As an emerging community-based organization, Azule has developed a residency program for performers, writers, architects, builders, musicians, and artists of all types. Located on 35 rural acres in Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, our facility is the result of decades of work by local craftsmen, using predominantly locally harvested or reused materials and constructed with traditional techniques.
We invite residents to join us to enjoy a retreat from everyday life where there is time and space to relax, dream, and create.
Who Should Apply?
- Emerging as well as established artists will be accepted
- Artists must be 18 years old or older
- Artists working in most media will be considered, including experimental media; however, artists working with toxic materials, hazardous machinery, etc. will not be considered due to limitations within the building.
- Artists must be ready to enjoy working in a shared open studio setting and be comfortable working alongside other artists.
- Artists may be expected to share space with Azule programming during the course of their residency, these may include community potluck events, guest tours, artist talks or demos, and workshops.
- We accept applications from international artists, however, we can not assist with visa/funding/travel arrangements.
We review & select applicants on a rolling, first-come first served basis. All applicants, regardless of past residency, must fill out and submit our online Application Form.
We accept most applicants as long as proposed projects do not violate our code of conduct & are respectful of all residents and staff. You can expect to hear back from us in 1-2 weeks from your completed application.
Plan ahead & apply for your preferred dates well in advance, as we cannot hold space without a deposit.
Due to the number of bedrooms at Azule, and in order to provide each resident with ample space to work, we only accept 1-4 residents at any point in time. If you would specifically like to apply for a time frame where you will be at Azule at the same time as another resident, please indicate this on your application and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Residents are each provided either a private room or a dormitory bed, a separate shared workspace, and expansive views of our Appalachian mountains.
The remainder of the structure is communal and includes a full kitchen, dining area, library, and various side rooms and open spaces that serve as workspace, gathering space, and studio space as needed.
The kitchen is stocked with cooking instruments, coffee & tea makers, serving ware & utensils. There is a limited pantry that includes some cooking oils, teas, and other misc items.
I walked away from the mountain dazed, re-birthed, and strong as a Person and as Artist.
– Hunter Savoy-Jaffe, Art Resident
Live & Create in a Working Studio
Azule is a working Art Piece. The original log cabin has become a creative expression that nurtures and inspires all our Residents.
We will be the first to admit, it’s not for everyone. But if you are looking for a space free from judgment, to express yourself outside of expectation & societal restraint, you won’t find a less constrained workplace.
What you Get
We host a limited number of Artists at a time to give ample space & privacy.
Large kitchen includes all cooking instruments & utensils.
Private or Dorm Room
Rooms come with linens and a towel per occupant.
A shared library, printer & internet is available for residents.
Each artist is assigned a workspace based on their medium of choice.
Explore & forage from our 35 acres of natural woodland.
We’ve welcomed professionals, students, craftspeople, writers, dancers, theater groups, and more. All are welcome to apply.