Collaborative Residency



The Bridge is accepting applications for the Public Artist Creative Residency through June 28.

The 2021 Collaborative Residency will provide an opportunity for 3 local artists working with varied mediums to share a studio space for 4 months (Sept.-Dec.) culminating in a collaborative exhibition in our Neighborhood Gallery, 209 Monticello Road during the month January. Three chosen artists will be provided a shared studio space at the Visible Records artist-run studios in the Carlton Neighborhood and develop their practice in cooperation with each other over the course of 4 months, culminating in a collaborative exhibition and a public art component. Each artist will be provided a cash stipend of $500 in addition to a materials budget of $500. This pioneering program emphasizes a strong collaborative element by placing artists in close proximity and supporting them in the development of a shared creative vision. It will cater to artists seeking a meaningful opportunity to expand their social practice.

The Collaborative Residency will further the development of the arts in Charlottesville by providing financial support, organizational support, publicity, and space to selected artists. It will accomplish all this while inspiring our community and putting a spotlight on creative collaboration. ARTISTS SHOULD APPLY INDIVIDUALLY. Applications for groups or teams of artists will not be accepted.


Selected artists will have access to their shared studio space September 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. Artists will be required to document their experiences with two blog posts (at the beginning and end of the residency program) to be shared with the public on web and social media. Artists will hold monthly formal meetings with the program coordinator (Director of The Bridge) to check in and assure positive experiences and progress toward meaningful outcomes. The residency will take place at Visible Records, an artist-run art studio space in the Carlton neighborhood of Charlottesville/Albemarle (Visible Records is a program of The Bridge).  As a result, not only will the artists draw inspiration from their collaborative partners, they’ll be embedded within a supportive and inspiring creative community.

The Collaborative Residency program provides a unique opportunity for 3 selected artists to explore their practice in a fresh communal environment, in proximity to other artists, with the expressed purpose of pursuing diversity in collaboration.


  • Spotlight 3 talented artists in Charlottesville.
  • Provide physical space (a scarce resource) for inspired creative development.
  • Financially support qualified artists to do good work.
  • Facilitate and celebrate a meaningful collaboration among artists in diverse mediums.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • A one-page résumé including website link
  • 4 work samples
  • A one-page explanation of your work and interest in the program as well as any information the jury should consider when reviewing your candidacy.

A jury comprised of Bridge programming committee members will select 3 qualified artists based on the following criteria:

  • Caliber of work
  • Potential for personal/artistic growth
  • History of/interest in collaboration
  • Eagerness to creatively engage the public
  • Ability to maintain project commitments