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On the guided hike to Monastiraki
The music room
Shared open format studio
Reduction woodblock printing during the workshop
Group excursion to Mochlos island

Mudhouse Residency

The Mudhouse Residency is designed to provide a cultural immersion: living, working and dining in the mountain village of Agios Ioannis, Crete. The residency is inclusive to a number of artistic disciplines, with the facilities to accommodate studio artists, photographers, writers, choreographers and composers. Meals are served family style and group trips have been organized to tour the ancient Minoan ruins at Mochlos, visit the Florentine monastery at Toplou, swim in the blue green waters of the Libyan sea and hike across the Thripti mountain range. Artists are invited to present a slideshow lecture or reading on their work for fellow residents, and participate in a closing exhibition at the Residency’s conclusion.

The Mudhouse will host two sessions in 2018, June 18- July 2 and July 9- July 23. Submissions will be accepted and reviewed in three rounds, or until all Residency positions have been filled. Deadlines for application submissions to the 2018 Summer Residencies are October 15, January 15, and April 15.
Artists must apply online at our website:http://www.mudhouseresidency.com/apply/ The application process is free and open to all. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Location

Agios Ioannis, Crete: Greece

Agios Ioannis is 9km from the coast, up a twisting mountain road, and at 500m above sea level boasts an impressive view of the Libyan sea. To the east the road leads to the village of Schinokapsala and crosses Pshiro hamlet, with a natural spring that feeds into the largest waterfall on the island and the only pine tree forest on Crete. The western road passes through goat grazing lands and olive tree orchards, over the Thripti mountains where it is possible at the narrowest span to see both the East and West coastlines of Crete. The village of Agios Ioannis dates back to the 15th century.  In the 1950’s, when irrigation systems brought fresh water from the mountains to the coast, the village became largely uninhabited and many of the stone and mud structures fell into ruin. The Mudhouse is one of the few renovated structures in the village to utilize traditional Cretan construction methods, as it's walls are made of silt and stone.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 14 days
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 12-14
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 40
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 267

Eligibility

  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Our final deadline for applications to the 2018 Residency sessions will be April 15, 2018. We will be reviewing applications as they are received. Please apply online through our website: http://www.mudhouseresidency.com/apply/

  • Application deadline: April 15
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:
    Our final application deadline for the 2018 season is April 15, 2018, and we will be reviewing applications as they are submitted. We are accepting 14 artists for each session. A place in the Residency is only secured by submitting the deposit of half the Residency fee. The remainder of the residency fee will be due May 15, 2018.

Past Residents & Quotes

“Jenny and Varvara created a unique environment that I have never found equalled in the twenty years of my life I have participated in art programs: hands-off, and yet structured; never pushing, instead, inspiring. My goal for the Mudhouse Residency was to regain my confidence in painting and drawing from direct observation by taking classes with Jenny, and by working in the studio, to rediscover my artistic self-discipline (lapsed since my full time job began). It’s hard to explain how being in Agios Ioannis inspires and focuses you—it’s an exquisitely beautiful place, and the Mudhouse itself has to be seen to be believed. During my time there, I could channel that incredible sensory overload of being in a simultaneously new and very old and beautiful place into making artwork. It was as though everything else became quiet. The Mudhouse Residency was an incredible boost to my practice, I made more there in just two short weeks than I can in half a year at home, and I came back feeling relaxed but energized, focused and full of motivation to keep working.”
— Madeleine Boucher

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Artists are accommodated in the homes and guest homes of the village residents. Agios Ioannis has a large international community, with residents from Italy, France, England, and mainland Greece. Each residence was rebuilt from the ruins of the original stone village to the specific taste of the owner, and no two residences are alike. To navigate the village, artists must be able to climb stairs and tolerate heat and sunlight. Artists' workspace needs will be taken into account when determining accommodations. Linens are provided and laundry facilities are available. Most accommodations do not include Wifi, although Wifi is accessible at the taverna, day or night. Guests are not permitted during the residency session, but arrangements can be made for artists and guests that wish to stay additional days before or after the session. Pets are not allowed and smoking is not permitted inside the homes or studios.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    All Programs include the accommodations of the resident for the duration of the Residency, as well as a family style breakfast, lunch and dinner each day within the village. All allergies and dietary restrictions we are made aware of on the artist’s application will be adhered to.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
    The village is not handicap accessible. It is a 600 year old village built on the side of a mountain in rural Crete, and there are many steps and stairs throughout.
  • Studios/special equipment: Dance / Choreography, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Film / Digital editing, Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Photography (digital), Printmaking
  • Additional studio information: 
    The Studio Residency includes 24 hour access to a shared studio space equipped with natural light, cross ventilation and electrical outlets, tables, chairs, and easels. Dancers and choreographers are provided use of a separate space with lynium flooring . Access to the Music house concert hall and grand piano is available to one composer-in-residence per session.
  • Other facilities and services: There are no art supply stores in the village. The nearest town, Ierapetra, has a print and stationary store, with a small cache of elementary art supplies. Artists are encouraged to bring supplies with them. The Mudhouse has easels, tables, chairs, drawing boards, newsprint, lightweight drawing paper, a collection of pencils, pens and charcoal, odorless turpentine, jars, rags and palette paper. Printmaking supplies will be provided for printmaking workshops.

Residency Fees

The Studio Residency program is $2200 USD and the Independent Residency Program is $1800 USD. The Studio Residency is designed for professional artists with an established studio practice seeking the time and space to realize an individual project. The Studio Residency includes 24 hour access to a shared studio space equipped with natural light, cross ventilation and electrical outlets, tables, chairs, and easels. Dancers and choreographers are provided use of a separate space with lynium flooring . Access to the Music house concert hall and grand piano is available to one composer-in-residence per session. Studio residents are warmly invited to present an artist's lecture within the duration of the Residency and participate in the Residency's closing Exhibition. The Independent Residency provides the time and structure to focus on a non-studio based project, be it a novel, screenplay, video, or photographic series. Crete is a visual feast for the eyes, arresting in natural beauty but also a complex system of modern life existing in the footprints of ancient civilizations. Hike across olive orchards or spend the time contentedly holed up in the peaceful solitude of the mountain village of Agios Ioannis. The village is abundant in charming gardens and writing nooks. The Mudhouse is pleased to host a reading, screening or viewing of works in progress as desired. The Independent Resident also has the opportunity to contribute to the closing Mudhouse Residency Exhibition. All Programs include the accommodations of the resident for the duration of the Residency, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner each day within the village. There is also the opportunity to sign up for workshops in printmaking and video editing, and to join in group excursions, for an additional fee.

Stipends / other support

While we don't offer any funding through the Residency itself, we are committed to assisting applicants in discovering grants and stipend opportunities through outside organizations, as well as providing an official letter of acceptance as needed. As an artist run organization, we strive to keep the residency program affordable for both emerging and established artists. Private donors support the maintenance of the studio building and allow us to keep the cost of the residency down.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Artists are invited to present a slideshow lecture or reading of their work for fellow residents, and participate in a closing exhibition at the Residency’s conclusion.

Contact Information

420 East 64th Street
E 10B
New York, New York 10065
United States