SPACE on Ryder Farm announces its 2021 residency program


Photo courtesy of SPACE on Ryder Farm

SPACE on Ryder Farm announced Wednesday that it will resume its artist residency program this summer, bringing 31 artists and four institutions through its signature programs designed to allow artists to the time and space to further their creative projects.

SPACE, the non-profit residency program and organic farm located on Starr Ridge Road in Brewster, will host four residency programs from May through October: The Working Farm, a resident writers’ group, Creative Residency, serving a range of artists and innovators, Institutional Residency, serving institutions for workshops and strategic planning, and a new BLKSPACE curators-in-residence initiative that uses arts and ideas to arouse liberation for the Black diaspora.

“The SPACE team and I have used this past year as an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and dream about what SPACE residencies could look like,” says Emily Simoness, SPACE’s Co-Founder and Executive Director. “We asked ourselves ‘What does radical hospitality look like in 2021 for our residents and community?’ After much discussion and rounds of planning, we are proud of and exhilarated by our reopening plan and the artists we will have the privilege of hosting.”

Photo: Kate Eminger, SPACE on Ryder Farm

SPACE also announced its first-ever photographer-in-residence, Ben Allen of HudValley Photo (Ben Allen is the photo editor for The North Salem Post). Allen will document the season at SPACE in photos of residents, farmers, chefs, team members and community engagements.

Residencies at SPACE are made possible by individual supporters and foundations, including the Howard Gilman Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

For a full list of the 2021 residents and finalists, visit

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