Anchorlight is a creative space, founded with the intent of fostering artists at varying stages of their development. Anchorlight provides a combination of artist studios, residency opportunities, and exhibition space. Through the establishment of an internal community of artists, designers, and craftspeople, Anchorlight encourages mentorship and the cross-pollination of knowledge and skills. In this way we strive to enhance the cultural environment of the surrounding community and our city as a whole.
Anchorlight is home to 24 artist studios. Studios are semi-private and have 24 hour access.
There are no studio vacancies at this time. When a studio becomes available a call for applications will be made through our email newsletter and social media. New tenants are selected by a rotating panel.
Anchorlight hosts two Open House events every year, one May and one in December. At these events our artists open their studios for the public to visit. For more information on programming at Anchorlight please see our Events page.
The Brightwork Fellowship is a residency program located within Anchorlight that focuses on service, leadership, and professional development in the visual arts. The Fellowship provides opportunities to artists through exhibition, group critique, community engagement, and service learning experiences. Brightwork Fellows receive an individual studio as well as shared community work space in which to make their work uninterrupted for a period of one year. This combination of private and shared space fosters an environment of community support, the sharing of knowledge, discourse, and skill.
Anchorlight Wilmington is a short-term artistic activation of space in downtown Wilmington that seeks to contribute to the vibrant arts community through exhibitions, residency opportunities and community programming. Located at 1 S. Front St., the project is an extension of the creative space in Raleigh, N.C. called Anchorlight that is home to artist studios, exhibitions and production space. Developer James Goodnight has partnered with regional artists to provide unique opportunities that engage the community on universal themes through the making and exhibition of art.
Paradigm Shifts of Public Spaces: Wilmington by Alexandria P. Clay and Anthony Patterson. Presented by the Black on Black Project.
Opening Reception: Friday August 2, 6:00-9:00pm
4th Friday Art Walk: Friday August 23, 6:00-9:00pm
Closing Reception: Friday August 30, 6:00-9:00pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 1:00-4:00pm
Paradigm shift: An important change that happens when the usual way of thinking about or doing something is replaced by a new and different way.
In "Paradigm Shifts of Public Spaces: Wilmington," artists Alexandria P. Clay and Anthony Patterson examine what happens to African-American public spaces after a paradigm shift disrupts communities. Using the Wilmington race riot of 1898 and the Wilmington Ten as catalysts, the artists present their take on public spaces that provided comfort and support, and prioritized African-American identities during those respective times. Through collages and paintings, Clay and Patterson examine these spaces before and after the events. #PSPSWilmington #ALWilmington
Through the exhibition, Clay continues her work dissecting public spaces and if they reflect all citizens, while Patterson continues his examination of how history in our state manifests in different ways today.
Anthony Patterson is the current Black On Black Project/Durham Art Guild Artist in Residence.
Solo exhibition of site-specific installation and mixed media handmade paper works by Ann Marie Kennedy
September 6-October 4
Opening Reception: Friday September 6, 6:00-9:00pm
Gallery and mailing address: 1407 STE. 100 S. Bloodworth St. Raleigh, NC 27610
Hours: By appointment only with the exception of special events. See the “Events” page of this website to view upcoming special events. Contact us using the form below to make an appointment.
Accessibility: The accessible entrance to our gallery is one door down from the main gallery entrance. Accessible parking is available. The accessible entrance to the classroom in 1401 S. Bloodworth St. is on Hoke St. If you are planning a visit and have questions about accessibility please contact us using the form below.