The Roll Up CLT: Sabbatical for Black artists

Associated Residency Program

Prior to March 2020, The Roll Up CLT invited national artists to collaborate with Charlotte NC residents, local artists and programming staff to produce workshops, events and exhibitions in a shared space. Obviously, this model has required significant examination in today’s world– We acknowledge that we are currently living during a global pandemic and are expected to prioritize labor over humanity, all while an embedded anti-Blackness runs rampant across our systems, policies and institutions.

Today, The Roll Up CLT has been reimagined as a fully-funded six-month sabbatical program that creates time and space for rest, growth and self-revitalization so that Black artists can return to the Art world with a rejuvenated spirit and renewed sense of focus.

Rest @ The Roll Up CLT prioritizes radical rest for Black artists and their families by providing a free, safe housing solution with a studio space (furnished, 1000 sq ft 2 bedroom/1 bathroom), unstructured time and immersion in a new context. In addition to the housing accommodations, residents receive a $10,000 unrestricted honorarium, meal stipend, transportation stipend, material budget and a childcare stipend (if applicable) during their 6-month sabbatical. 

Artists are encouraged to rest, research and explore the collections inside The Roll Up CLT (including our robust library, vinyl collection, fine art collection and cultural artifacts). Within a year after their residency, resident artists share a statement about their experience, lead a post-residency public program and donate a work to the permanent collection of The Roll Up CLT for future residents, guests and neighbors to enjoy.

There is no application deadline
Residency Length
6 months - 1 year
Languages
English
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
1
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Discipline
Drawing
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Painting
Printmaking
Sculpture
Visual Arts
Blacksmithing
Book Arts
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Costume/Fashion Design
Digital Fabrication
Fine Metals/Jewelry
Glass Arts
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Woodworking
Criticism
Fiction
Journalism
Literary Nonfiction
Literature
New Genres
Nonfiction
Playwriting
Poetry
Screenwriting
Translation
Writing
Acting
Choreography
Dance
Performance Art
Theater
Music
Opera
Symphony
Animation
Augmented Reality
Computing
Digital Media
Documentary
Electronic Arts
Film
Moving Image
Multimedia Arts
Photography
Sound Art
TV + Radio
Virtual Reality
Graphic Design
Illustration
Industrial Design
Architecture
Environmental Arts
Landscape Architecture
Public Art
Social Practice
Storytelling
Urban Planning/Design
Biology
Ecology
Environmentalism/Conservation
Science
Art Conservation
Art Education
Art History
History
Mathematics
Philosophy
Companions
Pets (Non-service animals)
Country of Residence
Only open to artists based in country the program is located
Family Friendly
Spouses/partners allowed for full stay (non-collaborators)
Children allowed for full stay
Childcare stipend provided
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Donate a work of art
Give artist talk or presentation
Accessible Housing
Inaccessible
Meals Provided
Food stipend provided
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Washer And Dryer
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Inaccessible
Type of Housing
Private housing off campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Additional Eligibility Information

All applicants must:  

  • be at least 18 years of age by the time of submission
  • identify as Black, African American, African, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, or of the African diaspora
  • demonstrate a serious creative practice and with at least 5 years of professional experience

Rolling applications are accepted and will be considered for the upcoming term. 
Residency terms fall from May-November of each year. 
Application fee of $25 must be sent to paypal.me/therollupclt for application to be considered. Scholarships are available.

Rest @ The Roll Up CLT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) can be found HERE.

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
1
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
30
Artist Stipend
10000
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
2000
US Dollar (USD)
2000
US Dollar (USD)
2000
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
0
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
0
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

Application fee waivers are generally given to applicants who demonstrate financial need. 

Application Fee
25
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application