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The Shell House Artist and Writer Residencies are an opportunity for 5-6 interdisciplinary artists to live and work together for two weeks in the Catskills mountains three hours from New York City. The Shell House is uniquely built to facilitate communal living and new modes of thinking in a quiet natural setting. Artists are invited to create, build, and imagine new works in the house and on the land with some restrictions (permanent structures will need approval and no damage may be inflicted upon the house). By connecting interesting people from different disciplines and backgrounds, the organizers hope to facilitate the creation of new networks and projects that wouldn’t have existed otherwise.
The program is available to emerging visual artists, architectural designers, technologists, and installation artists who have at least some physical component to how their work manifests or is displayed (meaning, it is not purely digital). They also encourage creatives from other professional fields looking to deepen their art practice or develop a specific project to apply.
Small exhibition or salon in NYC.
Free lodging. There are 3 private rooms and a shared loft equipped with basic necessities and a small desk.
There are no studio spaces. Artists can create works in their rooms, or the property. The property itself is 5 acres including a large patio and lawn, as well as a small forested area.
Residents must provide whatever they need for their own personal creative practice.
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