Have you ever wondered what it would be like to escape from the day to day juggling act that is ordinary life, and stay in a place where the only thing that matters is your creative practice?
I am recently returned from a residency at Vashon Island, near Seattle, where I had just such an experience for a whole three and a half weeks. To say that I had a wonderful time would be an understatement. It was refreshing and revitalising in so many ways.
Many people wonder what an artist residency actually is. I would describe it as time spent in a new place, focussing on your art, in a supportive environment without the day to day distractions of normal daily life. It might just be for a week, or it could be much longer. Some residencies are free, and others are paid, often with the option to apply for a grant to support the time away.
So why should you do this? Is it worth your time and money?
I will give you 10 reasons why you will find it worthwhile. If not more......
That feels like enough reasons for now.
Here's a little book that I made in my first few days when I was still finding my feet.
If you are tempted, then here are some good websites to get you started.
Res Artis- worldwide network of artist residencies
Artjobs - search for residencies here
And don't forget to follow the hashtags #artistresidency and #artistresidencies on Instagram.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more or if you have any good tips.
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Caroline Fraser - an ordinary life
on life, suburban living, art, creativity, photography, book art and travel.
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Colourful abstracted and traditional photographic landscapes, book art and workshops. Capturing the moods and beauty of nature whether in wild open places or in small sanctuaries in suburbia.