The Artists in Residence program offers affordable private and/or shared studio/showcase spaces to emerging and mid-range local, national, and international artists. Artists in Residence become part of a vibrant community of artists participating in Arts Warehouse programming, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artist community.
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The Artists in Residence program offers affordable private and/or shared studios to emerging and mid-range local, national, and international artists and creative makers. Artists in Residence become part of a vibrant community of artists participating in Arts Warehouse programming, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artist community. Space is awarded to applicants that best demonstrate their commitment to their practice, to experimentation and innovation in their work/business, to seeking artistic/business & professional development, and to be a part of and contributing to a dynamic community of artists, makers and creative thinkers. A.i.R leases include private and/or shared studios as well as access to flexible shared working space. Those selected for this program range from emerging to mid-range in their business career, and work in a variety of artistic/maker disciplines and media; some exceptions may apply due to building code limitations call use for confirmation.
- Support/investment in individuals whose work will impact the larger cultural landscape
- Artist advancement programming & coaching
- Experimentation and collaboration
- Integration into a dynamic community of local, national, international artists and an expansive network of creative professionals
- Opportunities for engagement/cross-cultural exchange with local artists and audiences
- Opportunity to sell wares and build client base.
- Emerging to Mid-Range professional, dedicated, working artists with a deep commitment to their practice and to advancing the mission of The Arts Warehouse.
- Artists must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents over 18 years of age.
- Artists working in most mediums will be considered. Artists working with toxic materials, hazardous machinery, etc. may not be considered due to limitations within the building.
- Artists must be ready to enjoy working in an open studio setting where the public is able to interact with the artist during public hours. Artists must work in the studio a minimum of 20 hours per week during public hours and First Fridays. Other times may be requested by the Arts Warehouse.
Q & A
Every applicant proposes a project and ideas for the residency so that we have a good idea of what will be taking place. However, artists/makers often change their minds by the time they arrive. I’ve had painters come and ask, “Is it okay if I just draw?” Yes, that is fine, and the residency highly encourages experimentation. We ask that artists/makers to make work within the frame of their proposal, but we are certainly flexible. We want you to grow your body of work and your sales.
Every applicant has a different way of being trained or a natural ability to make thought provoking art/products. No, you do not need to have had formal training but you do need to be working towards an arts/creative making as your career. The program is focused in incubating arts/creative maker entrepreneurs who hope to have a career as a creative professional and as their main profession.
The dialogue between the residences is very exciting. An emerging resident can really have an energizing impact on a more established resident, challenging the creative process. Established residents often serve as mentors to emerging as well, particularly in the area of expanding professional goals. But most of all, having an emerging resident work alongside a mid-level resident creates a dynamic, diverse atmosphere and rich experience for all.
The Arts Warehouse hosts visitors daily and during Special events; they really immerse themselves into the facility. Critics, buyers, viewer, media and arts/creative management professionals visit individual studios regularly; we will host a myriad of programming to aid the residents and community. We do our part but in order to have success in the program you have to do your part. It is imperative that you are in your studio making, selling, taking appointments, have set business hours, etc. If you aren’t in your studio regularly you will not have the success you deserve; this is your job so come to it and we know you will make it happen. If the public comes here multiple times and you are not in your studio you are potentially losing a client/sales; they aren’t going to keep coming back. You are the rock star and they want to meet you it’s part of the business so start selling your work and yourself we know people are going to love you!
Residents leave the Warehouse post-residency with a valuable network of new friends and peers with whom they often maintain tight bonds for years to come. I’ve known residents to meet up as a group in other cities, at conferences, and for studio visits and exhibitions. I think the network of community that is created during the residency might be the most valuable outcome. They can also become visiting instructors and lecturers post residency and during.
Studios are approximately $2.00 per/sq ft per month. If accepted artist will be assessed the following additional fees:
- $500.00 Refundable security deposit pending a passing inspection
- $150.00 It, Key, Maintenance Fee
- $50.00 Maintenance fee annually after first year and each consecutive year.
Studios range from 176 to 529 sq ft. They include a sink, hallway window, lighting and WIFI. Some have natural lighting. You may stop by anytime during open business hours to look at studios. M 9-5, T-F 9-6 and Sa 10-3. To view the Studios, click here.
Applications are accepted all year for the Artists-in-Residence Program. They are reviewed on a rolling basis when there is availability. If you are still debating on whether or not to apply, read this quick and informative Q&A. It offers the inside scoop on applicants’ frequently asked questions.
The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (“CRA”) as part of its Arts Warehouse project intends to provide affordable studios for emerging and mid-career Artists in a variety of media, including, but not limited to painters, photographers, ceramic Artists, and sculptors. ARTIST acknowledges that among The CRA’s purposes in establishing the Arts Warehouse is to nurture Artists’ careers by providing them with affordable space. Handbook is a living document and subject to change.
Credit report/background/education check authorization and privacy disclosure form.