Fall

Artist Residency Program

Visiting Artist:

TBA

Guest Speaker:

TBA

September 8 - 15, 2020

Cuttyhunk Island Artists’ Residency offers visual artists the time to focus on their work in a beautiful, remote setting far removed from the distractions of everyday life. An intimate group of twelve artists gather on Cuttyhunk Island for eight days to share ideas and learn from each other while working on their individual projects. We invite visiting artists each session to do slide talks and meet with each participant for informal critique sessions. The visiting artists work alongside the participants on their own projects and we all sit down to meals together, cooked by our chef. 

 

Facilities and Media

CIAR accepts visual artists working in all mediums. We encourage applicants who will benefit from nature as a tool in their creative process, especially those who can work with limited studio space and the unique natural environment of Cuttyhunk Island. Our facilities are conducive to artists with a portable studio practice, an ability to work on projects with easy set-up and break-down methods. Artists set up temporary work spaces on our large wraparound, covered porch overlooking Vineyard Sound. We also see this time as a way for artists to wander, think, and sketch. The beautiful nature trails and quiet beaches offer a sense of escape from our busy lives. On Cuttyhunk, one can forget what day of the week it is and leave the house without keys, wallets, phones.

 

Examples of work methods supported by our facilities:

  • drawing

  • painting

  • collage

  • small sculpture projects (not needing special tools or shop space)

  • photography

  • video

  • etc.

 

Feel free to email cuttyhunkartists@gmail.com with questions about our facilities and what to expect.

 

We recommend that you bring a laptop and thumb drive with examples of your work. This will be helpful to show the visiting artists your work and gather feedback. Previous participants have also enjoyed sharing their work in 10 minute slide presentations to the group. 

Cost & Scholarships

Participants can select two options for their time on Cuttyhunk, with cost based on room choice:

  • Shared room for $1,450

  • Single room for $1,900

CIAR program costs include:

  • accommodation at the Avalon Inn (including all linens and towel).  Read more here.

  • three daily meals prepared by our chef

  • round-trip transportation on the ferry from New Bedford, MA

  • visiting artist mentorship and talks

 

We offer three scholarships that cover the entire cost of residency; partial scholarships are also available. Click on the Submit tab for information about scholarships. **Please note that all scholarship recipients will be placed in a shared room accommodation.** 

Sample Schedule

(Participation in scheduled activities is optional)

 

Day 1:

10:00am – Arrive to Cuttyhunk Island! Light snack and coffee; tour of the facilities
12:00 – Picnic lunch
2:00 – Walking tour around Island; afternoon work time
6:30 – Cocktail hour
7:00 – Sit-down dinner
8:15 – Lecture on the history of Cuttyhunk Island
9:00 – Social hour

 

Day 2:

7:30am – Coffee and tea served in the kitchen
8:00 - 10:00 – Buffet-style breakfast
8:30 – Yoga on the porch; morning work time
12:45 - 1:45 – Buffet-style, take-away lunch
1:45 - 6:30 – Afternoon work time
6:30 – Cocktails and oysters on the porch
7:00 – Dinner
8:30 – Slide presentations

 

Day 3:

7:30am – Coffee and tea
8:00 - 10:00 – Buffet-style breakfast
10:00 – Visiting artist arrives; morning work time
12:45 - 1:45 – Buffet-style, take-away lunch
2:00 - 6:00 – One-on-one meetings with visiting artist; afternoon work time
6:00 – Cocktail hour
6:30 – Early dinner
7:30 – Evening concert

 

Day 4:

7:30am – Coffee and tea

8:00 - 10:00 – Buffet-style breakfast
9:30 – One-on-one meetings with visiting artist; morning work time
12:45 - 1:45 – Buffet-style, take-away lunch
2:00 - 6:00 – One-on-one meetings with visiting artist; afternoon work time
6:30 – Cocktail hour
7:00 – Dinner
8:00 – Slide presentations

 

Day 5:

7:30am – Coffee and tea
8:00 - 10:00 – Buffet-style breakfast
8:30 – Yoga on the porch; morning work time
12:45 - 1:45 – Buffet-style, take-away lunch
1:45 - 6:30 – Afternoon work time
6:30 – Early dinner
7:30 – Visiting artist lecture

 

Day 6:

7:30am – Coffee and tea
10:00 – Brunch
11:00 - 6:00 – Afternoon work time
6:00 – Cocktail hour; visiting curator lecture and Q and A
7:00 – Dinner
8:30 – Slide presentations

 

Day 7:

7:30am – Coffee and tea
8:00 - 10:00 – Buffet-style breakfast
8:30 – Yoga on the porch; morning work time
12:45 - 1:45 – Buffet-style, take-way lunch
1:30 - 5:45 – Afternoon work time
6:00 – Art Show on the porch, open to the public
8:00 – Dinner

9:30 pm – Bonfire on the beach

 

Day 8:

7:30am – Coffee and tea
8:00 – 10:00 - Buffet-style breakfast
10:00 – Please leave rooms (for housekeeping) and enjoy Avalon common areas
12:00 - 1:15 – Lunch
3:00 – Ferry to New Bedford; Farewell!

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