency for parent artists.   

Popps Packing offers artists many different environments to work in. In addition to the communal studios, we offer the various structures and empty lots around the Popps compound as sites for exploration. The abundance of land, raw materials and structures around Popps give artists many opportunities to realize ambitious site specific projects that could not be accomplished in a traditional studio environment.  

With the help of neighbors, local artists and past residents, we have been reimagining the various underused spaces that surround us into an artistic hub, creating a platform for local and visiting artists to explore installations, architectural interventions, and research based projects while also stabilizing our neighborhood.  Artists who participate in our program are generally interested in the unique context of Detroit and the many layered narratives that exist here. 

Artists have access to the Popps workshop (includes table saw, compound miter saw, oxy/acetylene torch, drill press, bench grinder, belt/disc sander, various other power and hand tools),  our gardens, and the Popps Mobile Sauna.  We provide bikes for guests to use during their stay. (Public transportation is questionable in Detroit, so we recommend a rental car, or in the warmer months, a bicycle).

In addition to the housing, studios and facilities offered here at Popps, we also connect residents to our large network of local artists, resources, and organizational and institutional partners through informal gatherings, open studios, exhibitions and performances.

Popps requires that resident artists put in 10 hours per month to pitch in and help around the compound: general cleaning, building and grounds maintenance, building renovation projects, publications, p.r. and administrative assistance are some of the areas we always need help with. Please summarize your skills and experiences, which you think could best aid in helping and improving Popps Packing. We are occasionally able to subsidize part of the residency costs for special projects that add to or help support Popps’ infrastructure and design needs. An exhibition, artist talk, workshop, performance or other form of public engagement is strongly encouraged, but not required. Exhibitions are on a case by case basis and depend on

Popps Packing is an inclusive and space for all and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, in its programs and activities.