Marble House Project is a multi-disciplinary artist residency program that fosters collaboration & the exchange of ideas by providing an environment for artists across disciplines to live and work side by side. Our residency program is uniquely curated to bring together a diverse group of artists to facilitate exchange of different expertise, histories, techniques and perspectives.  With a focus on conservation of natural resources, integration of small-scale organic food production and the arts, residents sustain their growth by cultivating and participating in the surrounding grounds, working on their artistic vision and forging partnerships within the community. Marble House Project is founded on the belief that the act of creating, whether in the studio or in nature, is how human potential expands and community thrives. Marble House Project accepts approximately 56 artists from both the United States and abroad.  

We welcome any and all to apply because we are interested in a diverse group of applicants. Marble House Project does not  discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.  If you have any questions or need assistance in applying, please contact

Artist Residency

Marble House Project accepts approximately 56 artists from both the United States and abroad.  Each session hosts eight artists and is carefully curated to bring together a group of creative workers across various disciplines, who might collaborate and learn from one another.

Applications are accepted in all creative fields.  This includes but is not limited to visual arts, writing, choreography, music composition and performance.  There are six sessions and each session lasts for three weeks. The artist-in-residence season runs from mid-April through the end of October.  Each session has 8 artists, creating small, dynamic, interactive groups. Residents are selected by a jury process composed of past-years artist residents, staff and outside experts.  Artists are selected based on the quality and commitment to their work and their project description. It is important to note that each session is specifically curated in order to maximize the art residency experience for each individual artist.  

 All residents live together in the historic, eight-bedroom Manley-Lefevre house, which is organized around a responsibilities-sharing system, highlighting sustainability and fostering community. We provide fresh ingredients and all residents will be asked to cook dinner (in a pair) three to four times over the course of their residency. Group dinners take place each night Monday-Friday and feature food from our organic garden. As a resident, you are invited to help with planting, harvesting, and maintenance. Although not required, our hope is that you will spend some time in the garden alongside your studio practice. At the end of each session, artists are asked to present their work at ART SEED.  This takes the form of talks, performances and open studios. Again, participating in ART SEED is optional but allows our local rural community a glimpse into the process of artmaking. 

Marble House Project provides residents a private bedroom, food, studio space and artist support. Marble House Project does not cover the cost of travel or materials.  Once accepted, there is no cost to attend the residency.  For exact dates, more information and questions about the residency you can visit our FAQ page or contact

The fee to apply is $32.00. Applications will reopen in the fall of 2019 for residencies taking place in 2020

Family Friendly Residency

The family friendly residency will take place July 15th through July 30th, 2019.  

Marble House Project offers one session per season in our residency program that is family friendly. Accepted artists can bring their spouse/partner and children. Each family is provided with housing, studio space and food in a communal atmosphere. Art and ecology programming and other physical and enriching activities are provided for the children,(aged 3-14) weekdays, from 9 till 3pm.  Residents and their families have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of our agriculture program and learn more about sustainability and food production. MHP offers field trips for families to travel to local farms and museums.  Artists in residence present their work to the community through open studios and ART-Seed. If you are applying with both parents as artists, each parent needs to apply separately so we can properly allocate studio spaces unless you are applying collaboratively. There is a $200 fee for partners of artists who attend. Artists and their children attend for free.   Marble House Project thanks the Sustainable Arts Foundation for supporting the family friendly residency during the 2019 season!!

See what Cultural and Sheryl Oring have to say about the family friendly residency here

The fee to apply is $32.00. Applications will reopen in the fall of 2019 for residencies taking place in 2020

Culinary Arts Residency

The culinary artist residency runs concurrently with the artist residency so that both Chef and Artists can interact and learn from  one another.  Each culinary artist will have ample time to become familiar with Dorset and surrounding areas, meet farmers and other organic purveyors and delve into their own food creations and aesthetics. Chefs will be given a professional kitchen near the garden.  Occasionally, Marble House Project has other events where the kitchen may need to be shared. Chefs will have access to the organic farm at Marble House Project to source ingredients and can work with our farmers to learn more about cultivation and harvest.  Each chef presents a farm to table dinner or some other food related experience on the final weekend of the residency. Marble House Project covers all costs associated with this event.  Chefs are not responsible for cooking for the artists residents but they will be paired with the artists for meal making two or three times during the residency.  The only exception is the family friendly residency where they will need to supervise and help cook and or supervise all evening meals Monday - Friday. For this residency a small stipend will be offered.

The fee to apply is $32.00. Applications will reopen in the fall of 2019 for residencies taking place in 2020

Collaborative Residency


The Collaborative Winter Residency facilitates groups of artists working together to develop new or in-progress work. This  residency program offers time and space designed for collective group-making and collaboration, as an alternative to residency programs geared toward more individual studio practices. Residents apply as a group, and live together in the main house with access to up to five studio spaces, as needed. Through the Collaborative Residency, Marble House Project is expanding the part of our mission that values collaboration and interdisciplinary collective making.  All disciplines will be considered.  Collaborative residency sessions take place in November and March..  Each session lasts 10 days  and can accommodates up to 8 individuals. There is a residency fee of $5000 for the ten days which covers food, housing and studio support. For eight artists this translates to $625. per person.  Please see our FAQ. Application opens August 30th and closes on October 8th for the March Residency. Applicants will be notified by November 1st. The fee to apply is $35. APPLY HERE