Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Mission: Elsewhere is a non-profit organization building collaborative culture through the re-invention of old things. Through its living museum, residency program, and collaborative learning laboratory, Elsewhere generates a more curious, creative downtown Greensboro and globe.
Elsewhere, a living museum set in a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro, NC, is now accepting applications for 2013 residencies. Elsewhere residencies invite artists, curators, scholars, makers, storytellers, archivists, and educators to contribute to and interpret Elsewhere’s concepts, collections, and communities utilizing the museum’s immense 58-year collection of second-hand surplus as resource and inspiration for site-specific projects.
Elsewhere’s three-story museum is an evolving environment of living installations, public studios, and material resources. Elsewhere offers an experimental context for investigating material culture, engaging process and practice, and developing new collaborative approaches. Elsewhere is an active participant in the vitalization of its emerging downtown neighborhood, and an exceptional place for rethinking things in everyday and extraordinary culture.
Individuals and collaborative teams working across media, fields, and disciplines are encouraged to apply. Residencies are for 2-6 week project periods. Creative retreats, internships, fellowships and curatorial fellowships are also available.
Cost: $500 + $50 per week for room+board. A non-refundable $250 deposit reserves your residency spot upon acceptance, and is applied toward your program.
Number of Artists: Up to 6 at a time
Accommodations: Living at Elsewhere is to be immersed within a transforming artwork. It is also a public home set in an historic building with aging architectures and the promise of daily encounter with millions of things. Six artists are in residency at any given time, and shared accommodations are provided on the museum’s second floor in a former 1950s boarding house. The creature comforts are set amidst art installations created from the boarding house rooms. The summer months are hot and rainy, and the fall and spring are crisp. There is no central heat or AC and it can be quite dusty. We think you will be comfortably surprised if you think of it as indoor camping.
Residents participate in our FOOD CO-OP, which sources from local markets, a CSA, and our small kitchen garden. Vegetarian dinners occur 5 nights a week with a rotating team of staff and resident chefs, and the full kitchen stocks self-serve breakfast, lunch and snacks 24/7. Residents participate in a weekly chore schedule. Most find Elsewhere’s communal live-work environment an inspiring component of their residency experience.
Length of Stay: April–November for 2-6 weeks
Demographic: Individuals and collaborative teams working across media, fields, and disciplines are encouraged to apply. Artists, curators, scholars, makers, storytellers, archivists, and educators. Best practices are to work site-specifically and sustainably with the collection, help bridge new audiences with the work and future artists with the museum, and further evolve the function, form, concept and appearance of the living museum.
Benefits: YMCA access with residency, conceptual and material guidance, documentation, event opportunities, intern and volunteer assistance, online presence, living installations, audio/video equipment and lab, access to the community, vintage clothes to borrow daily, $50 artist supply funding, culinary lessons, workshops available (to administer or participate in), sewing/costume making opportunities, library science opportunities, musical sounds galore, woodshop/workshop and wood, bikes available for residents, fellowships, internships, artist talks and public studios.
Deadline: January 4, 2013