Art Farm’s artist residency program is for professionals, emerging or established, in all areas of the arts and humanities; offering accommodations and studio space to pursue their art in exchange for a contribution of labor of 12 hours per week to help renovate and maintain Art Farm’s buildings and grounds as well as other projects, suited to skills and temperament. All who apply need to be self-motivated and resourceful and appreciate a quiet working environment. Art Farm’s location is semi-isolated and rural and because of this condition, co-operation, social tolerance and an ability to share tasks is helpful. Art Farm's artist residencies are available between 1 June and 1 November.
There are 13 studios, which might be called, 'permanent': The Granary, Lone Pine-West, District 62 (formerly a rural 150 year-old schoolhouse), Pig Pottery (ceramics), The Bessie, The Thinking Hut, The Victoria Suites 1 and 2, The Bell Barn, The High-Rise, The Burning Bridge, The Muffin, and The Barn Loft. This list ignores the numerous ephemeral on-demand studio spaces created each year to meet a variety of needs, as well as using any empty room. Most studios are 400-500 square feet in size, with a few near 600 square feet. All studios, excluding The Thinking Hut, have 110-volt electrical power, with 220-volt in some; four studios have plumbing (sink only) and one studio has complete indoor facilities of kitchen and bath. If studios feel too small, you can choose to work on the outside of them or in the 15 acres surrounding for environmental/permanent sculpture, interactive performances, or temporary installations. Depending on the season, 15 acres (summer) expands to 60 acres (fall).
Accommodations are available for up to fourteen residents at one time: Residents have free accommodations choices in three buildings. One is a furnished, 110+ year-old two-story farmhouse with three bedrooms, and the second house, 130 year old, named, Victoria, still under renovation, with six bedrooms, depending on the renovation project underway. The third accommodations center is on the second floor the main barn complex (also under renovation) and has three bedrooms, with a furnished communal space. In each building, residents have private bedrooms while sharing a bathroom, sitting room, and kitchen. All kitchens are fully equipped and each location has laundry facilities.
Bedrooms range from penthouse to basic cabin in their appointments: some have panoramic views; some have no windows at all. Two sets of sheets, blankets, towels and pillows are in each bedroom.
General technical advice offered by Art Farm in the areas of metalworking, woodworking, letterpress printing, engineering, earthmoving, and ceramics, complete with an assortment of metal scrap, electronics, paper, timber/logs, on site clay, etc., and abundance of organic materials: tractors, loaders, wagons and pickup truck etc. are accessible for moving and lifting heavy materials. Intern assistance is available on a per need basis. If you need a specific tool, machine or material, just send an email to check if it exists at Art Farm.