Founded in 2005 by visual artist Sol Kjøk in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Mothership NYC is a combined live-work space and presentation arena
for international artists across multiple disciplines. This is the rationale behind our name:
·  A mother ship, mothership or mother-ship is a large vessel whether maritime ship, aircraft, or spacecraft that leads, serves, or carries other smaller vehicles.
Mothership NYC is the base camp from which the rotating cast members on board take off for independent journeys, then return to with new knowledge.
·  The captain of this craft is a woman, and our permanent crew is all female.
·  We like the ambiguity inherent in the name: while ‘mother’ generally has a comforting ring, the spaceship connotation adds a combative note.
And that’s us – we are gentle warrior women.

Our ship’s company consists of three divisions:
Crew: Captain Sol (Visual Artist), 1st Officer Carolyn (Metal Artist), 2nd Officer Mayfield (Dancer/Choreographer).
A.I.R.: Our rotating Artists-in-Residence occupy the in-house live-work space for 1-3 months to focus on a specific project.
Visiting Artists: International colleagues who stay in our guestroom for shorter periods (a few days to a month) to explore New York and meet local artist peers.

Over the past decade, our platform has harbored and showcased creatives of many stripes:


Claire Zakiewicz, Visual Artist (London)

David Alræk, Filmmaker (Norway)

Diane Victor, Visual Artist (South Africa)

Céline Pelcé, Food Artist (France)

Florian Pochlatko, Filmmaker (Austria)

Fritjof Capra, Scientist, Educator, Activist & Author (USA/Austria)

Molly Haslund, Performance Artist (Denmark)

Peter Max-Jakobsen, Visual Artist/Musician (Denmark)

Jim Thompson, Musician (USA)

Marianne Skjeldal, Performance Artist (Norway)

Gaby Steiner, Video Artist/Photographer (Switzerland)

Mik Kuhlmann, Performing Artist (USA)

Cara Judea Alhadeff, Photographer/Performance Artist/Writer (USA)

Matilde Soligno, Photographer/Publisher (Italy)

Didem Civginoglu, Photographer (Turkey)

Zoog von Rock, Musician (Australia)

Jon Haukeland, Filmmaker (Norway)

Juan Fabuel, Photographer (Spain)

Be Andr, Visual Artist (Norway/UK)

James Boddington, Photographer (Australia)

Alison Pilkington, Visual Artist (Ireland)

Henrike Stahl, Photographer (Germany)

Anne-marte Eidseth Rygh, Performance Artist (Norway)

Agnes Nedregard, Performance Artist (Norway/France)

Anna Christina Lorenzen, Visual Artist (Norway)

Wren Steiner, Photographer (Australia)

Björn Hegardt, Visual Artist/Publisher (Norway/Germany)

Vanna Bowles, Visual Artist (Sweden/Norway)

Barbara Fragogna, Visual Artist/ Publisher (Italy)

Kristin Skrivervik, Visual Artist (Norway)

Ellen Bang, Sculptor (Norway/USA)

Petrea Frid, Visual Artist/Writer/Physician/Scholar (Sweden)

Gisle Harr, Visual Artist (Norway)

Lars Strandh, Visual Artist (Sweden/Norway)

Marit Victoria Wulff Andreassen, Visual Artist (Norway)

Marianne Darlén Solhaugstrand, Visual Artist (Norway)

Jannik Abel, Visual Artist (Norway)

Matthew Cowan, Performance Artist (New Zealand)

Andreas Savva, Visual Artist (Cyprus)

Judy Nyambura Karanja, Actress (Norway)

Davide Fiore, Photographer (Italy)

Jennifer Mizenko, Dancer/Actor (USA)

Russ Havard, Visual Artist (USA) 

Marianne Darlén Solhaugstrand, Visual Artist (Norway)


Katy Gunn, Musician/Performance Artist (USA)

Lesley Kernochan, Musician (USA)

Duckie L’Orange, Performance Artist (Australia)

Poems While You Wait, Poet (USA)

Cat del Buono, Visual Artist (USA)

Jeanne Wilkinson, Visual Artist (USA)

Daniel Maldonado, Film Director (USA)

Charles Davi, Musician/Writer (USA)

Bad Faces, Band (USA)

Ark Calkins, Musician (USA)

Pierre Lionel Matte, Visual Artist (Norway)

Peter Daniel Straus, Actor/Comedian/Circus Artist (USA)

Hillary Chaplain, Actor/Comedian (USA)

Mark Ettinger, Musician/Juggler (USA)

Emily James, Clown/Multimedia Artist (USA)

SlinCraze, Musician (Norway)

Saurabh Tak, Storyteller (India)

Porpentine Theater Co., Shakespearean Troupe (USA)

Jess Bayuk, Architect and Visual Artist

The Bandroidz, Band (USA)

Hair Jail, Band (USA)

Sirens, Band (USA)

Urban Research Theater, Performance Artists (USA)

Arturo Vidich, Performance Artist (Italy/USA)

Flavio Sciolé, Actor/Director (Italy)

Txuca, Photographer (Spain)

Luff Josa, Spoken Word (USA)

Alberto Fiori, Musician (Italy/Germany)

Leila Adu, Musician (USA)

Tilda Lovell, Visual Artist (Sweden/Germany)



3-minute walk-through interview with Mothership Captain Sol Kjøk by WeLoveNYC

2nd Officer Mayfield dancing on Mothership's deck, click for full video.

2nd Officer Mayfield dancing on Mothership's deck, click for full video.