Deadline: 01/03/2018

North Mountain Residency

North Mountain supports creative practices through research, conversation, and risk-taking.

Description of residency program
North Mountain Residency is a residency program that supports creative practices by encouraging research, conversation, and risk-taking. We are located on 400 acres of Appalachian mountainside in West Virginia, not far from Washington, DC. Residents are provided comfortable studio and living space, access to forest and apple orchards, research assistance, and small group critiques. While on site, residents are encouraged to engage in the ecologies and cultures of West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. We invite applications from individuals and small groups working in all types of creative practices.

Duration of residency
Residencies last 3 weeks. 

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
We invite applications from individuals and small groups working in all types of creative practices. In the past, we have hosted filmmakers, photographers, writers, musicians, painters, sculptors, researchers, and landscape designers. We provide assistance with research and documentation, as well as small group critiques & studio visits, and simple bread making skills.

We provide comfortable studio and living space in a three-story house. A kitchen, living/dining room, outdoor deck, and fire pit, act as common areas of the house. Residents have their own bedroom and studio, and either a private or shared bathroom.

Studio/ workspace 
There are three dedicated studio spaces, each with work surfaces, chairs, lighting, power strips, and storage space. The upstairs studiois suitable for dry work, writing, research, photo and video editing, architecture, sound, etc. The main floor studio is suitable for various wet and dry media. The basement studio functions as an experimental media studio, supporting simple printmaking and photography. 

Fees and support
We ask for a fee of $100 per resident per week to help cover the costs of the residency program, which include housekeeping and administration work, utilities, household supplies, taxes, and insurance. This fee is on a sliding scale; no one who has been accepted will be turned away for lack of funds. Similarly, residents may contribute more to help cover the costs of fellow or future residents.
A work trade may be possible, depending on a resident’s relevant skills and experience.
Residents are responsible for their own expenses for travel, food, studio materials, and personal items. 

Expectations towards the artist
During their time in residence, we hope residents will:

  • make meaningful steps in their practice that they may not otherwise make
  • engage in critical conversation with fellow residents and staff
  • allow new material found on site to interfere with their anticipated results
  • interact with the ecologies & cultures of West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle

Application information
We offer residency sessions from May through September. Prospective residents should apply by March 1 to be considered for the year’s residency season. If you’ve missed the deadline and would still like to apply, please write us at to be added to our waiting list.

North Mountain Residency

North Mountain Residency

United States of America

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