Deadline: Open call

Rural Winter Residency 2018/2019 | Upstate NY

Artists. Thinkers. Makers. Architects. Dreamers. An interdisciplinary artist residency in upstate NY

Description of residency program
Arts Letters & Numbers is a place of creative urgency and intensity of purpose, a place to create new linkages, new thought processes, new pathways of understanding that embody our best hopes and aspirations. It is a place where many elements come together to co-construct questions and works, of empathy, of ethics, of imagination; it is a place to explore the nuanced fragilities in our shared stories.

The Residency at Arts Letters and Numbers is a space for individuals to have full creative agency to develop new works in a peaceful and evocative environment and to have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other artists. We strive to cultivate a space that encourages collaborative and individual creation: to think, make and act alongside others within a community. With the Residency Program, artists from wide range of disciplines will be able to come together, ask and engage their questions, create and share their work. When people are free to act, interact and support one another, new works and ideas emerge.

Many artists who have come here have found that crucial to the making of new works comes the need to discuss it, the ideas around it, to receive response to it, to share the influences of it, and Unclear, maybe: for the agency to organically create their own structure.  this has been exciting to facilitate what seems to be an organic development of the programming of the place as it becomes necessary. The important distinction here is that none of it is required; Unclear, maybe: artists will define their own  it has all emerged out of the creative necessity and desire of the work itself.! We have had critiques, discussions, solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and performances, film screenings, group drawing sessions, conversations over dinner and spontaneous conversations throughout the days.

It is important to recognize the role the local community has played in the creative life of the work. More than being audience to the works, they have been actors/actresses, critics and hosts, lending an unexpected but essential dimension to the development of works and the discourse around it. Arts Letters & Numbers is constructed by us: not just those who are directly involved in its day to day operation, not just the fellows, residents, participants, visiting artists and local community members, it has and continues to be built by everyone who sets foot in this remarkable place. It is being constructed by and between us. This aspect of Arts Letters & Numbers is foundational.

Arts Letters & Numbers was founded in 2011. At that point the summer workshop was the driving force of the organization. When the facilities grew so did the program. In 2015 the first Artist in Residence arrived.

Our Artist in Residence Program runs all year with the exception of July 1st - August 15th. The Program is then put on hold due to our annual Summer Workshop.

Residencies may be from 1 week to 12 weeks. All applications are reviewed on a case by case basis.

The basis for Arts Letters and Numbers Residency Program is to encourage cross-disciplinary linkages. We welcome artists and thinkers from all disciplines to develop their work at our facilities. Facilities include a wood working and metalworking shop (unheated) in the Mill, private and shared studio spaces in the house, and larger space for dance and installations in the barn. There are two pianos, one 9' concert grand in the house and an upright located in the Mill.

Shared accommodations sleeps 2 to 4 people $175/week
Private rooms $275/week
There are three shared bathrooms in the house.

The kitchen and fridges are shared. There is a large industrial 6 burner stove for use by all residents. Although residents are responsible for their own meals, it is often the case that everyone in the house gathers to cook and share dinners together.

no accommodation included $95/week
The Day Residency is for commuting Residents only. The artists will, just like any other artist in the program, have access to all working facilities.

Because each artist's studio needs and space differ, we work with each artist to find the best possible working situation for their time.

There are a limited number of Residency Work Scholarships available. Scholarships are only for residencies 8 weeks or longer. Please enquire if you are interested in work exchange discount.

Artists are expected to pursue their individual creative endeavor and many times this calls for leading a workshop, giving a lecture, sharing a film, partake in critique, exhibiting/performing work etc. These are optional but has proven to be an integral tool for artists to find inspiration and to allow others to experience the works in progress or previous works. The artist will be encouraged to propose any form of sharing suitable for their work.  

Monday Evening: T-time; serious casual discussion, linkage making, mounting of enquiries for critical reception and processing with other minds, development of discourse, emergent language to signify thoughts and works and ways of thinking through work, relating the experience to abstraction and larger contexts.

Tuesday Evening: Table Tennis gathering; potluck dinner and ping pong at various houses in the local community

Friday Morning: Liver and Onions; very casual conversations with the local community over potluck breakfast

Other available happenings: Open Mic (opportunity of sharing in progress or completed works, as well as sharing of influences and references.) Exhibitions, Performances, Workshops, Construction, Dinners and Excursions to Museums etc. (Organized and hosted by Fellows and Resident Artists)

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Work samples are required for evaluating applications. The application form asks for a website but if you do not maintain one as the site for samples of your work, please send samples, writing or images directly to

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. If you have any questions regarding your application do not hesitate to ask at

Arts Letters & Numbers
1543 Burden Lake Road,
Averill Park, NY, 12018
518 712 5462 

Rural Winter Residency 2018/2019 | Upstate NY

Rural Winter Residency 2018/2019 | Upstate NY

United States of America

No application deadline / Open call

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