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AIRspace Residency for Visual Artists and Curators:
October 1, 2016 – August 30, 2017 (11 months)

The application deadline has passed.


“On cold lonely days I think of the time at the Abrons AIRspace I spent in their sun drenched studios that I shared with the tremendous community they cultivate and smile. What a wonderful and lasting advantage it is to have a space and support group gifted to you for the benefit of your art making practice.”
Adam Parker Smith – AIRspace 2013

“My residency at Abrons supported me not only through offering work space, inviting curators to meet residents and giving us an exhibition, but through every day conversation, care, and humor. Everyone on the staff at Abrons brought a smile to my face every single day. Abrons felt like a family.”
Chelsea Knight – AIRspace 2014

“The AIRspace residency enabled me to start my performance art company – The Moving Company that has been working with me for the past three years. Thanks to the unique mixture of visual and performing arts in Abrons!”
Tamar Ettun – AIRspace 2014

All US and International applicants may apply using our online application process. This program is open to all artists and curators, nationally and internationally, but Abrons Arts Center does not provide any housing, transportation, or visa sponsorship. Applicants living outside New York will have to make their own living and travel arrangements. All accepted applicants must reside in new york City for the duration of the program. Artists or curators enrolled in a school, college or university are not eligible. Collaborative groups may apply but will only receive a single workspace.

Visual Arts Residencies
Five residencies are awarded to painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, video or installation artists. Artists work in collective, semi-private studio spaces on the ground floor of the Abrons Arts Center located at 466 Grand St. A small onsite kiln is available for artists wishing to work with ceramics.

Artists must make use of the studio at least 20 hours per week. Extremely large sculpture and printmaking equipment cannot be accommodated due to space restrictions. Our studios are available to residents Tuesdays through Friday 10 am-10 pm, Saturdays 9 am–10 pm, and Sundays 12 pm-6 pm. The building is closed Mondays. Summer hours shift the above schedule to Monday through Saturday. Abrons is closed on national holidays and at other times designated by Henry Street Settlement.

Curatorial Residency
AIRspace expanded the program in 2010 to accommodate one curator-in-residence. The awarded applicant receives an office space and the opportunity to curate up to three shows in a variety of on-site exhibition spaces.

Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $25(US) is required with each application. This fee covers administrative expenses and costs for the review panel. Payment is due at the time you submit your application electronically.

Application Requirements

  1. Name of Applicant and Contact information
  2. Current C.V.
  3. A brief artist statement or curatorial statement (250 word max)
  4. Proposal describing the work you plan on making during the residency. (150 word max)
  5. Statement of Need (125 word max)
  6. Contact information for two references who know your work and can speak to your ability to make good use of this residency.
  7. 10 Work Samples (Images, audio and video samples are accepted per formats outlined by Slideroom.)

Selection Process
A selection panel will choose 1 curator and up to 5 artists to be awarded residencies for the following year. Applicants are selected based on their portfolio of work, as well as written materials supplied in the application. Collaborative groups must apply as a single applicant and if awarded a residency will receive only one space.

You will receive confirmation of your completed and submitted application from SlideRoom.
Notifications to all applicants will be sent via email after the selection panel has made its final decisions in July 2016.

AIRspace is supported, in part, by public funds from the new york City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the New York City Council. Additional support is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Daniel J. & edith A. Ehrlich Family Foundation, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, The Thanksgiving Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Barker Welfare Foundation.