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The open call for 2020/21 QAW Riso Residencies closed on May 22, 2020. We’re excited about the range of applications received, representing an enormous variety of projects, approaches, and practices, and the beginning of a larger QAW community. Our first round of residents will be announced in June. Read more about our evaluation process → here.

QAW residents get access to our studio space, risograph printer, and other resources for the realization of a particular project. In selecting residents, we’re prioritizing queer methods, radical publishing, and experimentation, as practiced by folks who are traditionally underserved.

We’re still learning a lot as we try to shape a transparent and equitable application process that contains as few barriers to access as possible. This includes our acknowledging the existence of a wide range of intersecting forces that historically produce various burdens and privileges, directly impacting one’s ability to sustain a creative practice, including, but not limited to: student debt, institutional affiliation, race, economic circumstances, gender identity, illness, disability, education access, language and native fluency, immigration status, time constraints, and geographic location. QAW’s decision-making attempts to account for these and other vectors that may play a significant role in how, why, or even if someone is able to access an artist’s residency.

Each residency may be up to two weeks long, with full access to the studio, the risograph printer, the library, and all equipment and supplies (inks, papers, paper trimmer, etc.), including an unrestricted stipend of $500 awarded directly to the artist, to be used for any purpose that enables them to access the residency (travel, food, rent, project supplies, etc.). This is a work-only residency (no lodging provided).

Please note that QAW has one main level that is easily accessed via wheelchair from the street and parking lot, plus two interior spaces that are accessible only by stair. The printer and library are permanently located on the first floor and accessible. Any tools, supplies, and resources that are not already on the first floor may be re-located there for the duration of a residency, if so desired.

2020/2021 residencies will be determined by a Providence-based review team that includes artist Edwige Charlot, writer Nora Khan, QAW founder Paul Soulellis, and QAW director David Kim.

In addition to selecting recipients for the first three residencies, we’ll be inviting a larger cohort of finalists for additional opportunities over the next year. We’re also thinking of other ways for applicants to connect with and support each other, and sustain engagement with QAW as part of our extended community. If you’re interested in being contacted about future residencies and other programs, please send a note!

QAW residents have full access to:
  • A single drum SF9450 Risograph printer
  • Plenty of master rolls
  • Six color ink drums and lots of extra ink
  • Various papers (standard letter and tabloid sizes)
  • Three large work surfaces, lots of wall space
  • $500 stipend
  • Dahle 442 paper trimmer
  • Scissors, adhesive tapes, glue sticks, pens, pencils, xcto knives, cutting mat, straight edges, etc.
  • Bostich heavy-duty stapler (can assemble up to 130 sheets at a time!)
  • Bostich booklet stapler
  • Experimental publishing library for reference and inspiration (zines, books, objects)
  • QAW code of conduct
  • Residents have unlimited access to the studio, but please note that this residency is strictly work-only

Last updated June 25, 2020