South Porch Artists Residency

South Porch Artists Residency

Summerville, SC, United States

South Porch Artists Residency is a retreat space for working artists, scholars and clergy to pursue creative projects. Located on an historic property in downtown Summerville, SC, South Porch immerses residents in the evocative setting of a small Southern town, just half an hour from downtown Charleston. Up to six residents at a time are offered comfortable lodgings and studio work space, either in our 1835 Main House or contemporary Cottage Studio. Residents apply for stays of one, two, three or four weeks, arriving and departing on a Monday. For more information see our website:

   We believe that artists, writers, scholars and clergy – while often undervalued – provide essential services to our community, and to each of us as human beings. They uncover the universe, reveal our common humanity, expose injustice, point to reconciliation, and nurture our hearts, minds and spirits. Our mission is to support the essential work of these makers and thinkers by offering them dedicated space, time and community, and to enrich the people of the Lowcountry and our residents through personal and cultural exchange. At South Porch we are guided by the values of inclusion, community, caring and creativity. 

   Artists and thinkers, ages 21+, ranging from emerging to established and working in variety of genres are welcome to apply. 


516 Central Ave
Summerville, SC 29483
United States

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
1 week - 4 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
May apply as a team
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Visual Arts
Book Arts
Costume/Fashion Design
Digital Fabrication
Fine Metals/Jewelry
Paper Arts
Literary Nonfiction
New Genres
Performance Art
Augmented Reality
Digital Media
Electronic Arts
Moving Image
Multimedia Arts
Sound Art
Virtual Reality
Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Environmental Arts
Landscape Architecture
Social Practice
Urban Planning/Design
Art Conservation
Art Education
Art History
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Spouses/partners allowed for full stay (non-collaborators)
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Donate a work of art
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Teach in studio
Lead workshop for the public
Lead workshop for fellow residents
Lead a skill share
How does your residency program support artists?
Immersion in new culture and/context
Unstructured time
Access to studio space to create new work
Inspiration from natural environment
Inspiration from cultural context
Opportunities to develop relationships with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to collaborate with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to collaborate with other artists/residents
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
Opportunities for work with the local community
Additional Eligibility Information

Working artists, scholars, arts administrators and clergy, 21 or older, are welcome to apply. Applicants are required to complete a brief form describing themselves, their work, and what they hope to accomplish during their residency. All applicants must agree to uphold our values of inclusion, community, caring, and creativity. 


Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

South Porch is committed to keeping our residency fees as affordable as possible. One week = $275. Two weeks = $499. Three weeks = $699. Four weeks = $799. 

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Manual / handbook before arrival
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Staff/volunteer reading information aloud
Staff/volunteer giving directions
Staff/volunteer providing guidance to help locate facilities or activities
Contact info for accessibility requests for event/programming
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Partially Accessible
Additional Accessibility Information

The campus on South Porch is divided into three main areas: the 1835 Main House, the contemporary Cottage Studio and an acre of grounds. The Cottage Studio offers an ADA compliant bedroom, bathroom and shower as well as ADA access to the Cottage's kitchen and ground floor Studio making space and the building's front porch. The Main House provides an ADA compliant ramp for access to the ground floor common spaces of the dining room, kitchen, and front porch. The grounds provide a paved walk connecting the Cottage Studio and the Main House. 

Accessibility Contact Name
Brad Erickson
Accessibility Contact Email
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

Artists with limited mobility are accommodated in our contemporary Cottage Studio which is equipped with an ADA compliant bedroom facility, bathroom and shower, as well as ADA access to the Cottage's kitchen and ground floor Studio space. Those with limited ability have access, via a paved walkway and exterior ramp to the Main House and its ground floor common spaces including the kitchen, dining room, salons and front porch. 

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.

The historic Main House offers three second floor bedrooms to residents which are accessed only by an indoor stairway. The Cottage Studio, in addition to its ground floor making space also offers a second floor shared studio space which is accessible only by an exterior staircase. The acres of grounds contain a paved walkway connecting the Cottage Studio and the Main House and are otherwise covered by a grassy lawn, trees, and gardens. 

Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Accessible Housing
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Case by case consideration
Accessible Communal Spaces
ADA Compliant
Common/Communal Spaces Information

The ground floor common spaces of the historic Main House are accessible by an exterior ramp that connects with the paved walkway to the Cottage Studio and its ADA compliant accommodations. The Main House common spaces include a large kitchen, dining room, two salons and a front porch. The Cottage Studio has an accessible shared kitchen/living space and its own shared front porch. 

Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry on campus
WIFI available in housing
Air Conditioned Housing
Meals Provided
Some meals (at least 2 meals provided)
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Additional Meals Information
Vegan meal options can be requested
Vegetarian meal options can be requested
Gluten-free meal options can be requested
Food allergies and restrictions can be accommodated
Computer/Internet Access
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Facilities Details

The Cottage Studio contains two primary making spaces. One, ADA accessible on the ground floor, is a shared workspace with approximately 700 square feet of open space. It is equipped with work tables and slop sinks. On the second floor, there is an additional 1500 square feet of shared space and semi-private alcoves with abundant natural light. Each private bedroom is equipped with a writing a desk. Additionally, residents are welcome to use common areas (porches, salons, dining areas) for writing, drawing and study. 

Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Shared Studios
Music/Media Studio Non-recording
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Large Sinks
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Studio Support/Tech
No studio support provided
Air Conditioned
Heat and Cool control access
Additional Studio Information

Residents are asked to bring their own supplies, other than those listed above. Residents may ship supplies to South Porch for arrival up to one week in advance of their stay.