OVERVIEWFear No Joy, Zeelie Brown (Brooklyn, NY / Pollard, AL) Southern Constellations Fellow. July 2017. Performance documentation. Cello, bleach on denim, ribbons, roses. Photo Credit: Sophia Schultz

Elsewhere is now accepting applications for 2019 Residencies from creatives at all stages working across media, fields, and disciplines.

Annually, 35 residents (over 5 sessions, 2-4 weeks long, 7 residents each) are selected to collectively live and work within Elsewhere to create projects that activate the Living Museum. Work produced is site-specific and responsive, exploring Elsewheres environment, material inventories, cultural histories, social systems, neighborhood communities, and past projects. All objects and artworks remain part of the museum, available for continued transformation by future creatives.

Residents have access to the enormous collection of textiles, toys, books, consumer technologies, clothes, brik-a-brac, and general thrift for transformation. A curatorial team stewards the creative process and collection use, provide critical feedback, support public events, and facilitates connections with Greensboro neighbors and Elsewhere’s international network.

Makers, thinkers and doers of all kinds with an interest in participation, performance, reuse, public practice, social engagement, intersectional critique, urban intervention, and experimental living are an excellent fit for this program. Artists working across media (sound, video, installation, performance, conceptual art, painting, social engagement) and fields (organizers, researchers, curators, scholars, activists, designers, writers, homesteaders, system-thinkers, game-makers) are encouraged to apply. Collectives and collaborative groups, as well as residents who would like to live off-site, are also welcome!

Residents receive room & board, material, tool, and equipment access, as well as, public engagement and programming opportunities, documentation, promotion, online and in-museum representation of work. The Residency program is partially subsidized at a nominal cost. Ten curatorial based Fellowships are available (please see ‘fellowships’ tab for eligibility). 

Elsewhere is an unparalleled site for creative inquiry, join us in using the collection of a former thrift store to inspire new futures from old things! 

For more opportunities please visit: goelsewhere.org/apply

***Elsewhere does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, expression or parents/guardians with children. Elsewhere shares a radically expansive understanding of creative practice and identity. To decolonize systemic cultures of intersectional, institutional oppression, we encourage queer creatives of color to apply. We strive for a diverse representation of voices, life experiences, views, and interests to reflect the collaborative community we have and wish to serve.



Elsewhere’s environment is highly stimulating, conceptual, and social – a space of incredible material density and continuous public activity. Composed of layers of artwork and objects, there are no white walls, blank spaces, or separate studios. Residents respond to present orders to arrange and make visible possible futures. The century-old inventory of objects form a natural resource, archive, and finite set of incredible things, available for thoughtful transformation.

The Museum is a public space and home. Residents live on the 2nd floor, which includes the artist-built boarding house and other installation works. The kitchen is centrally featured in the museum’s most public 1st floor, and exhibits Elsewhere’s organized, cooperative, living practices to visitors. Studios include a wood and textile workshop, tech lab, storefront theater, vintage wardrobe, garden, and public kitchen inside the 150-year-old building. Additionally Elsewhere has access to 3D printing, laser cutting, CnC routers, welding and ceramic tools through membership with a neighboring makerspace.

Elsewhere is situated in Greensboro, NC, a mid-sized rapidly changing southern city with progressive roots. With 5 universities and a tremendous historical and social legacy of textiles and civil rights, there is creative, critical work happening here. Elsewhere is an anchor within the south end of the downtown, among other non-profits, shops, eateries, an activist church and entrepreneurial gathering spaces.

We partner with social and justice organizations, neighborhood associations, public schools, non-profits, universities, and city departments. Elsewhere shares space with the local chapter of #BlackLivesMatter (Gate City) and is a site for community building, social organizing, and direct action. As a post-industrial, southern city with progressive roots, Greensboro citizens are actively invested in fostering social, economic, and racial equity through burgeoning arts-led economic development. These concerns have always been part of the city’s fabric.

For more on Elsewhere’s history, please visit our Story page.





All residencies must begin at the start date indicated with each session. 4-week residencies encouraged; 2 & 3-week research-based residencies also available:


FEBRUARY | 2.7 – 3.5

APRIL | 4.11 – 5.7

JUNE | 6.13 – 7.9

AUGUST | 8.15 – 9.10

OCTOBER | 10.10 – 12.5



The Residency program is partially subsidized but does have a nominal cost.  Ten Fellowships are available (please see ‘fellowships’ tab for eligibility). Collectives and collaborative groups are welcome but must be prepared to pay total costs/individual. A non-refundable deposit of $250 is due upon acceptance, with the remaining balance due at arrival. All onsite residents must pay board: 

$500 flat Program Fee provides:

  • Elsewheres curatorial team who stewards the creative process and collection use provides critical feedback, supports public events, and facilitates connections with Greensboro neighbors and international network.
  • Access to museum tools, equipment, and workshops (carpentry, textiles, printing, paper, food, digital media). See Elsewhere’s list of equipment here.
  • Access to 3D printers, laser cutters, CnC routers, ceramics and welding facilities through Elsewheres membership with The Forge, a neighboring makerspace.
  • A budget of $50 for material incidentals necessary for artistic production.
  • Public engagement and programming opportunities.
  • Documentation, promotion, press and social media blasts. See examples here.
  • Presentation of work archived online and on-site. See examples of artist projects here.
  • Vast vintage material resources dating back to the early 20th century. Read more here.
  • A collaborative work environment to experiment and learn with fellow creatives.
  • Participation in E.T.C. (Elsewhere Tenured Collaborators), our international network of alumni artists. See past artists here.
  • Elsewhere Membership. See benefits here.

+ $70/week for Room provides 

  • A cozy private bednook in a shared boarding dormitory. Elsewhere has HVAC, safety egress and evacuation systems in place (fire alarms, exits, sprinklers, monitoring). See residential spaces here.

+$70/week for Board provides :

  • Access to the fully equipped Kitchen Commons. See kitchen info here.
  • Locally sourced vegetarian ingredients purchased and shopped for weekly through Elsewheres Food Co-op.
  • Organized community lunches 5 days/week and do-it-yourself provisions 24 hours/7 days a week.

***All participants cook 1 day per week, clean collectively after shared meals, join a weekly 30-min house meeting followed by a collective hr-long clean of common areas.

***Non-Service pets are not allowed.

***We cannot accept significant others and/or collaborators, etc. who were not included in the original application.

Resident RoomCreature ComfortsAngela Zammerilli (Easthampton, MA), Mary Rothlisberger (Palouse, WA), Jay Gamble (Greensboro, NC)
2012. Installation view. Museum collection textiles, assorted wood, found beds.

2011May24NH-Elsewhere0009Kitchen Commons, J. Morgan Puett (Beach Lake, PA)
2011. Installation view. Museum collection kitchen supplies, equipment, dishware.

FELLOWSHIPS Nameless, Hamida Khatri (Baltimore, MD) Baltimore Goes Elsewhere Fellow. August 2017. Process documentation. Marionette with found wood, piano keys, ribbon, wool. Photo Credit: Sophia Schultz

In 2019 Elsewhere is offering 10 Fellowships which fully sponsor the month-long residency (including room and board), provide a travel stipend, and $1000 honorarium. Fellows must be able to attend a whole session and commit fully to Elsewheres immersive residency experience.

Applicants eligible for these Fellowships are required to indicate so on the residency application and answer an additional question. Fellowships are strengthened through nominations from professional artists, curators, collectors, and university educators, but anyone eligible can apply.

Candidates are encouraged to express if they are interested in the residency without Fellowship, as they are very competitive (Ten offered, approx. 100 applications received).  This will not hurt your ability to receive a Fellowship. 2019’s Fellowship programs are:

Southern Constellations (SoCo) Fellowships  | Provided to five applicants currently based or raised in the Southern United States (you must meet these criteria to be eligible to apply). SoCo strengthens the network of experimental art production in the South through dialogue with practitioners and organizers who have a relationship to its unique culture.

Exchange Fellowships  | Support connectivity between Elsewhere and an annually selected Metropol. The program explores emerging ecologies of contemporary art production in key cities. This upcoming year Exchange Fellowships are provided to Philadelphia creatives. To be eligible to apply for an Exchange Residency Fellowship, individuals must be based and actively invested in Philadelphia.

APPLYThe Still Lifes of Elsewhere, Dana Robinson (Gainesville, FL) April 2017. Handmade paper, transparency film, thread. Photo Credit: Gui Villalba Portel

Elsewhere opens applications once a year in the Spring. Please review all tabs on this webpage to ensure our program is the best fit for your needs. 


2019 DEADLINE: July 27th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST. 2020 applications will open Spring 2019.

SELECTIONS: Elsewhere staff review applications to ensure completion and eligibility. Submissions are then reviewed by a robust and dynamic group of arts professionals, neighbors and past residents. We take great care in this process to ensure committed, talented, diverse and engaged residents are chosen, and that all applications get adequate attention.

NOTIFICATION: All applicants will be informed of their status by November 2018. If you have not heard from us by this date, please contact residency@goelsewhere.org. 

PAYMENT: Finalists put down a non-refundable deposit of $250 (paid online) and sign a contract within a month of notification. This deposit and contract act as confirmation and are required to secure your spot. The deposit will go towards your residency fee with the remainder due the first day of arrival via cash, card or check.


Applications must be submitted online. In lieu of a fee, our free application requires a GMail account. Please sign into a pre-existing account or make one before applying. Applications require a portfolio, either a website URL or PDF. Please see instructions for PDF portfolio below.



UPLOAD: through the online application

SIZE: 10 MB maximum

TITLE: ‘Full Name in application | Elsewhere Residency 2019’

WORK SAMPLES: Include a CV/Resume as the first page, followed by one of these submission types:

IMAGES: 5 still images per PDF. Each JPEG (max. 1200 pixels on long edge) should include a caption of 400 characters or less.

TIME-BASED:  5 minutes per PDF. Each URL to specific work (Vimeo, YouTube, Soundcloud, etc.) should include a caption of 400 characters or less, providing context and time parameters.

TEXT: 1 page per PDF. Each text piece should include a contextual summary of 400 characters or less.

COMBINATION: Applicants with a mix of images, time-based media, and/or text, should use best judgment (ie. 2 images, 2.5 minutes of video). Each work should include a caption of 400 characters or less.