Abrons AIRspace Program
The Abrons AIRspace Residency Program offers time-based residencies to interdisciplinary artists engaged in the fields of visual art, performance, curatorial and social practices. A variety of residency program structures provide a range of support to artists, including workspace, production support, in-progress performances and exhibition opportunities, commissioning funds, a monetary award, and opportunities to collaborate on projects with the broader Henry Street Settlement/Lower East Side community through guest artist residencies. To date, Abrons has provided over fifty-thousand hours of residency support to artists working through ideas at various stages of development.
A program of the historic Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Arts Center is committed to the belief that artistic practice is key to a socio-politically engaged and healthy society. As such, we place value on critical inquiry with ideas and aesthetic traditions. We are intent on co-creating with community of AIRspace residents who value situating their practices within the rich histories of the Lower East Side, and who demonstrate a commitment to political and cultural equity.
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Performing Artist Residencies
Abrons supports New York City-based performance artists in new work development from the early ideation phase to the fully produced premiere. AIRspace Performing Artists Residents are provided with premium access to studios and theaters for rehearsals, and the possibility of commissioning support to develop new work.
Jerome Foundation AIRspace Residency for Performing Artists
With support from The Jerome Foundation, a cohort of up to four early career performing artists are annually invited to participate in our Jerome Foundation AIRspace Residency for Performing Artists. Jerome AIRspace artists receive two hundred hours of fully subsidized studio time in any of our performance studios and theaters , production residencies that guarantee at least one week exclusive theater access, as well a commission for a new work to be presented at Abrons as part of our performance season.
- $5,000 Commission for a new work to be presented at Abrons as part of our 2020-2021 performance season. Performances must be programmed to occur before June 30, 2021.
- 200 hours of Fully Subsidized Studio Time in any of our performance studios (excluding Studio G-05) and theaters. Please visit our Rental page to learn more about our studio and theater spaces.
- 1 week Production Residency in the theater prior to premiere
- Studio visits with critics, curators, artists, and arts-workers
- Applicant must be New York City based and living within 5 boroughs at the time of application submission and during the residency period. Proof of address is required in order to apply.
- Performing artists working in movement-based practices that are interdisciplinary in nature are encouraged to apply. Collaborative groups are invited to apply but will receive the same commission fee as an individual artist. Collaboratives should only submit 1 application; Collaboratives that submit more than 1 application for the same project will be disqualified from the review process.
- Applicant must identify as an early career artist: According to the Jerome Foundation, an early career artist “typically has a track record of generating and publicly presenting full work over which they have ultimate creative control in the discipline in which they are applying, but are not yet at a point in their careers where they receive consistent development and production opportunities and significant recognition, awards, and acclaim.” Please note that this category is not contingent on the age of the artist.
- Applicant must apply with a project proposal that has not yet premiered in its final form in New York City. Applicants who prefer a Fall 2020 presentation date must apply with a project that is in its final stages of production. Applicants who prefer a Spring 2021 presentation date may apply with a project that is in its earlier developmental stages.
- Applicants who are enrolled in degree-granting programs or who will be students during the grant period are not eligible.
- A program of the historic Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Arts Center is committed to the belief that artistic practice is key to a socio-politically engaged and healthy society. As such, we place value on work that critically engages with ideas and aesthetic traditions. Applicants should closely review the Abrons Arts Center Mission Statement and Declaration of Inclusion before applying for the Residency.
2020-2021 application cycle opens in Fall 2020. Please sign up for our mailing list for the latest information on application deadlines.
Visual Artist Residencies
Abrons Arts Center annually supports at least four visual art residencies for New York City-based artists. Residents receive a monetary award for their participation in the program, as well as a semi-private studio for up to nine months at the Abrons facility, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Throughout the residency cycle, studio visits are arranged with critics, curators, artists and other arts-workers. Additionally, resident artists may have opportunities to develop their teaching practices through participation in Abrons’ Engagement Program. The residency period culminates in a group exhibition in Abrons galleries. Among the artists selected for the AIRspace program are painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, video and installation artists. Artists with interdisciplinary practices are also encouraged to apply. Residents are selected by a juried panel of professional artists, critics, curators, and Abrons Arts Center staff.
- A $1,000 unrestricted stipend for participation in the program
- Semi-Private Studio for 9 months at Abrons in the Lower East Side of Manhattan
- Studio visits with critics, curators, artists, and other arts-workers
- Teaching opportunities through Abrons’ Engagement Program
- Group Exhibition at the end of the Residency
Abrons Arts Center does not provide housing, transportation, or visa sponsorship. Applicants living outside New York City will have to make their own accommodation arrangements. All accepted applicants must reside in New York City for the duration of the program. Collaborative groups are invited to apply. Artists enrolled in a school, college, or university are not eligible to apply. Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to provide feedback to applicants at this time.
Among the artists selected for the AIRspace program are painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, video, and installation artists. Artists with interdisciplinary practices are also encouraged to apply. Residents are selected by a juried panel of professional artists, critics, curators, and Abrons Arts Center staff. A program of the historic Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Arts Center is committed to the belief that artistic practice is key to a socio-politically engaged and healthy society. As such, we place value on critical inquiry with ideas and aesthetic traditions. We are intent on co-creating a community with AIRspace residents who value situating their practices within the rich histories of the Lower East Side, and who demonstrate a commitment to political and cultural equity.
The Abrons Arts Center is a 40,000 square foot facility with three theaters, an amphitheater, three galleries, five performance studios, six semi-private visual arts studios, four visual arts classrooms and seven music classrooms. These sites are available to resident artists on a daily basis for rehearsal, research, and development.
Applications open Spring 2020. Please join our Mailing List for more information about deadlines.
Social Practice Residencies
In 2018, Abrons initiated a pilot of an AIRspace residency for artists working within the field of social practice. This two year residency is offered by invitation to a cohort of artists for the development of politically and socially engaged research and creative programmatic initiatives in collaboration with Henry Street Settlement/Lower East Side communities.
- Shared office space on-site at Abrons
- Monetary fee and administrative support to execute project proposals at Abrons and Henry Street Settlement sites around the neighborhood
At this time, Social Practice Residencies are made by invitation only.
This one year residency is offered by invitation to one curator for the development of interdisciplinary projects to be presented in Abrons’ galleries as part of our presenting season.
- Semi-private studio on-site at Abrons
- Production budget and administrative support to execute project proposals
At this time, Curatorial Residencies are made by invitation only.
Costume Design Residencies
Since 2016 Abrons has provided a creative home for designers in residence, Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung. Together Reid & Harriet have created costumes for innumerable performing artists including Kyle Abraham, Jack Ferver and Andrea Miller as well as designs for American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
At this time, Abrons does not accept applications for Costume Design Residencies.