Leah Dixon Installation and Mia Taylor Works on Paper, STONELEAF RESIDENCY 2017

Leah Dixon Installation and Mia Taylor Works on Paper, STONELEAF RESIDENCY 2017

STONELEAF 2019 RESIDENCY OPEN CALL ANNOUNCED: Deadline Monday April 15, 2019

STONELEAF is pleased to announce its 2019 residency dates and open call for artists-in-residence. Following the success of last year, the residency will continue to welcome women only. In addition to visual artists, STONELEAF accepts applications from art writers and curators who would benefit from dedicated time and space to work on a project. Preference will be given to artists with a focus on social practice and to those who can best demonstrate how being at STONELEAF will enable them to realize an idea.

The 2019 program will consist of three two-week residencies for nine artists, running in June, July and August 2019. During each residency, there will be communal dinners and invited arts professionals will join for studio visits. The deadline is 11.59PM EST on Monday, April 15, 2019: APPLY HERE

STONELEAF 2018 artists-in-residence were: Mahwish Chishty, Theresa Chromati, Liz Collins, Rena Detrixhe, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Emma Kohlmann, Camille Lee, Katiushka Melo, Mónica Palma, Elise Rasmussen, Rebecca Reeve and Sinta Tantra.

MAHWISH CHISHTY, ‘Helen and Eric were amazing hosts! They facilitated very comfortable living space, spacious studios and communal homemade dinners. As a result, STONELEAF was a perfect balance between privacy/isolation to focus on creating work and socialization/getting to know each other.’

RENA DETRIXHE, ‘My residency at STONELEAF retreat was generative and stimulating, I felt at home from the moment I arrived. The beautiful studio and surroundings are complimented by the warmth and humor of the generous hosts, Helen and Eric. This place is truly special.’

EMMA KOHLMANN, ‘I was able to have the focus I needed to get projects done while simultaneously having a community of artists to commune with. I really loved my experience at STONELEAF as form of active relaxation. Where you can do your work at your own pace with support around you.’

MONICA PALMA, ‘STONELEAF is a space run with passion and commitment. I was pleasantly surprised that I got so much work done and still got time to swim in the river and watch the sunset at the reservoir.’

ELYSE RASMUSSEN, ‘STONELEAF RETREAT was a wonderful and welcoming experience. It provided an idyllic working environment and I felt very supported and extremely welcomed by Helen and Eric. The residency allowed me the opportunity to make new work while decompressing from city life and I am grateful for the time spent and the new friendships forged.’


APPLICATION & ACCEPTANCE: It’s free to apply to the residency and the deadline is Monday, April 15, 2019. Only fully completed applications will be reviewed and two references are required. If accepted, applicants are required to pay a $200 non-refundable acceptance fee to secure placement. The residency is almost fully subsidized by the co-founders and the acceptance fee contributes to the maintenance of STONELEAF. A $200 refundable security deposit is also required prior to arrival. Successful applicants will be notified by May 1, 2019.

2019 RESIDENCY DATES: Saturday June 15 – Saturday June 29 / Sunday June 30 – Sunday July 13 / Saturday August 3 – Saturday August 17. When applying, artists are asked to specify their preferred residency dates.

WHAT WE PROVIDE: Live and work space for two weeks, plus support and encouragement, if and when needed. Shared accommodation with private bedrooms. Dedicated studio space. Over 20 acres of land to enjoy; encompassing forest trails, a stream, a pond and a tennis court. Wi-Fi. Communal dinners; on arrival day, studio visit day and the night before the residency finishes. Pre-organized studio visits with invited professionals, plus an in-depth visit with Helen Toomer. Transportation to and from the Trailways Kingston coach station for arrival and departure.

WHAT WE DON’T PROVIDE: Food, materials or transportation, a stipend or financial assistance, nor 24/7 assistance.

LOCATION: approximately 2.5 hours north of New York City, based on the edge of the Catskill Mountains. The location is somewhat remote, so if you want to gather materials and explore on your own, you will need a car. The towns of Woodstock and Kingston are approx. 15-30 mins drive and both contain supermarkets, art supply stores, various shops and great restaurants. We can pre-arrange transportation to and from the Trailways coach station in Kingston, however artists need to make their own way to Kingston.

ACCOMMODATION: an intimate cabin-like guesthouse full of art built in the 1960s, with shared living space, bathroom with tub and shower and small kitchen. Bedding, towels, cookware and basic cooking supplies like oils, spices, tea and coffee etc are provided. There are three private bedrooms, two on the ground floor and one loft bedroom, which requires climbing up a ladder and each has a full or queen bed. There is no air conditioning, but a free-standing fan is provided in each bedroom. Unfortunately, the artist residence is not wheelchair accessible. 

FAMILIES & COLLABORATORS: at this time, we are unable to offer residencies to artists with children and families. This is something we are working on for the future. Collaborations of two women artists maximum will be considered if the collaborating artists are able to share the same bedroom - separate beds will be provided.

STUDIOS: within an unsealed, non-temperature controlled converted barn. There are three studios; two on the ground level, which are approx. 350 square feet of useable space with approx. 60 linear feet of white painted walls and one one the upper level, which is approx. 500 square feet of useable space with approx. 30 linear feet of white walls. The floor of upper studio is wood the downstairs studios are concrete and sometimes sweat. Each studio has electricity, Wi-Fi and lighting. Two six-foot tables and two chairs will be provided. Additional studio mates include spiders, wasps and the occasional bat. Artists are welcome to use the land as a continuation of their studio space/practice and STONELEAF welcomes ideas for site-responsive works.

OTHER THINGS TO NOTE: If you like the outdoors, mother nature and all of her creatures – then this is for you. If the sight of a bug has you running and screaming – this is not for you. If you like working on your own thing and living in close quarters with other creatives – then this is for you. If you need an air-tight temperature controlled space to live and work in – this is not for you. If you want to slow down, breathe in the fresh air and look at the stars at night – then this is for you. If you do not wish to connect or listen to your fellow creatives – this is not for you. If you want to escape and finally focus on something that’s been burning inside you – then this is for you.

The deadline is 11.59PM EST on Monday, April 15, 2019: APPLY HERE

If you have any further questions which have not been answered above, please contact Helen Toomer, Co-Founder at hello@stoneleafretreat.com.