RadStorm Residency

The Anchor Archive Zine Library, Ink Storm Screenprinting Collective, and Sad Rad Music Collective have a residency program! We invite zinemakers, screenprinters, performers, writers, musicians, organizers, makers and do-ers, movers and shakers, builders, and/or artists-of-all-sorts to Halifax, Nova Scotia! 

New name! This residency program was previously called the Roberts Street Residency, but we have moved off of Roberts Street and into a new space called RADSTORM! 
The residency program runs from May until October. Residencies are two to four weeks long, and residents are provided with space, equipment and support for their project as well as living space within walking distance of Radstorm. We encourage projects that relate to the mandate of the Anchor Archive, Ink Storm & Sad Rad, in any medium or format. 
New this year! We are partnering with the Deanery Project in Ship Harbour, NS which has its own budding residency program.
We would like to thank ARTS NOVA SCOTIA for their generous funding of this program in previous years! We have applied for a grant to cover the costs for this year's program. We are hopeful that we will receive it, but running the program will be contingent on receiving funding.

Go to our 2016 Residents page to see a list of this year's residents and their projects. A call for 2017 applications will be posted early in the new year.

Descriptions & Mandates of Radstorm:

RadStorm is a space for people to come together to share skills, knowledge, and resources. Anchor Archive, Ink Storm, and Sad Rad are all located at Radstorm at 6050 Almon Street, upstairs.
The Anchor Archive Zine Library is a collection of five thousand zines that can be borrowed, as well as a resource centre including a photocopier (B&W and colour), computer, internet, button maker and zine making supplies.
The Anchor Archive is dedicated to projects that provide free or affordable access to independent and alternative media, art, and education. We support critical, creative projects and inspire social change with DIY (do it yourself), non-hierarchical, and consensus-based approaches. We aim to be active in our communities by collaborating with other groups and projects. We strive to be inclusive, aware of barriers and discrimination, and welcoming to all ages.
The Inkstorm Screenprinting Collective is a studio that has all the equipment for screenprinting. We offer affordable studio space, teach classes and host events.
Ink Storm’s mandate is to provide affordable public access to screenprinting equipment and facilitate sharing of knowledge through skill-building workshops.  We are addressing the lack of affordable studio and workshop space in Halifax, inviting everyone into our space to embark on creative expression through printed matter. The studio is a great place to produce posters or t-shirts to promote community projects, and to work on personal art projects. We strive to create a community space for building ideas, sharing skills, and collaborating on projects.
We are not for profit, all workshop and studio fees pay for rent and supplies. We work in partnership with the Sad Rad music collective and Anchor Archive to create a public space, for visual art, music, and events. We are celebrating and promoting do-it-yourself art and handmade production as an affordable and accessible means of expression and creative process.
Sad Rad is a collectively run music space for all-ages shows, practicing and recording. We have a “sound-proofed” room for jamming and music making during the evenings and weekends. Sad Rad has shared equipment including: R-16 digital 16 track recorder, DAT (digital analog tape) recorder, mono tape duplicator, drum kit, P.A. and collection of small amps. As our resident you will have access to the gearshare and space. Sad Rad can also provide the human resource of a non-hierarchical improv band.
Sad Rad is an affordable all-ages venue. Sad Rad utilizes a do-it-together approach to organizing and promoting while specifically gearing events towards the underage crowd and others who may not be represented or are alienated by the larger Halifax music scene. We aim to foster community building through trust, respect, communication and support. Sad Rad works to minimize violence, hatred, and oppressive behaviour in the space. Violence, hatred, and oppression are defined by the person experiencing it; we believe survivors. Our space is alcohol and drug free, community funded, queer positive, and totally punk. We encourage anyone who is interested to become a participant and help shape the way Radstorm grows.
The Deanery Project is a not-for-profit organization with a focus on the environment, youth and community, natural building, and the arts. The Deanery offer programs and undertakes projects related to energy, forests, health, active transportation and rural living. The Deanery Project is located on a beautiful 25-acre ocean-front property 60 km east of Halifax. The Deanery has a woodshop, bike workshop, large kitchen, and residency cabin. For more information on the Deanery please visit www.thedeaneryproject.com

Residency Program:

Residencies are two to four weeks long from May through October
We are interested in proposals for projects that embody the same sort of do-it-
yourself spirit as the Anchor Archive & Ink Storm & Sad Rad, and that contribute in some way to the community and/or the space. 
We welcome proposals of any sort. We will offer you support and help executing your project, and access to supplies that we have. We encourage projects that can utilize and activate a wide variety of our resources. Bands or projects with more than one person are welcome to apply. 
Residents will be housed within walking distance to Radstorm. If you have any specific housing related concerns or access needs, please let us know in your application.

How it works:

Residents get two to four weeks. This is not much time! Please keep this in mind when planning your project.
Here are some tips:
●Keep it simple! It’s easy to overestimate what you can accomplish in a few weeks.
●Plan ahead! Do prep and research before you arrive so you can hit the ground running.
●Give yourself time! You’ll need to get oriented, meet people, and hit the beach. Don’t forget to make time for those things in your schedule.
We expect you to share your work with us in some way. Here are some possibilities:
●give a reading
●have a project launch party
●teach a workshop
●have a music show
●do a performance
●have an art show
●have a film screening
●host a discussion
You get the idea. We’re excited you’re here, and want to see why you came. Events can happen at the RadStorm space or at other venues around town. We will help you plan and promote your event.

Resources Available

Anchor Archive 
●Zine library with nearly five thousand zines (!!) many of which are electronically catalogued
●High quality photocopier with Black/White & Colour functions and large format scanning capabilities (up to 11x17 size)
●Computer with internet as well as wifi
●Typewritters, letraset, 1in button maker, long-arm & heavy duty staplers, stamps, and so many zine making supplies!
Ink Storm 
●Large light table
●Screens & emulsion
●Washout station with backlight and powerwasher
●Printing tables with clamps
●Inks, squeeges, scoop coaters and other supplies
●Sewing machines
Sad Rad
●PA system
●Collection of small amps
●Drum kit
●Microphones and stands
●R 16 Digital Recorder 
●DAT (Digital Analog Tape) Recorder
●Mono tape duplicator
●Jamming, recording, and show space
The Deanery (located in Ship Harbour, NS, approx 1hr drive from Halifax) 
●25-acre ocean-front property
●Spacious Community Hall
●Commercial Kitchen
●Dorm style accommodation for 20 and residency cabin
●The Roost: Wood Shop, Classroom and Bike Hub
●Solar Wood Kiln
●Cob Oven Pavillion
●The Sheiling – outdoor classroom
●Boat house and dock
●Woodland trails, fields and ocean front beach
●Permaculture/community gardens
●Acadian tree and shrub nursery (in progress)

Some background:

The Anchor Archive Zine Library and the Inkstorm Screenprinting Collective used to operate under the umbrella name ‘Roberts Street Social Centre’.  We recently thought it fitting to lose this associated name, because we are no longer on Roberts Street. 
Sad Rad existed for about a year on its own on top of a radiator shop on Young Street, but then had to leave and was without a home for about a year. Sad Rad teamed up with Inkstorm and both groups moved into a space in July 2014 on the second floor of a commercial building on Almon Street, called “Radstorm.” Anchor Archive was residing at the Plan B merchants co-op, but recently joined InkStorm and SadRad at Radstorm. 
Halifax is a small city on the east coast of Canada, about a twelve hour drive from either Boston or Montreal. The Radstorm space is located in North End Halifax. We love collaborating with other local groups, and can help make connections and suggest contacts that would apply to your project.

Important information:

RadStorm is open to the public for open hours every Sunday from 2-6pm, as well as loads of events and other activities. Members have 24/7 access to the space, as do residents.
Accessibility info: RadStorm is located up two flight of stairs. There are two non-gendered bathrooms, one with a stall and urinal, and the other is a lockable single stall with a sharps container. 
All organizations are volunteer-run member-based groups. We operate on small budgets from donations, fundraising, zine sales, screenprinting workshops, hosting events and shows, jam fees from bands, and small community grants. We are not a professional artist centre, nor do we want to be. We are scrappy and have a do-it-ourselves approach. Not all of our stuff/equipment works 100% all of the time, and sometimes we have a hard time making rent, but we make do and come up with creative solutions. We prioritize projects and residents who have a non-professional approach and can make art/music/writing/events/etc that are affordable and accessible to a wide range of people. Please do not expect to sell the work that you make at this residency program for profit to members of our collectives or communities. We will provide as many supplies as we can (and potentially financial support) to help cover your costs, so that if you have to charge people for your zine/art/tape/event/workshop etc, it can be as affordable as possible.
Though you will be paired together with a collective member for support for your project we encourage self-sufficiency, self-motivation, and independent working. We will help you as much as we can with your project, but please keep in mind that collective members of all groups are volunteers and lead otherwise busy lives. Residents must be prepared to work in a busy, social environment with little privacy, or sometimes it may be the opposite when there are times when no-one is around. You must also be self-sufficient with meals and housekeeping. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to get in touch with us before the application deadline.
We have applied for a grant from the province of nova scotia to help cover the costs of this program. We have received the grant for several years in a row and have reason to believe we will get it again, but it is not guaranteed. In the event that we do not get the grant, we may not be able to continue the program. If you are selected we will get in touch with you asap if we do not receive funding and have to cancel or dramatically change the program. There are no fees for residents, but you are expected to cover your own travel and living costs. If we are awarded funding, residents will receive some financial support for their projects.
Please send applications and support materials by email to: rsresidency@gmail.com with <YOUR NAME> RESIDENCY APPLICATION in the subject line.
Residency Information and Application Forms download at www.robertsstreet.org/residency
, or can be requested via email.
We also accept applications & support material by mail-post (make sure it arrives by Mon Feb 22). Please send mail to:
RadStorm Residency Program
PO Box 33129
Halifax, NS B3L 4T6
Questions? Please contact: rsresidency@gmail.com