As an emerging community-based organization, Azule has developed a retreat and residency program for performers, writers, architects, builders, musicians, 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 on 35 rural acres 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, a separate workspace, 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.
Our residencies range in length from 4 days to 4 weeks. Please indicate your preferred amount of time on your application.
Number of Residents
Due to the number of bedrooms at Azule and in order to provide each resident with ample space to work, we only accept 1-5 residents, with an average of 2-3 residents at any point in time. If you would specifically like to apply for a time frame where you will be at Azule at the same time as another resident, please indicate this on your application and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
We accept applications throughout the year. Our review committee reviews applications only four times annually; March 1st, May 1st, August 15th, November 15th
In addition to hosting artist residencies, Azule occasionally hosts shorter events such as potlucks and weekend skillshares. These events can bring in larger groups that will share the Azule space for the duration of the event. Artists in residence are welcome and encouraged to join in on these events