All meals are included. Informal breakfast and lunch are in residential houses. Dinners are served in a private dining room of The Horned Dorset Inn. Vegetarian choices are available for all meals.
The total cost for a four-week residency is $4,000. Artists who are able to cover their own costs increase HDC’s ability to assist those who cannot, but acceptance to HDC is based upon quality of work and professional references, not the ability to contribute financially. HDC will make every effort to help invited artists who are in need of financial support. Note that on top of the residency cost, you need to cover your own travel and material costs.
Following disciplines are eligible at Dorset Colony: creative writing, creative writing translation, musical composition or visual arts. Applications should be made either via postal mail or e-mail.
The philosophy of the Dorset Colony is that they recognize writers need to set aside periods of time to work intensively on given projects away from the distractions of everyday life, but at the same time total isolation from other people and a normal social environment is often just as disruptive.
Residents are expected to attend all dinners and participate in cultural engagements such as occasional open studios. Residents are asked to keep some form of journal from which they can draw to make an informal presentation during the last week of their residency.
All residents have their own private room, some with private bath. All houses have comfortable common rooms. A few rooms are of adequate size to comfortably accommodate a spouse, partner, or associate who contributes an essential collaborative component to the artist’s work while in residence; there will be a surcharge for their housing and meals. Laundry facilities and housekeeping service are included in the fee.
A mix of accommodations and workspace is available in several restored houses (Victorian, Federal, Greek Revival, Arts & Crafts). All are within minutes walking distance of each other and the restaurant building which serves as dining room and houses an exhibition space.
There are two music rooms with grand pianos, an 8,000 volume library and internet access. Artists must provide all of their own materials and special equipment.