Residency

RADSTORM RESIDENCY PROGRAM – 2016

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.
 
2016 RESIDENTS!
 

Arti Mehta (Masti Khor) - (Toronto, ON)  May 2 - 20

 

Arti Mehta is a queer, genderqueer, South Asian, Buddhist, raised working class, Toronto-based, fibro femme who performs everything from politicized Bollywood burlesque to multi-media performance art. Arti’s performance employs video, animation, prose and movement to express themes of disability, somatics, spirituality, trauma, intergenerational trauma, epigenetics, sexual abuse, race, class, gender and sexuality/kink.

 

In residence Arti will create a weighted quilt. Through fiber arts Arti will explore the themes of disability, labour, sexuality and interdependence.

 

Sarah Ayton (Montreal, QC)  May 21 - June 4

 

Sarah Ayton is coming to the RadStorm Residency to take the time to explore different processes for music making. She will work on a sound project as both a process and a listening tool to help deal with Mental Health Stuff (like anxiety), working from collected sounds and experiences of the ocean, which will be shared on a tape with screen-printed packaging. While in Halifax she will lead a workshop on songwriting, improvisation, and performance through singing for girls, women, queers, trans* and genderqueer youth and adults. She is planning to host and play an all-ages show with other local performers. sayton.bandcamp.com

 

Olivia Dumas (Montreal, QC) June 5-19

Olivia Dumas is a member of the Prisoner Correspondence Project - a collective based out of Montreal that seeks to support queer/trans inmates.  In residence Olivia will assemble a zine by and for HIV positive inmates offering information, resources and support.  Olivia is currently collecting submissions and will spend the time in residence producing this zine.

 

Tiffany Paige and Esther Splett are Jilted X (Montreal, QC) June 26 - July 12

 

Jilted X is a queer, femmegore, mallgoth duo featuring Tiffany Paige and Esther Splett. These two obnoxious baby hags sing, coo and wail in agony over a wall of distorted harp riffs, crackling synth vibrations, textural samples and punishing drums beats.

 

In residence, Jilted X will produce a new performance and zine, both exploring the iconic ‘hysterical woman’ as seen in modern-day Soap Operas, Pop music and Reality TV. Their work will include drawings, collage, self-portraiture, costumes, audio samples, reenactments and texts based on their personal emulation of stereotypically negative feminine archetypes. At the end of their residency, Jilted X will host a collaborative event, which will include experimental performances, cupcakes and the launch of their new zine!

 

Whitney French (Toronto, ON) July 13 - 31

Whitney French is a writer, workshop facilitator, educator and a zinester of colour. Whitney’s art is to constantly merge the written word, storytelling, and intergenerational narratives alongside zine culture and other multimedias through an Afrofuturistic perspective. Whitney is most passionate about uncovering the erased histories of black folks in Canada. For seven years she has conducted workshops in schools, community centres, prisons and First Nation reserves. Whitney founded the nation-wide zine From the Root, dedicated to showcasing artistic works by women of colour in Canada.

 

While in residence Whitney will create a zine called WritingWhileBlack: Unearthing Halifax through a Futuristic Lens, exploring and decolonizing stories of black folks past, present and future from Halifax, Africville and Dartmouth. The zine will contain interviews, visual art, poetry, and short pieces of non-fiction.  Whitney plans to offer her creative writing workshop series Writing While Black in Halifax, Dartmouth and Africville to create space for black writers to share works and support one another in their artistic adventures.

 

Lara Lewis (Kijipuktuk /Halifax, NS) - July


Lara Lewis will create a zine examining her communities and the intersections between them - queer folk, trans folk, the urban Mi'kmaq community, and independent theatre artists. Lara plans to record interviews with young Mi'kmaq, trans, and queer peers. The interviews will then be transcribed and formed into a loose narrative that will be incorporated with found images into a series of zines and possibly short plays.

Lara Lewis is a 22 year old Mi'kmaq queer person raised off-reserve and living in Halifax. She is a graduate of theatre studies at Dalhousie University, and is taking her first steps to becoming a professional theatre artist, using her voice to tell stories of people whose are not usually told.

 

Yasmin Ali and Sumaya Ugas (Montreal, QC), Aug 1 -18

 

Yasmin Ali and Sumaya Ugas will work on a short film/video project exploring the nuances of love and sisterhood within the context of black female friendship. The project, which ultimately explores and celebrates the warmth, depth, and resiliency of black female friendship and sisterhood as a grounding framework for our survival as marginalized folks, will be included in the publication of the second issue of our on-going zine project titled Somali Semantics.

 

Delilah Terriak Saunders, Thomas Niles and Ann Helga Denny (Kijipuktuk /Halifax, NS) – August

 

Delilah Terriak Saunders, Thomas Niles and Ann Helga Denny will create a reality­-based intergenerational, multi­disciplinary dramatic readings performance, based on the complex, real life stories of youth who are part of Inuit, Metis and First Nations communities. They will tell these stories through exploration of how music, oral story­telling, visual story­telling, natural settings, dance, spoken word and drama can all intersect to create artistic experiences that bring the emotional truth of the stories alive. The project is called "Oopik", which is the word for Owl in Inuktitut. Owl is Delilah's spirit animal, and it is an animal who symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings.

 

The team of three artists-in-residence will interview older Indigenous people about what their experiences were like growing up in Nova Scotia. Specifically, talking about connection to the land. Then they will interview younger Indigenous people, to be able to compare and contrast the experiences of younger generations. They plan on holding music and theatre workshops at Radstorm. They will showcase their multi-media performance piece at an open house at The Deanery in Ship Harbour, NS.

 

Delilah Saunders is an artist, activist and author. She has been highly involved in the political and grassroots efforts for a federal inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. The issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women has encompassed Delilah Saunders’ life after the murder of her sister, Loretta Saunders, in February 2014. Since then, it became her duty to educate the public and create change through various mediums.

 

Ann Denny​ is a social entrepreneur, writer, classically trained vocalist, intellectual, comedian, and theatrical artist. In 2012 she co-­founded Youth Art Connection, a registered charity helping to create supportive conditions for youth artists in Nova Scotia to grow as engaged artists and citizens. She creates collaborative music and drama pieces with artist led organizations such as Circus of the Normal.

 

Thomas Niles is an actor, theatre practitioner and theatre instructor who is interested in working in creating social justice theatre work. He also has worked with Zuppa theatre in Halifax and has experience teaching drama for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth.

 

Lynx Sainte-Marie and Stef Mendolia (Toronto, ON) Aug 19 – Sept 10

 

Creating written, visual, and performance art pieces Lynx and Stef will utilize this residency to explore identity through storytelling. Through their art Lynx and Stef will engage with histories of madness, trauma, and chronic pain - as people with multiple intersections of oppression and access to privilege - in order to promote healing and disrupt dominant discourses of power.

 

Through these discoveries, they will host two events: 1) a story-sharing space that prioritizes Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), and individuals with multiple intersections of oppression, to explore personal connections of spirituality and creative forces. 2) A workshop that focuses on what is involved in the creation of radical accessible, equitable space as mad & dis/abled people.


Lynx Sainte-Marie is a disabled/chronically ill, non-binary/genderfluid, Afro+Goth Poet of the Jamaican diaspora with ancestral roots indigenous to Africa and the British Isles. Lynx is a writer, multimedium artist, activist, educator, creator and community builder. 

 

Stef Mendolia is a Toronto-born third-generation Sicilian-Calabrian-Canadian, psychiatric survivor/mad, crip, queer, femme. Stef is a scholar, advocate, and multidisciplinary artist.

 

Aimee Louw and Katie Jung (Montreal, QC)  - Dates TBD

 

Aimee Louw and Katie Jung will host a three-week long open air studio near the water to discuss, create about and reflect on accessibility and transformative justice. Part of their purpose is to gather, to discuss, think about and reflect on the need for a deeper understanding of access. They will offer a forum to come together with others who also experience access barriers to share lived experiences with each other. They will base the creative and community elements of the open air studio around interested people's access needs and desires as they arise.

Aimee Louw is a writer, activist, radio host and researcher. Aimee’s media practice spans topics of accessibility, sexuality and feminism. She directs the multimedia Underwater City Project, and loves to go swimming.

 

Katie Jung is a Montreal-based artist, activist, disabled or not disabled person (depending who you ask).

 

Joshua M. Pawis-Steckley (Vancouver, BC) Oct 1 – 15

 

Joshua will produce screen-printed poster series and accompanying zine outlining the historical relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Canada and to raise awareness of the troubling current state of affairs today. The posters and zine will present grassroots initiatives that are already in place in some communities today that promote peaceful healing between the two groups and present ways we can work towards decolonizing within our own community to move forward and reconcile together.

 

Joshua M. Pawis-Steckley is an artist who is passionate about painting and screen-printing. Joshua is a person of both indigenous and non-indigenous background. Joshua’s art mostly focuses on animals totems, indigenous spirits and portrays personal introspective subjects.

 

beyon wren moor and Wulfgang Zapf (Lekwungen and W̱ SÁNEĆ Territory -Victoria BC) Oct 16 - Nov 7

 

beyon and Wulfgang will complete the final process of a book and poster series titled "Voices: Indigenous Women on the Front Lines Speak". Voices will be a collection of interviews with Indigenous women and queer Indigenous land defenders who are resisting ongoing colonization on the front line in so called British Columbia while carrying culture anew in their work. beyon and Wulfgang will create a small run of screen printed and hand bound books and posters as well as a more accessible run as zines.

beyon wren moor is an award winning, transgender, mixed race, indigenous, multidisciplinary artist / activist, and nationally touring musician. Her work exposes intergenerational trauma and its roots in colonization and continued state violence towards indigenous peoples.

 

Wulfgang Zapf is a non-binary trans, neuro divergent, white settler whose performance, photography, zines, installation, and social practice explores all that is rendered invisible; to reveal what has been erased and collaboratively create transformation towards liberation.

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.
 
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR 2016 IS CURRENTLY CLOSED
 
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