Fibers Residency Opportunities

We currently have no fibers opportunities available. Feel free to submit an application for future offerings, using the information below.

The start of a weaving project tied up on a loom.
The start of a weaving project tied up on a loom.

Interested in the perks of a fibers residency, but want to work with children? Check out our youth-focused residency opportunities, where your service hours primarily come from working with kids!

In the Weaving department, we have more than 60 looms, including floor looms (4-shaft, 6-shaft, and 8-shaft), table looms, inkle looms, and rigid heddle looms. We also have sewing machines and a variety of tools suitable for fabric arts. Ample garden space is available for the resident interested in cultivating dye plants for personal use or for class projects.

The local fibers community offers many diverse opportunities. Access Arts has a long-standing relationship with the Columbia Weavers & Spinners Guild, a varied group of more than 100 fiber artists. Many of these artists enjoy collaborating with Access Arts Resident Artists, and are eager to work out community projects and teaching workshops. One of the benefits to Access Arts' program is this collaboration and how it enables students to experience a diverse range of techniques and access the extensive guild library. This network also is a benefit to Resident Artists in that it allows a greater range of options for developing their work.

Spinning wheels lined up next to each other.
Spinning wheels lined up next to each other.

Apply Today

Fill out the Artist in Residence application and return to us along with:

  • Cover letter describing your reasons for applying for this opportunity and how it would aid the Access Arts mission and your personal goals as an artist

  • 10-20 Images of Previous Work (attach to email, provide URL, or include CD or DVD — these materials will not be returned)

  • Artist’s statement

  • Detailed description of the project/work you wish to develop while in residency

  • Resume including detailed information on your previous experience with the media you wish to pursue at Access Arts and your community involvement