Pioneer Winter, A Love To Last 13 Hours, 2016, 13 hour performance with recordings.
Residencies invite artists working across media, fields, disciplines, and administrations to create projects that activate Elsewhere’s ‘living’ museum. Residents live and work within the museum for 2-4 weeks creating site-specific, responsive work that explores the museum environment, surplus inventories, cultural histories, social systems, neighborhood communities, and past artworks.
Residents have access to the enormous collection of past projects, textiles, toys, books, consumer technologies, clothes, brik-a-brac, and general thrift for transformation. 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 and organizers 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 (researchers, curators, scholars, activists, designers, writers, musicians, puppeteers, gardeners, homesteaders, system-thinkers, game-makers) are encouraged to apply.
Residencies host six artists for any given session. Residencies have a program + living fee. A small number of fellowships are available for curated residency sessions. At times, Elsewhere utilizes a nomination process and recommendations from leaders in our field in an effort to broaden and strengthen our application pool. Collectives and collaborative groups are welcome to apply.
Artists new to our organization are encouraged to review all tabs on this page and peruse our website to acquire deep knowledge about Elsewhere and what we offer.
Applications for 2017/18 seasons are due Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:59pm EST.
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. Everything is interpreted contextually and in situ, explored in creative real space and time. Residents respond to present orders to arrange possible futures and make visible the conceptual, material, and social influences of Elsewhere. Projects engage Elsewhere’s Museum as a platform for creative, performative, research-based, and curatorial experimentation. The inventory of objects form a natural resource, archive, and finite set of incredible things, available for transformation when used thoughtfully.
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, living practices to public visitors. Public studios include a wood shop, fabric workshop, techlab, storefront theater, vintage wardrobe, garden, and communal kitchen. Elsewhere also provides artists with access to neighboring makerspaces.
Elsewhere is situated in downtown Greensboro, a rapidly changing 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. Elsewhere shares its space with the Queer People of Color Collective (QPOCC) 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. 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. Artists working on existing bodies of work are expected to apply their practice and ideas within Elsewhere’s context and materials.
- 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 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 encourage artists to consider applying socially sensitive design and system thinking that further evolves and contributes to the functions, forms, and concepts of the museum.
- We welcome projects that build new audiences with neighbors, partners, future artists, and visionaries.
Juana Valdes, Those The Sun Has Loved, 2016, photo-based oral history documentary on collection textiles.
All residencies must begin at the start date indicated with each session. 4 week residencies encouraged. 2 and 3 week residencies are also available. Applicants local to the triad/triangle, who would live offsite and commute, should indicate so on the application.
2017 RESIDENCY SESSIONS:
JULY | Fellowship Residency; Southern Constellations | 7.11-8.8
AUGUST | Fellowship Residency; Baltimore Goes Elsewhere | 8.8 – 9.5
NOVEMBER | 11.7 – 12.5
2018 RESIDENCY SESSIONS:
JANUARY | 1.9 -2.6
FEBRUARY | 2.6 – 3.6
MARCH | 3.13 – 4.10
MAY | 5.8 – 6.5
JUNE | 6.12 – 7.10
Antoine Williams, They Believe In Unicorns, Southern Constellations 2016, surplus WW II military tents, wood, thread.
Fellowships are primarily based on nominations from a field of arts professionals. Elsewhere solicits nominations from a group of over 30 artists, curators, collectors, and university educators in an effort to build an expanded regional network of experimental practitioners, and foster an exciting cohort of exceptional artists.
To be eligible to apply for a Southern Constellation Fellowship artists must be raised or based in the Southern United States and able to attend a month long residency 7.11-8.8.2017. More info on the Southern Constellations here.
To be eligible to apply for a Baltimore Goes Elsewhere Fellowship artists must be actively invested and based in Baltimore and able to attend a month long residency 8.8 – 9.5.2017. More info on Exchange Residencies here.
Artists who meet eligibility for these Fellowships (room/board/travel/$1000 honorarium) should indicate so on the residency application and are required to answer an additional application question. Those applying are encouraged to indicate their interest in other residency sessions, as fellowships are very competitive (12 spaces with approx. 100 applicants). This will not hurt your ability to receive a fellowship. Artists new to our organization are encouraged to review all tabs on this page and peruse our website to acquire deep knowledge about Elsewhere and what we offer.
*Applicants local to the triad/triangle, who would live offsite and commute to the residency will pay just the $500 program fee.
A $500 program fee for each individual provides:
- Support from Elsewhere’s curatorial team.
- Access to museum workshops equipped for construction, textiles, screen printing, and book arts, and membership to neighboring maker-spaces The Forge and C.V.A. See Elsewhere’s list of equipment here.
- A $50 material budget for incidentals necessary to artistic production.
- Online and on-site presentation of work. See examples of artist pages here.
- Press and social media blasts. See examples here.
- Vast vintage material resources.
- A collaborative work environment to experiment and learn with fellow creatives.
- Participation in E.T.C (Elsewheres Tenured Collaborators), our international network of alumni artists. See past artists here.
- Elsewhere Membership. See benefits here.
$100 per/week for Room + Board for each individual 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 4 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. See kitchen info here.
Maria Molteni, Revolving Spectrum, 2016, homemade haint blue paint, various blue objects.
Apply Here: Residency Application
Applications are due Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:59pm EST and must be submitted online. Online applications require written responses and a portfolio (which can be a link to your website or a PDF). You will find PDF Portfolio guidelines in the application.
APPLICATION DUE: Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.
REVIEW: All applicants are reviewed through a robust, multistage process that involves past Elsewhere artists, state and local arts professionals, community members and Elsewhere board members. Applications are reviewed by individuals to ensure applicants gets adequate time, space and accurate representation of their work with a final group review of top candidates to curate the six per session. The application committee will look favorably on residents that demonstrate a commitment of applied skills, design intention, site-specific interest, and community participation.
NOTIFICATION: Early May, 2017. If you have not heard from us by May 15th please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEPOSIT DUE: If accepted, you will be asked to put down a non-refundable deposit of $250 (Fellows are required to sign a contract). This deposit/contract acts as confirmation of your acceptance, secures your spot and will go towards your residency fee with the remainder due upon arriving.
***DEFERRAL POLICY: Due to the competitive nature of our residency program we strongly discourage deferrals. However, we understand that art is a precarious business. If you defer your residency, we will make efforts to place you within a year of your initial residency date. At that time you will be expected to pay a second non-refundable deposit that will go towards your total fee. A third change in dates (a second deferral) is not possible and your total ($500) will not be refunded.