Antfarm is a unique cocoon that hosts a cooperative
group of artists who enjoy a great deal of freedom
to develop artistic expression and sustainability.
Together, we form a supportive & nurturing environment
where we utilize each other’s talents & energies to
foster growth and further our education. Antfarm strives to
create exceptional work and share it with the community.

The Story

vine growing into brick building through a window
Vines growing through a window

Antfarm was started in 1993 by a group of NC State design school students who secured and renovated a 1925 warehouse in Raleigh’s historic Boylan Heights neighborhood.

The Space

corner of empty studio space with wooden floor, brick wall with a large window and a white wall with a white chair
A space waiting for a new member

The space is very open and ripe for customization to each member’s unique needs. We have the BEST daylight, but no air conditioning. No a/c means we get to enjoy some wildlife, such as house geckos and a brood of wrens each spring.

The Support

a glowing empty kiln shot with the lid open
A glowing kiln

The openness of the studio allows for cross pollination of ideas and sharing. Our current members practice in the disciplines of sculpture, installation, ceramics, music, and metal smithing/fabrication.

Say Hi!

Antfarm is a collective of up to 10 artists working in a variety of media in our beautiful warehouse building in Boylan Heights. If antfarm feels right for you and your creative journey, please reach out to us using the form below for a tour and to learn more.

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For the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together.

From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Theo van Gogh
Date: The Hague, Sunday, 22 October 1882