Name of Residency: Mountainside Artist Residency

As an emerging community-based organization, Azule has developed a retreat and residency program for craftsmen, writers, architects, builders, researchers, and artists of all types. Azule’s mission is to provide an environment where artists and community meet, work and learn together through the arts in their many forms. Located in Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, our facility is the result of decades of work by local craftsmen, using predominantly locally harvested or reused materials and constructed with traditional techniques.

Residents are each provided a private room with a bed, work space, and expansive views of our Appalachian mountains. The remainder of the structure is communal and includes a full kitchen, dining area, library, and various side rooms and open spaces that serve as work space, gathering space, and studio space as needed.

We invite residents to join us to enjoy a retreat from everyday life where there is time and space to relax, dream, and create. We now accept and process applications on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

Residency Programme since: 2001
Description of Organisation:

The mission of AZULE is “To Provide An Environment Where Artists and Community Meet, Work And Learn Together Through The Arts In Their Many Forms.”

Azule started as a dream of Camille and David Shafer, and the structure began taking shape when they moved to the land in 1972. The land and structure were generously donated to become the organization that exists today. Azule now supports gatherings, workshops, and a year-round residency/retreat program nestled remotely in the mountains of Western North Carolina.


Organisation founded in: 2005
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: 3
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Education Programmes
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Musical-instruments
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): One private room is $45 per night. Double occupancy (resident +1) is $67.50 a night. Residents also have a more affordable option of spending $35 per night in one of the bunk beds. Please inquire about group rates or retreat reservations.
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Asheville/Hendersonville airport
    Nearest Train Station: Greyhound buses available to Asheville.
    How to reach by plane: Asheville/Hendersonville airport is one hour away. Area shuttle services are available for transportation to and from airportGreenville/Spartanburg SC, Knoxville TN, and Charlotte NC airports are cheaper options but we can?t guarantee shuttle options.
    How to reach by train: No train. You may arrive by Greyhound bus in Asheville, NC. If you are arriving by plane in Asheville, we have a list of shuttle options available for you to arrange your ride to Azule.
    How to reach by car: 6 miles from Hot Springs, NC45 miles (one hour) North of Asheville, NC
    Street & Number: 190 Rabbit Den Rd
    Postal Code: 28743
    City: Hot Springs
    Country long: United-States
    190 Rabbit Den Rd
    Hot Springs 28743 USA
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