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A Floating Artist Residency

It's not too often a residency coincides with a lifestyle that requires so much of a person.  Living on a boat can be mentally and physically taxing, yet some would say that is why it is so amazing.  

Sessions are typically based on calendar months.  In some circumstances, artists can stay for multiple months.  Here are a few words to give you a bit of an idea of what a session looks like.  

Provisioning:  Possibly the single most important step is making sure we are well stocked.  From staples to guilty pleasures, good morale on board starts with a well fed crew.  We will discuss and agree on a cooking/cleaning strategy based on our collective talents or lack thereof.  Usually we have one group meal a day, and the rest are as needed.

Orientation and training:  Once on board, the first few days will be spent getting comfortable and focusing on basic training in boat handling, emergency management, and first aid.  We will watch some videos and perform live exercises to make sure everyone has a feel for the operations.  Beyond that you are welcome to get more involved with daily operations and learn as much as I can teach you.


Underway:  When we do move, it will usually be under ideal conditions and planned in advance.  There will always be myself and someone 'on duty' for any passage, while the others are free to roam about the vessel.  However, no one is allowed to work below in the shop while moving and everyone must be available at a moments notice.  


Days on anchor:  This project is a residency, so we will have plenty of days where we are free to make art, meet with people and each other, go ashore, or just enjoy the life.  There will be regular critiques where we can share our progress and give feedback.  As with everything, communication is key.  We will work with each other to create a fair and balanced work ethic that can meet everyone's needs.

At this point you are probably either excited or turned off.  If it isn't for you, it won't hurt our feelings, do tell your friends though!  If you are into it, head to the application page to learn more...

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