The Bowers House Week Residency
A place to write and film and create. To find and renew creativity while surrounded by spiral-vined gardens, creaky wraparound porches and towering magnolias. To walk among the whispers of friendly ghosts and pastoral splendor. Quiet nights and productive, inspiring days, imaginative minds awakening, sweet music originating, the savory aroma of a country meal, the satisfaction of a finished page or canvas. The Bowers House Creative Retreat offers customized workspace for artists and academic residency programs in literature, music and some fine art disciplines. We are currently accepting applications for minimum one week group or single residencies, where baths and kitchens are shared and clean up is essential. Resident members agree to provide for film and audio programming a recap or focus of their creative work via readings, concerts, public performances interviews workshop directorships or lessons for BOWERS HOUR, the fundraising programming program that keeps the facility on a perpetual operation. Visiting guests may be present, and room and facility rentals keep the lights on in the 100 year old hotel, and cooperation and quiet consideration of work day time is observed by all who stay here. We welcome collaborative production and cosponsorship when possible with the missionl of one day being able to provide this opportunity to those who might night be otherwise able to have this residency experience.
100 Depot Street
The Bowers House Box 74
Canon, GA 30520
Residency Program Information
Residency Program Summary
We have begun to accommodate music, film, theater and group arts residencies to augment our founding as a writers retreat 12 years ago. We provide bed and breakfast type housing to help finance residencies and keep housing costs as low as possible. We consider each artist individually and each proposal fully, and give priority to minority, multicultural, LGBTQ, and underserved resident applicants that show promise at any stage in their career. Group residency and retreat proposals provide a greater resident discount per person up to ten with shared rooms or six single rooms with 4 shared baths, 2 kitchens. We sometimes cosponsor an event and preference is also given to unique or valuable programming proposals during the residency.
per week second week $300, this residency requires an automobile but we will consider accommodating transportation in some instances or food allowances based on needs and proposals for group or individual residencies and possible fee deductions.
We also accept proposals for 3 day residencies and group retreats at approximately $75 per participant per night with some advance booking.
We offer groups entire facilities rental with onsite staff and meal preparation and transportation in some instances. The Bowers House hopes one day to provide residencies at no cost to qualified underserved community members, minorities, and multicultural groups that can bring variety and substance to our BOWERS HOUR production.
REQUIRES ASSISTANCE, one step up entry wide doors/ claw foot tub on main floor
ground floor/ common areas only, wheelchair requires caregiver no fee.
Housing & Accomodation
Studio & Facilities
Each room has a writing/work desk and special floorcoverings may be provided. Porches provide work space during certain times of year. We film and audio record music and theatre performances and can provide music, writing and film instructors and ambassadors under some conditions or during an accepted co-sponsored group retreat or residency. Please feel free to call to ask questions before submitting your proposal.
Addition buildings can be rented for public performances only steps from the facility and co-sponsored opportunities are available when used in Bowers Hour programming, which final episode is provided for artists use and promotion as well. We often open performances outside where audience sits on lawn during the production. The interior of the old hotel is often used by film and video photography residents, documentarians and historians as a backdrop during presentations and workshops or for filmed theatre resident productions of their work. We can arrange additional services like Lake Hartwell day trips or State Park outings, and and outparcel of Bower's land offers a quiet interior forest setting a block or so away. The 2 acre grounds and gardens and small 1920s style downtown vista and plenty of outside room to spread out gives natural workshop space about half of the year. We are under construction on our 100 year old 2500 SF future workspace adjacent to the old hotel which will be completed in 2024.