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Cone of Nails by Lily Erb

Cone of Nails / Lily Erb / 2013

Art residencies can be applied for on a continuing basis through to November, with no fixed deadline. The normal period is 2-4 weeks, though extensions are possible. Free accommodation is provided either in the Writers/Artists Cabin, The Stables cottage, the Airstream, the Barn (shared) or camping. Communal vegetarian meals may be available. Small stipend possible but not guaranteed. The goal of the residency program is to create a vibrant changing artistic community, and to create pieces that can help establish the reputation of Yellow Bird, currently in its gestation phase. While the barn (Wild Goat Gallery I) offers opportunities for indoor pieces and installations, outdoor pieces are most easily accommodated (Wild Goat Gallery II) for permanent display. The expectation is that each resident artist will leave behind at least one piece, to be featured on the online Wild Goat Gallery. And offer an end-of-residency event. Other outdoor pieces (such as large sculptures), whether made here or not, may be offered for sale in Wild Goat Gallery II.   All media supported, including film, photography, sound art, mixed media etc. Materials available: wood, stone, earth, local scrap yard. We will pay reasonable materials costs. Tools available: expanding workshop with various hand and power tools, esp. saws. Basic studio space. Applicants with construction and/or landscaping/gardening skills may also be considered if there is space. Yellow Bird is 2 miles from the nearest town (Woodbury), which even boasts an Arts Center! Having your own transport is a real plus. Previous artists-in-residence have given workshops at the Vanderbilt Art Department (Nashville).

We have room here for a maximum of 4+ people at a time in some comfort.

NOTE: This program is being opened up to explore the broader sense of Place through this specific place called Yellow Bird. I want to inventory the plants, the animals, local community (interviewing people), history (Native American, Civil War), geology and so on. The idea is that our sense of Place is deepened by knowledge and attention. Residencies will be available for people wanting to pursue these different avenues. Images and texts will be published on the expanded website, with acknowledgement. Writers too welcome (fiction, non-fiction).

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In addition to this Residency Program, there are

  • wwoofing opportunities (for art/sustainability volunteers) – see  (Yellow Bird Farm – Zip 37190)
  • opportunities for hosting retreats, weekend workshops, day visits and other art events
  • The Writers/Artists Cabin, and The Stables Cottage are also available to rent through Airbnb – Zip 37190


Residency Program – How to Apply

Please send the following materials by email to David Wood at No deadline.

1. Brief vita

2. Images of previous work

3. Two letters of recommendation (sent directly from letter-writers)

4. Description of possible project(s) proposed for Yellow Bird

5. Period you would like to stay

6. Any special requirements

7. Any websites that feature you or your work

8. Any questions you might have