Fees & Expectations
Accepted artists are asked to contribute a minimum payment of $350 per month (the cost of a AW residency is $1200 per artist/per month). This fee helps offset expenses (including new COVID-19 protocols) and helps to fund a limited number of fellowships, honorariums and/or stipends.
What Is Included
Facility The AW facility is a 9000 sq ft three story Queen Anne Victorian building built in 1900, and houses eight studios for visual artists and writers. In addition to studios and sleeping quarters, the facility is equipped with seven bathrooms, two kitchens, dining facilities, a library, laundry facilities, a wood shop, recreation rooms and connects to a outdoor grassy lawn with a bar-b-que, lounge area, outdoor table and chairs and ping pong table.
Housing Private bedroom and Live/Work Spaces in a shared housing facility. Six private bedrooms with separate private studios and two live-work spaces are available. Bedrooms are completely furnished with linens, blankets, towels, dressers and wardrobes.
Studios The light filled studios are 400 to 500 square feet in size, with 12' ceilings, large windows, wood floors, LED track lighting, work surfaces, storage and access to the gravel courtyard and a slop sink in the basement.
Meals There are two kitchens on different floors for residents to keep food and do cooking. Kitchens are equipped with induction cooktops, microwaves, refridgerators, bottled water with iced and hot water, coffee makers, pots and pans and all dishes and utensils. Fellows are responsible for preparing their own meals.
Computer/Internet Access High Speed Wireless Internet
Utilities All utilities including bottled water and cable TV.
Laundry Full size washer and dryer on premises.
Janitorial and Grounds Maintenance See COVID-19 protocols for janitorial service in all common areas. All grounds maintenance is provided. Fellows are responsible for their own housekeeping in their private studios and bedrooms.
Accessibility Housing/grounds/studios are accessible. One private bedroom and one private studio in the Fellows' Residence are on the ground floor and accessible to those in wheelchairs. If you are a wheelchair rider, be sure to mention this in your application so that we may accommodate you as well as possible.
The application fee is waived for 2021 Sessions.
There is a non-refundable application fee of $35.Payment to be made by credit card via Paypal upon submission of application.
Each resident will be required to remit a $500 refundable security deposit.
Stipends and Other Support
A rotating selection of fully-funded fellowships are available for each application period. Also, in exchange for additional Resident responsibilities, AW distributes a generous amount of partial funding, honorariums and/or stipends for fellows each year, including additional support for travel and/or materials.
Artists are responsible for the cost of travel to and from AW.
We would hope that residents are interested and excited to engage with fellow residents in the AW community. There will be invaluable professional connections along with conversations and discussions. Resident groups are intentionally kept small enough (8-10 people) to gather around the dinner table to share delicious meals prepared by fellow residents several evenings a week. Once a month the founder will host the dinner at the Founder's House where additional invited artists and curators will join the Residents. These communal meals are an essential part of the Alternative Worksite residency experience. Serious topics are discussed (and light-hearted ones, too), experiences are shared, and encouragement is given. Many a collaboration and life-long friendship have begun at the AW dinner table.
As well, AW Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the local community. Weavers, Welders, Ceramic Artists and Sculptors are available for consultation and work sessions. Outreaches are facilitated by AW staff.
Resident artist participation in Open Studios at the end of each session is optional but encouraged.
Residents are responsible for taking care of their own residency space(s) and laundry, doing basic household chores (dishes, light cleaning and trash), and helping with stocking provided and requested supplies.
Some fellowships may receive additional honorariums and/or stipends in exchange for Residency responsibilities.