ABOUT THE WATERMILL CENTER RESIDENCY PROGRAM
The Watermill Center is a laboratory for performance that supports the development of experimental art. Watermill invites artists to submit ambitious proposals for the creation of work that critically investigates, challenges, and extends the existing norms of performance practice.
The Watermill Center Residency Program began in 2006, when the Center officially opened as a year-round facility. Over the course of the program, up to twenty collectives or individual artists take up residence at the Center to create collaborative works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend the existing norms of performance practice. By June of 2015, the Center will have hosted over 80 residency groups.
The Residency Program gives artists the opportunity to utilize The Watermill Center as a home and a workshop to create and develop their own work. Each residency varies in length according to artists’ and project needs and generally lasts from one to four weeks. Residency artists are chosen by a distinguished international selection committee composed of artists, academics, and cultural leaders across all disciplines.
In addition to creating and developing their work, artists share their creative process at Watermill with the community through open rehearsals, workshops, and artist talks. The Center supplements these public gatherings with lectures, seminars, screenings, educational partnerships, internships, and other creative engagements throughout the year.
Watermill’s mission is to provide artists the opportunity to focus on their process. Residents have gone on to perform at venues and festivals including the New Museum, Roulette, PS122, American Realness, Clocktower Gallery, Performa, Vienna’s Donaufestival, Kampnagel in Hamburg, CPR – Center for Performance Research, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Artists from within and outside of the United States are encouraged to apply. Watermill welcomes proposals from performing artists, visual artists, curators, dramaturges, puppeteers, architects, composers, filmmakers, culinary artists, and writers. Watermill also welcomes research proposals from established scholars.