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 offers semi-private individual studios for artists and designers. Our building has high open ceilings and skylights. Studios are equipped with either LED strip lights or fluorescent shop lights with natural daylight bulbs. There are shared common sinks and flexible gallery space for exhibitions or pop-up events. Anchorlight studios range from 145-500 square feet.
**All of our studios are currently occupied.
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.
Heavy Color/Nothing Much by former Brightwork Fellow Cliff Elliott.
Opening reception: Fourth Friday June 28,
Closing reception: Fourth Friday July 26,
Gallery hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 1:00-4:00pm, also by appointment
Cliff Elliott’s prints and collages act as a means to express touchstones of personal experience and explore the question, “How does one function as an ever-changing self in an ever-changing world?”
Cliff Elliott, Different People, Digital collage, 2016
Paradigm Shifts of Public Spaces by Alexandria P. Clay and Anthony Patterson, Presented by The Black on Black Project
Opening reception: Friday August 2, 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.