Brightwork Fellowship Program

The application period for the Brightwork Fellowship Program is now closed. 

About the Brightwork Fellowship Program

The Brightwork Fellowship Program 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 a semi-private 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 skills.

Who we’re looking for

Brightwork Fellows are visual artists that meet the following criteria:

  • Display obvious talent and individual vision.
  • Are creating original work both in concept and production.
  • Are generous, industrious, and creative thinkers.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work and get along with a variety of other individuals in a semi-private studio environment.
  • Do not currently have access to a public studio space, home studios do not disqualify applicants.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to their practice through an existing body of work.

Requirements and eligibility

  • Applicants may not be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program during the time of the residency. Applicants may be enrolled in such programs during the application process. Doctoral candidates that have finished all coursework may apply.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age.
  • Fellows are expected to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week in their studio. Studios have 24 hour access.
  • Applicants are expected to participate in service learning projects. Each fellow is required to lead a series of weekly art classes held at our community partner, Neighbor to Neighbor. Teaching responsibilities rotate among fellows.
  • Midterm event: Halfway into their residency each fellow is required to stage an event at Anchorlight. This event must be open to the public and relate to the fellow’s skill set and professional interests.
  • Solo exhibition: Each fellow is required to stage a solo exhibition at the Anchorlight to coincide with the end of their fellowship.

Materials and Supplies

The Brightwork Fellowship Program does not provide materials or supplies. Fellows are expected to provide their own materials and equipment. Studios are not equipped with sinks. Fellows may use the common area work sink shared with other Anchorlight artists. Specialized equipment requires prior approval. Equipment or materials that produce fumes requiring special ventilation, smoke, fire, excessive dust, or permanent damage to the facilities are not permitted.

Questions about the program? Email program director Shelley Smith, shelley@anchorlightraleigh.com.