Residency studios for Shandaken: Governors Island are located in Building 107 on the northern tip of Governors Island, a three minute walk from the main ferry disembarkation point of Soissons Landing. This building is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has previously been used by the US Army, the Coast Guard, and, most recently, the National Park Service. Resident studios are not open to the public.
The building is equipped with standard outlets and is climate controlled. Each studio is uniquely sized and shaped, however all are between 120 and 220 square feet, are carpeted, have a door that locks, and contain at least 10 running feet of flat wall. Each studio is equipped with a small desk, waste bin, and chair. There is an indoor bathroom, a slop sink, and potable water in Building 107. Our studios look and feel more like an office than a typical artist's studio, and are best suited to practices based in photography, video, language, research, ephemera, and other media that do not require heavy machinery or ventilation.
One studio has no windows and is best suited for residents focusing on photography, video, and other practices that can make good use of a light-proof environment. Candidates for this opportunity should check the appropriate boxes in our application if they desire this studio.
Governors Island is accessed via ferry. Residents are invited to board public ferries for free May 1 through Oct 30, and to make use of a staff ferry Nov 1 through April 30. The latter usually runs hourly weekdays between 7a and 6p, with very limited weekend service. Vehicles to load materials in or out are allowed on the ferry at certain times on weekdays, however proof of insurance must be presented and permits must be secured in advance.
While on Governors Island, residents must follow the rules and regulations outlined for the public at all times.