The Lemon tree house residency

FOR WRITERS & ARTISTS

now accepting applications for 2017

2017 RESIDENCIES

2017 SPRING RESIDENCY: MAY 20-JUNE 3, 2017

2017 FALL RESIDENCY: SEPTEMBER 9-23, 2017

Deadline for all 2017 residency applications: DECEMBER 1, 2017

THE COST OF THE LEMON TREE HOUSE PROGRAM IS 2600€

PRESENTING OUR FALL 2016 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

NADJA SPIEGELMAN

Nadja Spiegelman's forthcoming memoir, "I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This," will be published by Riverhead Books in August 2016. She is the Eisner-award nominated author of the ZIG AND WIKKI graphic series for young children and "Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure."

Photo by Janis Nicolay

RYLEY O'BYRNE

Ryley O'Byrne is an artist/designer from the West Coast of Canada. She graduated from Emily Carr University, and studied additionally at UBC and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She is recognized for her accomplished and prolific work in patterns and prints, which have been featured or profiled in publications around the world including Vogue, W Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Flare, Suddeutsche Zeitung, Ginza and New York Magazine. She previously worked as a Cultural Consultant and Artistic Director, in Paris and Vancouver respectively, before launching the cult brand Strathcona Stockings in 2010. Ryley's full body of work spans multiple mediums, including writing, painting, costume and video. Her most recent project, a collection of fine silk wearables, explores Ryley's notion that fashion is at once utilitarian and somatic, and also functions as a form of expression, art, and fantasy. She currently works from her studio between Vancouver, Los Angeles and her home town of Roberts Creek, BC.

2016 SPRING LEMON TREES

2016 SPRING LEMON TREES

Specifically I went to Italy to write with The Lemon Tree House Residency Program for writers and artists. There I stayed in a villa atop a hill in beautiful Tuscany. Every day delicious breakfasts and dinners were prepared by talented chefs (no shopping, cooking or cleaning for me!). There was a daily cocktail hour (to help relax me after a day of writing). The estate had molto kilometers of walking paths (to get my brain in the writing mode). My writing room was bright and quiet. And did I mention the daily cocktail hour?

The residency’s location, program, and that daily cocktail hour were so amenable that I was able to achieve my goal: to write like a fiend, which was fantastico! The Lemon Tree House helped recharge my batteries and jump start my writing. For me it was the perfect residency with the best people in a glorious corner of the world. It was a wonderful experience. Thank you, Lemon Tree House!
— ALICIA BIEN 2016 SPRING LEMON TREE
Julie made me smile every morning with a warm greeting and a hug. Erinn, Jay, Rosa, Anna, and the staff took such good care of us. It meant so much that the people keeping things going were also full of creative energy and words and support. I felt that daily and reveled in it.
— ART KLEPCHUKOV 2016 SPRING LEMON TREE
This is - hand on heart - one of the best places in the world. Erinn Beth Langille and Julie Jolicoeur run a beautiful, bright and shining ship (and have been kind enough to let me aboard a couple of times). Do anything in your power to go.
— ROSA RANKIN GEE 2015 & 2016 LEMON TREE & WiR

CRAIG FRANCIS POWER

Craig Francis Power is an artist and writer from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. His first novel, Blood Relatives (Pedlar Press 2010) won the Percy Janes First Novel Award, the Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, the ReLit Award, and was short-listed for the BMO Winterset Award. His second novel, The. Hope. is forthcoming from Pedlar Press in the Fall of 2016, while a third novel, Skeet Love, will be published with Breakwater Books in Spring 2017.

His hooked rugs, installations and videos have shown widely across Canada and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions. In 2008, he was nominated for the Sobey Art Award, which recognizes the work of Canadian artists under forty.

ROSA RANKIN-GEE

Rosa Rankin-Gee's first novel The Last Kings of Sark was published by Virago (UK) and St Martin's Press (US) last year. The Times called it "stunningly well-written", The Guardian said it was "lithe, shimmering and full of wit" and The New Yorker said it was "both freshly innocent and self-assured." In 2011, she won Shakespeare & Company's international Paris Literary Prize; in 2010, she was chosen by Esquire Magazine as one of 60 Brilliant Young Brits. She has been the recipient of fellowships at Hedgebrook and Vermont Studio Center, and performed at literary events in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Guernsey, Santorini and various festivals across the UK. She grew up in northwest London, but has lived in Paris for the last 4 years. She is currently to be found writing her second novel at the Bibliothèque historique de la ville, or eating a sandwich in the park next door.

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I came to the Lemon Tree House, as a so-called “encore,” a late-career writer transitioning from a long journalism career to more creative writing. It was the perfect place to develop new skills, take cues from very talented writers and enrich my life with an amazing cohort of people. It was a genuine and a memorable experience.
— JAN SCHAFFER 2016 SPRING LEMON TREE
This is a place where I felt complete harmony between my mind and soul, more focused and aware of both my writing and myself. The combination of the marvelous scenery, the peaceful time, the highly organized director and generous staff, the fantastic food, and mingling with creative people from different cultures has encouraged my creativity and productivity in a very positive way. I’m grateful! شكراً جزيلاً
— MONIRA ALMISHARI 2016 SPRING LEMON TREE
The two weeks away gave me some new perspective, new friends and many new ideas.
The experience with all of you in Italy, especially the weekday routine in Camporsevoli was a refreshing change of pace for me.
— SHARON UFBERG 2016 SPRING LEMON TREE
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The Lemon Tree House was one of those life-changing experiences for me. The perfect melding of gorgeously, majestic surroundings; mixed with authentic people from all walks of life with such generous, creative spirits; under the magical spells of some local (!!!) wines of the area; all in the hands of the most lovable, talented staff who made it all the more worth while. Be sure to ask Julie about anything. She seriously knows what’s-what about...well, everything European!! I’m still very much unsure if it was simple luck, pure coincidence, (a dream) or deliberate fate, but we really did become a spontaneous family for two weeks. Did I mention I had a good time?
— TREVOR TALLMADGE - 2016 LEMON TREE

The Lemon Tree House is an artist residency program designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and personal growth of emerging and established artists, musicians and writers. The aim is to support creative process in a unique and historically rich environment, to allowed devoted time to creative work, and to provide interesting opportunties for cultural exchange and development. We are, however, constrained by certain physical and environmental perimeters, please read below to see if your work fits our criteria. If you have any questions about the program or your place in it, contact us directly at thelemontreehouse.writers@gmail.com.

The Lemon Tree House currently supports the following disciplines:

Writing- Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting, Screenwriting and Journalism.

Visual Arts-Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Books Arts, Conceptual Art, Digital Art, Film and Video, Illustration, Mixed Media, Fiber Arts.

Performing Arts- Songwriting, Composition, Performance, Performance Art, Choreography. 

NOTE: The Lemon Tree House cannot support artists who require a traditional studio, sound-proof quarters or specialized equipment. We can support work that takes place out of doors, in shared space, in domestic space, and by creative producers who can bring their own equipment and materials.