Artist studio applications are currently closed

The Opportunity
Cherry Street Pier will have 14 studio spaces available to rent, beginning late summer 2018. Eight studios on the ground floor are 443 square feet each and will rent for $500 per month. Six studios on the mezzanine level are 289 square feet each and will rent for $400 per month. Licensing a studio entails additional rights to approximately 2,000 square feet of collaborative workspace within the pier and to preferential access to market and exhibition spaces within the pier.

All studios are fully conditioned with heat and air conditioning as well as 100 amp single phase service. Studios do not have their own plumbing, but there is shared access to a sink in the collaborative work space and access to public restrooms in the pier. Studios are unfurnished. Studios will be accessible to licensees 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and DRWC will provide security on site. At the time of its opening, there will be no shared equipment but DRWC will work with tenants to provide mutually-agreed-upon equipment at a later date.  Given space and code constraints, it is unlikely that heavy equipment such as that for wood-working and metal-working, or a kiln would be allowed within the pier.

The studios will be managed by DRWC. Once selected, artists will be expected to sign a license agreement with DRWC to secure their space in the pier. The standard term for the agreement will be one year, but DRWC is open to shorter-term licenses for those interested. A sample license agreement can be found below. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review the license agreement before applying, particularly regarding the rules and regulations of the pier and the insurance requirements. Please note that should a licensee not be able to provide their own insurance, they may buy into The Cherry Street Pier Artists Group Policy, which will be established by DRWC. The rate for this policy has not yet been set, but will likely be less than $20 per month.


The Application Process

Individuals or small collectives/non-profits interested in licensing space in one of the studios at Cherry Street Pier should complete the attached application form and submit it to DRWC for review. Applications will be accepted until April 13, 2018. Once an initial cohort of tenants is selected, DRWC anticipates accepting additional applications on a rolling basis. DRWC will maintain a waiting list for studio spaces as they become available.


The Selection Process

Once all applications have been received, DRWC will undertake a two-step selection process. The first will be a technical review to ensure that applications are complete. The second will be a substantive review meant to select an initial cohort of tenants that best meets the values and goals DRWC has for the Cherry Street Pier. This review will be conducted by DRWC staff with assistance from an advisory panel comprised of experts in creative communities, public art, and public space.


Values-Based Criteria for Selection:

Reflect an Authentic Philadelphia – Licensees should reflect the population of Philadelphia and include traditionally under-represented populations

Provide Diverse Offerings – Licensees should represent a broad range of artistic disciplines (within the constraints of the space) and experience levels

Support Emerging Artists and Entrepreneurs – Licensees should be poised to benefit from being a part of Cherry Street Pier creatively and professionally

Support Learning and Collaboration – Licensees should be willing and eager to be a part of a collaborative, community-focused initiative



The selection process is anticipated to take between 6 and 8 weeks. DRWC intends to notify applicants of the decision by June 1, 2018 and licensees can expect to move in by early September 2018.

Friday, March 9: Applications Open
Thursday, March 29 (Please note the changed date) In-Person Q&A Session at Cherry Street Pier (121 N. Columbus Blvd)
Thursday, March 22: Facebook Q&A Session on the Cherry Street Pier Facebook Page
Friday, April 13: Applications Due
Friday, June 1: Notifications sent

Facebook Q&A Session