OPEN CALL: Elsewhere residency

25.11.21 | Opslagstavle

RES#111: April 14 – May 10
RES#113: August 11 – September 6

Applications are due Monday January 3rd by 11:59PM EST.
Our free application requires having or creating a Gmail account, written responses to questions, and uploading of a PDF (CV, references, work samples).

Foundational Residencies are now FEE FREE – free to apply, free to attend. We also now have a modest pool of funds to offer financial assistance. See funding for more details.

Nominate someone for this opportunity.

This is the original residency experience of coming to Elsewhere to become immersed in our world of things. Open to all artists around the globe who are 18 or older. Foundational Residencies are typically 26 days (arrive on a Thursday, leave on a Tuesday, with three FULL weeks in between), but they offer the flexibility to do shorter 2-3 week research residencies that are less focused on producing finished works. Proposals for longer residencies will also be considered.

Contributions of financial or in-kind support in are always very welcome as our full residency costs are only ~60% covered by grants. Any pledged support by artists would be made after accepting an invitation and would not affect our decision-making.

Elsewhere is a living museum, international artist residency, and collaborative learning laboratory built from Sylvia Gray’s three-story thrift store and her 58-year collection of material culture and surplus.

Elsewhere’s mission is to support site-specific experimentation, social action, and interdisciplinary collaboration in order to foster new ways of thinking and doing, the exploration of context and place in artistic creation, and the integration of creativity and life. Our vision, “with people and things, we build collaborative futures,” is both practical and utopian, believing that everything we do through Elsewhere is creating the futures we need.

We are situated in the center of downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, surrounded by restaurants, shops, venues, and other organizations, and in close proximity to historically under-resourced and redlined neighborhoods.

Right up the street is the International Civil Rights Museum that commemorates the Greensboro Four who started the sit-ins in the 1960’s and have ourselves been a critical site for supporting contemporary movement work of Black Lives Matter, Queer People of Color Collective, and other groups. Greensboro was at one time an international hub for the textile industry and is in recent decades hosting growing immigrant communities. The city was founded by Quakers and boasts 5 universities and colleges, including A&T, the largest HBCU in the country, and Bennett College, a small Black liberal arts college for women. We have partnered with nearby downtown arts magnet high school Weaver Academy and Experiential School, who uses downtown as their campus. Our proprietress, Sylvia Gray, was a founding member of the local synagogue and regularly fed groups of Guilford College students when she came home from the shop.

More information here