General information

Brief description of organisation

Mothership NYC is a combined live-work space and presentation arena for international artists across multiple disciplines in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, NYC. Our mission is to support and promote artists at all career levels through residencies, public shows and collaborative opportunities; build sustainable transnational artist networks; and help retain creative forces in New York City.

Our History:
Born out of the needs of emerging artists who come to New York City to take part in the cultural nexus, Mothership NYC was founded in 2005. With a huge roof deck serving as an outdoor stage, our community of artist peers gradually and organically evolved into a destination for art events and performances of all kinds, as well as lively dinner parties and improvised salons uniting creatives from many disciplines. The addition of an extra live-work space in late 2016 provided an impetus to professionalize our residency program. Our international artists-in-residence are now selected based on merits as well as on their commitment to collectivism. We aim to host between 6 to 12 official artists-in-residence per year for periods from 1 to 3 months, as well as several short-term visiting creatives.

Today, our salons occur on a regular monthly schedule: On the 2nd Tuesday of every month, Mothership artists share the floor with local peers for presentations of their work, creative exchanges and good cheer. Additionally, our residents produce indoor and outdoor public events at a prolific pace, both onboard the Mothership and on our sister platform Last Frontier NYC.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Our converted industrial loft has three cabins for permanent crew members (all 30+ years-old female creatives) and two spaces for shorter-term visitors.

As of December 2016, one of the short-term options is a private live-work space for rotating Artists-in-Residence: a spacious, light-filled and high-ceilinged room divided into two separate sections.The living area has a loft bed, clothing rack, dresser, and a small sitting area. The studio has a desk, a large table, and empty walls to work on. There is an easel, too, as well as a great bike you get to use (please see images in second slide show below).

Residency Programming:
· Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, we invite fellow artists and other creatives/cultural workers for a salon-style gathering where you can present your work to a very receptive audience of local artist peers and other arts professionals and appreciators
· We host monthly artists´ dinners for our international and NYC-based creative colleagues
· During the warm months, we use the roof deck as a stage for creative productions across several disciplines
· You can organize open studio events during your stay (we’ll help you!)
· Various collaborative productions can potentially also be hosted at our satellite platform, Last Frontier NYC.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Other

Affiliated with non-profit organization NOoSPHERE Arts

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 week
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Grants available

A community of hardworking artists, Mothership NYC has no outside funding, so everybody on board must cover their own rent. However, knowing full well the brutal reality of the New York real estate market, we wish to make a sojourn with us feasible also for colleagues of limited means. Therefore, with the generous help of anonymous donors, we have created the annual NOoSPHERE Arts Residency Award: Once a year, we offer a month-long residency free of charge to one talented international artist. Selected by a committee of peers, the award winner will spend their time on board with us developing a creative project for presentation to the NYC audience on one of our Brooklyn stages. Annual deadline: February 4, with notification to winner on March 16. (

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
Application who/how


Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Wonderful roof decks serving as presentation platforms
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
Other activities happening at the space
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions
  • Regular monthly salons, artists´ dinners and drum journeys at sister platform,

How to reach

Nearest airport

LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Queens & JFK

Contact information

252 Green Street
11222 Brooklyn NY
United States of America


Phone: +1 718 389-8228
Fax: +1 718 389-8228

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