Residencies invite artists of all kinds to live and work within the three-story ‘living’ museum to create projects that activate collection, contexts, concepts, and community. Residents create site-specific, sensitive, responsive projects that explore Elsewhere’s environment, surplus inventories, cultural histories, social systems, neighborhood communities, and past artworks.
Residents have access to the enormous collection of textiles, toys, books, consumer technologies, clothes, brik-a-brac and general thrift for transformation, interpretation, and reproduction. They work in public studios including a wood shop, fabric workshop, techlab, storefront theater, vintage wardrobe, garden and communal kitchen. A curatorial team stewards the creative process and collection use, provides critical feedback, supports artist events and facilitates connections with Greensboro neighbors and Elsewhere’s national artist network.
Makers, thinkers and tinkerers with an interest in the intersection of participation, play, process, reuse, public practice, things and thing theory, social engagement, urban intervention, experimental living and organizing are an excellent fit for this program. Artists working across media (sound, video, installation, performance, conceptual art, painting, social engagement) are encouraged to apply. Elsewhere welcomes residents such as researchers, curators, scholars, activist, designers, writers, musicians, puppeteers, gardeners, homesteaders, system-thinkers and game-makers.
Residencies are 2-4 weeks, and Elsewhere hosts up to six artists for any given session. Residencies have a subsidized program + living fee. A small number of fellowships are available for special residency sessions. National, international, local, and North Carolina artists are encouraged to apply. Collectives and collaborative groups are also encouraged to apply.
Applications for 2016/17 seasons are due Saturday, February 13, 2016 11:59pm est.
Elsewhere’s environment is highly stimulating, conceptual, and social – a space of incredible material density and continuous public activity. The museum itself is composed of layers of artwork and objects. There are no white walls or blanks spaces, or separate studios, nothing is neutral. Everything is interpreted contextually and in situ, and explored in its creative and recontextualization in real space and time. Residents respond to present orders and histories to re-imagine and make visible the conceptual, material, and social influences of Elsewhere and arrange possible futures. Projects engage Elsewhere’s Living Museum as a platform for creative, performative, research-based, and curatorial experimentation.
Elsewhere’s inventory of objects forms an immense natural resource, archive, and finite set of incredible things, all available for transformation and use when used thoughtfully, conceptually, resourcefully, and with others in mind.
The museum is a public space and also a public home. Artists live on the second floor, which includes the artist-built boarding house as well as installation works. The kitchen is centrally featured within the museum, and exhibits Elsewhere’s highly organized cooperative social and living practices to public visitors.
Elsewhere is situated in downtown Greensboro, a rapidly revitalizing small southern city. With five universities and a tremendous historical and social legacy of textiles and civil rights, there is a lot of creative and critical work happening. Elsewhere is a creative anchor within the historic downtown, among shops, eateries, and activist churches, but also within food deserts, gentrifying neighborhoods, and empty buildings. We share our block with a co-working space, a makerspace, a piano restorer, a sneaker shop, a pizza church, and several antique stores. We partner with social and justice organizations, downtown neighborhood associations, public schools, non-profits, universities and city departments. As a post-industrial, southern city with progressive roots, Greensboro citizens are actively invested in fostering social, economic, and racial justice and equity. These concerns have always been part of the city’s fabric.
- Elsewhere supports site-specific projects. Proposals should evolve from a direct experience with the collection and local communities involved with Elsewhere and/or downtown Greensboro. Artists working on existing bodies of work are expected to apply their practice and ideas within Elsewhere’s context and materials. In rare cases, residents adapt pre-existing projects to Elsewhere’s unique context.
- Residents propose a project to Elsewhere’s curatorial team at the end of their first week for conceptual and material guidance, to coordinate event opportunities and occasionally to assist with production and outreach.
- All collection objects and artworks remain part of the living museum, available for continued transformation by future creatives. All digital projects are shared for feature and archive on Elsewhere’s website.
- Residents staying less than 4 weeks are encouraged to scale their projects in a meaningful way. Those seeking intensive material experiences with the collection, social engagement, or deep research should plan a 4 week stay.
- Best practices include working site-specifically and sustainably. We like people who like creative problem solving.
- We encourage artists to consider applying socially sensitive design and system thinking that further evolves and contributes to the functions, forms, and concepts of the living museum.
- We welcome projects that build new audiences with neighbors, partners, future artists, and visionaries.
- In very rare cases, Elsewhere supports multi-session residencies. Please inquire with your particular case.
2016 RESIDENCY SESSIONS:
JUNE | Special Residency | Miami Goes Elsewhere* | 6.8 – 7.6
JULY | Special Residency | Southern Constellations** | 7.13 – 8.10
AUGUST | 8.10 – 9.7
OCTOBER | 10.12 – 11.9
2017 RESIDENCY SESSIONS
FEBRUARY | 2.8 – 3.8
MARCH | 3.15 – 4.12
APRIL | 4.12 – 5.10
MAY | 5.10 – 6.7
ABOUT FELLOWSHIP RESIDENCIES
*Eligible artists must be based in Miami
**Eligible artists must be born or based in the Southern United States
Artists who meet eligibility for special fellowships (room/board/travel/$1000 honorarium) may indicate so on the application and will be required to answer an additional application question. Those applying during the open call for fellowships are encouraged to indicate their interest in other Residency Sessions, as fellowships are very competitive. Please review the current special residency pages for Miami Goes Elsewhere and Southern Constellations here to see if you are interested and eligible.
All residencies must begin at the start date indicated with each session. 4 week residencies encouraged. 2 and 3 week residencies are also available as long as they begin on the start date. Residents should select all the timeframes in which they are interested in participating.
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11:59pm est.
ROUND 1: All applications will be reviewed by a review committee of Elsewhere artists, community members, and curators.
ROUND 2: 30-minute interview over Skype with a review committee member.
NOTIFICATION: Mid-March 2016
A $500 program fee for each individual provides:
- Support of curatorial team.
- Access to workshops equipped for construction, textiles, screen printing, and book arts. See Elsewhere’s list of equipment here. Elsewhere also has membership at the Forge, an adjacent Maker-Space.
- A $50 material budget for incidentals necessary to artistic production.
- Online and on-site presentation of work. See examples of an artist pages here.
- Vast vintage material resources.
- A collaborative work environment to experiment and learn with fellow creatives.
- Participation in an international network of alumni artists. See past artists here.
- $250 residency deposit due upon acceptance.
$100 per/week for Room + Board covers :
- a cozy private bednook in shared boarding room. See residential spaces here.
- access to the fully equipped kitchen commons and locally sourced food co-op, offering community dinners 5 days/week and do-it-yourself provisions 24-hours /7 days a week.
- All participants in the food co-op, including residents, are asked to cook one night per week and clean collectively after shared meals. Find images and info on the kitchen commons here.