APPLICATION BASICS

Are you currently accepting applications?


No. Our Open Call for residency spots in 2022 closed. Join our mailing list or follow on Instagram to be notified of the next call for applications.




Who is eligible to apply?


Emerging and established artists may apply with a proposal in the following media: ceramics, painting, drawing, fiber, and mixed media sculpture. Applicants who are enrolled in graduate degree programs as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency and therefore cannot apply. We are not equipped to support work in metal, wood, glass, and resin at this time.




What is the cost of a residency?


There are no residency fees. Accommodations and 24/7 studio access are funded by Township10. Artists are responsible for the cost of travel. Artists cover the cost of their meals and materials/firings. Please note: there is a cleaning fee of $50-$100 upon departure.




Do you allow groups/collaborators to apply to Township10?


Yes. Artists collaborating on a project may submit individual applications and work samples, along with a description of the vision they intend to bring to Township10. Please specify your work space needs (i.e. whether or not separate studios are required.) Township10 welcomes small collaborative groups of no more than four people, with two being ideal.




May I apply with my spouse or partner?


Couples working on collaborative projects may apply as collaborators (see the question above). Couples working on their own creative projects may apply individually and request parallel residencies. If both are accepted, each will be offered a studio. No other provisions are made for partners at Township10.




May I bring my partner, child, or pet with me to Township10?


No. Not at this time.




Am I allowed to defer my residency?


Residencies may not be deferred. However, if an applicant is accepted but cannot accept the dates offered, they will be placed on the waiting list for the season, and may reapply after 12 months if they are not called from the waiting list.




Will I need a car?


Yes. Township10 is situated in a rural area. Residents are 15 minutes from the nearest grocery store. It is necessary to have access to a personal vehicle to purchase food, materials and for research purposes—the surrounding region can be incredibly inspirational. It is possible that you can coordinate with other residents to share a car once accepted.




What is the length of a residency?


The 2022 spots were 4-6 weeks in length. We require a commitment of at least one month on-site. Because our spots are limited and in high demand, we can not accommodate residents who want to be part-time or come and go.




How are applications reviewed?


Township10 applications are reviewed by a rotating panel of advisors, past residents, artists, and curators, who serve anonymously. The Residency Director works with the finalist list to fill residency sessions.




How are applicants evaluated?


The main criteria for evaluation is depth of studio practice. We will also be considering qualities, either manifest or incipient, for leadership, mentorship, and disruption. For more on the community we are building and hope to expand, please refer to our values statement and past resident artists.





BEING HERE

What is the setting like at Township10? What are the studios/facilities like?


Township10 is located in a rural environment. Resident Artists need to be comfortable with a degree of solitude and disconnection from the outside world. We are on a 30-acre farm. There are multiple building connected by paths. The terrain is uneven. There is wildlife such as white-tailed deer, snakes, rabbits, box turtles, etc. We have neighbors who are visible (and audible on occassion) but not close to the property. Studios are comfortable and rustic. Spaces are well-lit with ample workspaces and shelf storage. The ceramics studios have heat. The mixed media studio is seasonal and does not. None of the studios have bathrooms and residents walk to their accommodations for bathroom breaks. There are also communal spaces such as porches, decks, the timber-framed shed, and the tobacco barn.




Does the studio tech have a dog on property?


Yes. Kyle has a dog named Ollie who lives on property. He is well-trained. He does spend time in the communal space of the bunkhouse and the shared upper studio so if you are allergic to dogs or dislike dogs, please let us know in your application.




Is there Internet access in the studios?


Wi-Fi is available property-wide. This is because we do not always have decent cell service and Internet becomes the only way of communication. We encourage Resident Artists to limit their time on-line and not to stream video in the evenings so that they can sink more deeply into the experience of residency.




What is a typical day like?


There isn’t a set schedule at Township10. We do not have programming or structure. Artists work independently and set their own schedules during the day and/or evening generally working 6-8+ hours a day. Artists might check in with each other late morning, or meet up for tea in the afternoon. Sharing meals at least once a week or more is encouraged but not required. Sometimes there are art openings or dinners in the nearby town of Marshall, or further afield in Asheville, and someone will initiate a trip. At a maximum, there are 5 people on property. Sometimes only 2. So again it is important to be okay with solitude and not to expect a large cohort.




What is the community of artists at Township10?


The community of Resident Artists at Township10 is characterized by focus, purpose, and mutual respect. Artists take the opportunity to make work seriously and also enjoy sinking into the pleasure of the place. Many feel the presence of the other artists who have come before them in the T10 studios. Township10 is an extended family with professional relationships, collaborations and opportunities springing up organically.




What are the accommodations?


We provide accommodations in two buildings: the cottage and the bunkhouse. Resident Artists get a private bedroom in either space. The bunkhouse has shared bathroom (for 2 pp) and communal kitchen/living room/library. Rooms are furnished. Towels and linens provided. Washer/dryer. Wi-Fi. The cottage is a 2-BR house. For more on the spaces click HERE. **The majority of the 2022 residency spots will be filled in the bunkhouse. On the application you can select 'cottage-only.' Selecting 'cottage-only' will place you in a more competitive pool with fewer options, but if it makes sense for your stage of life/career/needs please mark it.




How much technical support will be available?


The studio tech, Kyle Lawson, welcomes and orients residents. He lives on-site in the bunkhouse. Kyle is available for approx 4 hours/week for resident assistance. Technical support does not include instruction. We expect residents to be able to work independently and responsibly. Through prior arrangement, we may be able to help find an assistant in the area.





EXPECTATIONS

What are the expectations for Resident Artists?


We have the highest expectations for the respect, thoughtfulness, and care that residents will bring to this experience. A few things we lay out are: • We ask artists to incorporate shared meals and poetry into their stay. • We encourage artists to connect with the local community and find ways to share their perspective. • We select a finished work for our collection. • We facilitate a written reflection to be archived for past and future residents.




Is there a work-trade component?


Our offers for residency may include 3-5 hr/week of communal work. This depends on what is happening at the property and whether we need extra hands for things such as reclaiming clay, cleaning studios, setting up for an event, or tending to the garden. Work-trade will always be detailed in the offer and never assumed. It is part of how we are able to offer keep costs down and have no residency fees. We are also willing to revisit work-trade requests if it feels intrusive or onerous to the resident.




What is the policy on drugs and alcohol?


T10’s Drug and Alcohol policy is in accordance with the laws of North Carolina. All illegal drugs are strictly prohibited. Artists and guests impaired by the use of alcohol or marijuana may not operate any equipment or work in studios. The owner has lost loved ones to hard drugs and has zero tolerance for heroin, cocaine, etc. You will be asked to leave immediately if you engage in destructive or disruptive behavior during your residency.