Drop Forge & Tool’s Creative Residencies are open to artists and makers of all disciplines, backgrounds, and skill levels, who seek time and space away from their daily lives to focus on their creative process. We have two residency spaces located in the city of Hudson, New York. Hudson is ~2 hrs north of New York City, by car or by train.
Since we opened our doors in 2015 over 300 artists and makers have stayed with us and worked in our spaces.
Our emphasis is on collaborative process and new work development. We prioritize residency applications as follows:
1) Collaborative Group: A group of two or more artists looking for residency time for concentrated collaborative work on the same project.
2) Co-working Group: A group of two or more artists who are would like to share residency time and space together, but are not necessarily collaborating on the same project.
3) Individual Artists: Limited availability. Artists willing to share the residency space with one or more other artists are welcome to apply. Individual artists sharing space with other artists they do not know will have their own bedroom.
Residencies for groups are available for varied lengths of time, from just a few days to a few weeks. We can accommodate 2-10 artists at a time -- or more, if you’re good friends!
For artists who would like an opportunity to show their work-in-progress to a friendly, supportive community, we can host a performance, open studio, or other type of showing, either in the DF&T space, or with a local partner. In the past, we’ve had theater performances, house concerts, book release parties, open readings, small gallery viewings and open studios.
The base residency fee is $175 per person per week, with discounts offered for collaborative groups of 3 or more. The fee helps us cover our direct costs, and includes basic breakfast supplies and one dinner per week with the directors. We reserve one space each residency period for artists or collaborative groups who do not have funding and cannot afford the full fee.
Residents are responsible for taking everyday care of the residency space, doing basic household chores (like dishes, cleaning and taking out the trash), and helping with seasonal work like snow shoveling or gardening where needed.
We are open year-round, and are currently taking applications for:
Winter 2020 January thru April
There is no fee to apply. Winter applications are due September 30.
(You can preview an application HERE but you must fill out an application online to apply.)
Collaborative and Co-Working groups should designate one person to fill out the application on the group’s behalf.
If you have any questions about the Residency Application, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aitken Avenue Residency Space (opened in Feb 2015):
Private ground floor apartment with large common spaces, fully furnished and recently renovated, with access to Attic Workshop Space. For more photos, check out our AirBnB listing.
Located about 1 mile from the Warren Street Residency Space. Easily walkable in 15 minutes, or short 5 minute drive.
Comfortably accommodates 3-5 artists (or more if you’re good friends). Good for small collaborative groups who plan to use the Attic Workshop, for large groups who are using both the Warren Street and Aitken Avenue Residency Spaces, or individual artists who can live/work in their bedrooms or the shared common areas.
3 Bedrooms. One bedroom has a double bed, one has two twin beds, and one has one single bed. We also have a pull-out couch and air mattresses, to accommodate larger groups.
Common spaces include: comfortably furnished living room with TV (Roku only), dining room with a table that can seat up to 10 people, large kitchen, and open middle room configurable for studio work.
2 full baths, one in the first floor and one in the Attic.
Access to high-speed Internet.
Recently tuned piano with only a few sticky keys.
Attic Workshop Space (at Aitken Avenue):
1,000 sq ft open workshop space with 12 ft ceilings and large windows with great views.
Optional padded floor tiles for theater or movement work.
Microwave, mini-fridge, and electric kettle.
Warren Street Residency Space (opened in Sep 2017):
Private, newly renovated 4-bedroom duplex on 2nd & 3rd floor above DF&T’s main commercial space on Warren Street. For more photos, check out our AirBnB listing.
Comfortably accommodates 4-7 artists (or more if you’re good friends). Good for small collaborative groups that can use shared common areas, for large groups that are using both the Warren Street and Aitken Avenue Residency Spaces, or for individual artists who can live/work in their bedrooms or the shared common areas.
4 bedrooms. Each bedroom has a full-size bed, seating area, and desk. The large bedroom can convert into 2 semi-private rooms, with a couch that converts to a single bed. We also have a pull-out couch and air mattresses, to accommodate larger groups.
Common spaces include a large living/dining room with a table that can seat up to 10 people and comfortable couches and easy chairs, large kitchen, large deck just outside the kitchen, and open back yard.
2 full baths, one on each floor.
Access to high-speed Internet.
First floor classroom spaces are sometimes available for artist workspace and work-in-progress showings, depending on workshop programs on the calendar.