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The Steel Yard

Emerging Program member

The Steel Yard’s Residency Program is designed to assist emerging to mid-level artists in growing and strengthening their art practice in a supportive, cooperative environment through access to the Steel Yard’s studios and facilities. Participating artists have the opportunity to work together, to take part in community events and sales and to be creative leaders in a vibrant community shop. Most of all, residents get an all access pass to our studios in pursuit of their own work.

Located along the Woonasquatucket River in the heart of Providence’s Industrial Valley neighborhood, the Steel Yard’s Residency Programs are housed in our 10,000 square foot industrial art studio. This community shop serves as a creative incubator for working artists, professionals, and students alike. All Residents will have use of their respective studios except during teaching times, special events, or when the Steel Yard is closed.

Don't want to commit to 8 months? Artists looking to complete a specific project or prototype within a limited amount of time may apply for a Micro Residency at the Steel Yard.

The Steel Yard hosts Residency opportunities in Ceramics, Light Metals (Jewelry and metal forming), and Metals (Foundry, Blacksmithing, and Welding). All residencies include shared studios and tools along with personal storage space. Residency fee is $1,000 annually or 8 monthly payments of $125.

-One red rolling rack for personal storage - 48 sq. feet of shelf storage
-3 firings per month, each additional firing is $30
-Contribute 5 hours each month to the overall health and wellbeing of the studio
-The Steel Yard supports ceramics artists working both on and off the wheel. Artists working in this department will have 24-hour access to a fully outfitted ceramics studio. Ceramics studios run primarily cone-6 kilns with the opportunity for occasional cone-10 firings in our anagama wood kiln. Ceramics equipment includes electric and kick wheels, cone-6 electric kilns, slab roller, pug mill, extruder, limited studio glazes, recycled clay and assorted hand tools.

-A dedicated locker for personal storage, materials, and some consumables will need to be purchased by the Resident
-Contribute 5 hours each month to the overall health and wellbeing of the studio
-The Steel Yard also supports artists working in light metals: jewelers and fabricators. Residents working in this department will have access to a fully outfitted jewelry studio and to tools in the metal department space.
-Non-ferrous materials can be worked in the jewelry studio, which includes two soldering torches, rolling mill, hydraulic press, drill press, jump shear, and tumbler. Additional hand tools include a variety of hammers, mandrels, punches, dapping sets, etc. These tools can support the creation of jewelry projects, sheet metal forming, vessel making, repousse work and more.

-A dedicated storage space roughly 48 x 48 on a pallet rack and a locker for personal storage
-Contribute 5 hours each month to the overall health and wellbeing of the studio
-Steel and other personal work materials will need to be independently purchased by the Resident
-Optional participation in 3-5 Iron Pours per year; iron and other consumables will be billed by weight following each pour

The Steel Yard also supports artists working in ferrous metals: foundry artists, blacksmiths, and welders. Residents working in this department will have access to metal department space during non-teaching times, special events, or when the Steel Yard is closed.

The Steel Yard primarily casts iron in our custom 600lb capacity tilt furnace. Working as a team, Foundry Residents have the opportunity to fire this furnace multiple times throughout the year to create their own artwork. Available foundry equipment includes everything needed for bonded-sand casting: a large capacity sand muller, CO2 apparatus, foundry safety gear, and various mold making, wax working and pouring tools. In the main studio, artists have access to a coal forge, two atmospheric propane forges, anvils, stakes, vices and hammers, MIG welders, TIG welders, plasma cutter, Oxy-Acetylene torches, drill press, horizontal band saw, chop saw, and assorted hand tools.


Providence, Rhode Island: United States

The Steel Yard is an award-winning industrial arts center, a manufacturer of custom and functional public-art, a craft school and shared studio, and Providence's most unique private outdoor venue.

Contact Information

27 Sims Ave
Providence, 02909
United States