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Call for Applications: Watermill Center Residency Programme

The Watermill Center (a residency program founded by The Byrd Hoffman Foundation) is an international institute for new work in the arts. The Watermill Center gives artists space and time, and encourages them to create new ideas in all artistic fields and media. The Watermill Center explores new forms of artistic apprenticeship, production and collaboration. It is a laboratory for the arts and humanities, a unique laboratory for artists, students and individuals of all ages and backgrounds to explore the creative process. The center offers residencies in fall and spring and a summer program that brings together approximately 65 artists from over 25 countries for 4 - 5 weeks of intense creative exploration and artistic development. The Summer Program provides an opportunity for emerging artists to learn from established professionals in a laboratory environment.

39 Watermill Towd Road

Water Mill, NY 11976

United States
+1 631 726 4628
+1 631 726 4525


The Watermill Center offers 2- to 6-week residencies all year long in New York, USA for artists from all nationalities. Since 2011, in partnership with ArteEast, Watermill offers additionally one annual residency supporting the development of a new work by artists based in the Middle East and North Africa.

Deadline to apply for residencies in 2014: 12 June 2013.

Watermill is a "laboratory for performance" that supports the development of experimental and cross-disciplinary art. Watermill invites emerging artists to submit ambitious proposals for the creation of collaborative work that critically investigates, challenges, and extends the existing norms of performance practice. Watermill also welcomes research proposals from established scholars. Watermill possesses a strong international profile and continues to extend its network of associates, encouraging proposals from artists based within and outside the U.S.

Residency Programme

In 2006, The Watermill Center opened its doors and began a year-round Residency Program inviting artists to investigate, challenge, and extend the existing norms of performance practice.  Since that inaugural year, Watermill has been both laboratory and home to over 80 international artist residencies.

The Residency Program gives young artists and ensembles the opportunity to explore their own projects while living and working in Robert Wilson’s unique laboratory where studio, gallery, theater and research center combine.  Each residency lasts from two to four weeks and culminates in a public presentation of their work and process.

ArteEast residency programme

In 2011, The Watermill Center and ArteEast partnered to launch an annual residency supporting the development of a new work by artists based in the Middle East and North Africa. Artists, art practitioners and institutions based or active in the Middle East and North Africa are invited to apply for the opportunity to participate in a residency program at Watermill Center. Eligible participants are citizens and/or residents of the following countries:

Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

The partnership will be included in one of the Fall 2014 Residency slots (September - December 2014) at The Watermill Center and will be accompanied by an artist talk with the community about the work done in residence. Artists will be selected by The Watermill Center Selection Committee as well as by members of the ArteEast staff.


The application for the 2014 Watermill Center Residency Program can be found here:  watermillcenter.slideroom.com.  

The  deadline (for all programs):  Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 5pm EST.

Click here to download the 2014 Residency Program Application Guide...


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