Makers Circle


Makers Circle inspires and empowers photographers and makers through retreats, residencies, workshops, and salons. Located in Southern Appalachia, 30 minutes from Asheville NC, artists come here to experience the beauty and power of place while being supported within the context of a small, intimate, supportive community.

Our residencies are open to photographers, and makers at all skill levels looking to incubate, grow or launch a personal body of work or a creative community project.

While Makers Circle is open to all visual artists and new media practitioners, our residencies are strongly focused on the needs of photographers and mixed-media artists and makers. Created to fill the need for more opportunities for photographers and mixed-media artists, Makers Circle has fully equipped darkrooms for silver and alternative processes, an expansive digital studio, as well as indoor and outdoor spaces for messy projects.

Makers Circle is directed by a team of devoted photographers, makers, and community organizers who are passionate about the creative process. What makes us unique? The care, attention, guidance, and support we offer photographers and makers of all levels.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation:

Makers Circle is an innovative arts organization that designs and implements community-based art projects in partnership with non-arts organizations. We have a deep passion for cross-sector collaboration and believe that the fastest and most sustainable way to create positive, lasting and systemic change is through the creative and cooperative sharing of resources and community wisdom.

Makers Circle passionately believes in the power of art, and the creative process to transform lives and communities. Supporting artists is at the center of our mission.

Organisation founded in: 2015
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
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: 4
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Textile Art
  • Music
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): All housing costs for retreats and residencies are subsidized. While it is our desire to support and inspire all makers who need our support, we are a new program and have a limited number of full and partial scholarships available. Makers Circle acknowledges the financial and cultural inequity that exists in many arts institutions and is committed to extending our resources to support people from communities that have been marginalized, oppressed or economically disadvantaged. We are actively fundraising and hope to build an additional scholarship program very soon. If you need a full or partial scholarship, please don’t hesitate to inquire.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Production costs
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Asheville Regional Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Spartanburg, SC
    Street & Number: 902 CODY RD
    Postal Code: 28753
    City: MARSHALL
    Country long: United-States
    902 CODY RD
    MARSHALL 28753 USA
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