Rokeby Artist Lab, at Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, is a four-day intensive of workshops and discussions designed to foster the integration of history and contemporary art into an artist’s practice. Participating artists will learn how to use Rokeby Museum’s historic site and extensive archives to make artwork that picks up the unfinished work of history and fosters civic engagement in social, economic, and environmental issues. Artists will participate in site-specific tours that connect contemporary issues of race, gender, and the land with comparable experiences by Rokeby’s 19th century residents. Artists will be invited to present a slideshow of their work; receive supportive, critical, curatorial feedback about their ideas; attend talks about contemporary issues and Rokeby Museum; and engage in dialogue with guest artists, museum staff, and the public.
Artists will complete the Lab with a project proposal for an art installation at Rokeby Museum in 2020, and a statement of practice that can be used proposing similar work at other sites.
Rokeby Artist Lab is intended for self-motivated artists, regardless of the stage in their career, who want to develop a practice of working with historic sites or history associations to create and present art that embeds itself in non-traditional spaces and speaks to a general community about contemporary issues.
Artists are responsible for their own travel, accommodations, and meals. The cost of Rokeby Artist Lab is $750, however no artist will be turned away for lack of funds and the organizers will work with artists to build a financial aid package.
Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, Vermont