Cooler Gallery Brooklyn

Summer Residency

July 25-August 9, 2020

Summer Residency

July 25-August 9, 2020

Summer Residency
July 25-August 9, 2020

Music is an ephemeral art. But what happens after we are no longer here?  Is it possible to create music that will outlast us? Something that speaks to a larger set of ideals outside the frameworks of human society? Will the wind and the waves be the new musicians? Will the trees, insects, mushrooms, and mollusks be listening?

In collaboration with Brooklyn-based Cooler Gallery, musicians and sound artists are invited to create, compose, and imagine new works for 2-weeks in the Catskill mountains. The summer session creates space for connecting with nature, experimenting with new modes of working, and actively developing projects. The theming this season will be “Music After Us” and the artists will be encouraged (but not required) to work together to dig deep on this theme and create new works.

Please note that we are closely monitoring the global COVID-19 pandemic and will postpone the summer session dates if the situation is still unsafe in any way. Health and economic well-being will always take priority! 

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Music is an ephemeral art. But what happens after we are no longer here?  Is it possible to create music that will outlast us? Something that speaks to a larger set of ideals outside the frameworks of human society? Will the wind and the waves be the new musicians? Will the trees, insects, mushrooms, and mollusks be listening?

In collaboration with Brooklyn-based Cooler Gallery, Musicians and sound artists are invited to create, compose, and imagine new works for 2-weeks in the Catskill mountains. The summer session creates space for connecting with nature, experimenting with new modes of working, and actively developing projects. The theming this season will be “Music After Us” and the artists will be encouraged (but not required) to work together to dig deep on this theme and create new works.

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Who is this for?

Who is this for?

This free summer program is available to artists working in primarily audio mediums, but we are open to others who wish to dig into the theme. The multidisciplinary environment is designed to foster new connections and ideas, and the nature of the communal space makes it best suited for those who are excited to collaborate and connect over shared meals. Residents should have at least some physical component to how their work manifests or is performed (meaning, it is not purely digital). While most past residents have come from formal art backgrounds, we encourage musicians or creatives from professional fields looking to deepen a developed practice or specific project to apply.

By participating in the free program, residents agree to share artifacts or documentation of their project with Cooler Gallery and the Shell House for the purposes of documenting and sharing. 

What's included?

  • Free lodging. There are three private rooms and a shared loft equipped with comfortable necessities and desks. The property itself is 5 acres, including a large patio and lawn, as well as a small forested area in a remote area.
  • Resources for connecting with the Catskills community, including farm or mycology tours, gallery exhibitions, and studio tours.
  • Group critiques where participants are encouraged to discuss their work and share constructive feedback for others.
  • Open House event where friends, family, and the local community are invited to join and enjoy the outputs from the summer program. 
  • Recording/Videography of the final projects at the end of the residency.

What's not included?

What's not included?

  • Separate studio spaces.
  • Materials and supplies.
  • Unless otherwise mentioned on the schedule, residents are required to provide their own meals and drinks. There is a grocery store nearby, 
  • Transportation. The Shell House is approximately 3 hours from NYC and unfortunately not serviced by train. We will do our best to help you with arrangements however.

Applications open

Applications open

March 16 - April 27, 2020

Final selections

Final selections

May 17, 2020

May 17, 2020

Residency dates

Residency dates

July 25 - August 9, 2020

Want help with your application? Our partnership with WIP Projects gives you access to one-on-one writing advice and professional artist mentorship. 

Please note that we are closely monitoring the global COVID-19 pandemic and will postpone the summer session dates if the situation is still unsafe in any way. Health and economic well-being will always take priority! 

APPLY NOW

Want help with your application? Our partnership with WIP Projects gives you access to one-on-one writing advice and professional artist mentorship. 

APPLY NOW