RAIR is a nonprofit arts organization uniquely situated within a construction and demolition recycling center in Northeast Philadelphia. RAIR’s residency program provides artists on-site access to recovered materials and a studio space in which to produce work.
The RAIR workspace includes a large project space, wood shop equipment, metalworking facilities, access to the waste stream for materials, and a material storage area. Artists-in-residence receive attentive support from RAIR's staff, who act as liaisons between the artist and the recycling facility. In addition to providing artists on-site access to recovered materials, equipment, and studio space, RAIR’s residency program offers artists the opportunity to use the entire 3.5-acre facility as an expansive project space for the development and presentation of ambitious experimental work.
RAIR has two residency programs: the Standard Residency and the Biggie Shortie. Both offer $600 stipends, financial assistance, and access to Revolution Recovery’s waste stream as well as access to RAIR,s staff, who work closely with residents.
1) Standard Residency: This is a longer (four to six weeks in March through November), more traditional studio-based program. Standard residents are given access to waste materials and a studio and project space.
2) Biggie Shortie: This is a shorter (two to four weeks between March and November), more project-based residency. It is designed to support a big project in a short amount of time. The flexible nature of Biggie Shorties allow for projects to be customized to fit each residency.
This year's jurors are Abigail DeVille, Denise Markonish, and Lisa Sigal.
Residencies are open to all emerging and mid-career artists. Students may apply but must not be actively enrolled in classes during the time of their residency and must be 21 years of age or older.
See the RAIR website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.