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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Artist residency?

An artist residency is an opportunity provided by a host organisation that enables a guest artist to work in a new environment, often away from the restrictions and pressures of their everyday lives. It’s about providing the time and space for a guest artist to develop work and creatively explore new ideas. Artist residencies are important because they provide opportunities for artists from around the world to spend time in a new atmosphere and environment. They support cultural and artistic exchange, nurture experimentation and new ideas, and support research and the development of new work.

How do I apply to be a Street Artist in Residence?

Fill out the artist application at APPLY and pay your US$10 application fee. Be sure to include an active link to view your work, ex. IG, website, online portfolio, artist statement, etc. If we can’t see you, we can’t choose you.

When will I know if I have been accepted as a Street Artist in Residence?

SAiR Board members aim to review applications every six months, typically in January and June. Applications submitted by June 30th will be reviewed and responded to by July 30th for the first half of the following year. Applications submitted by Dec 30 will be will be reviewed and responded to by January 30th for the second half of the following year.

How are artists selected for residency?

Residents are selected by committee. We all sit down around a large fireplace, drinking tequila, smoking cigars and reviewing portfolios. Nah, just kidding, we don’t like cigars.

What are you looking for in a SAiR Artist?


  • Talent
  • Originality
  • Skill
  • Experience
  • Work Ethic
  • Professionalism
  • Great Time Management Skills
  • Positive Attitude
  • A good sense of humor is a huge bonus

A US$100 Acceptance Fee? Seriously?

Artists accepted into the SAiR program are required to submit a US$100 non-refundable acceptance fee to confirm their selected month(s) of residence. The entire amount is applied to your your paint fund and will be accessible to you once you turn up at House of Trestles or Mizata Point. If you no-show for any reason, the fee is applied to your administrative costs.

What are my responsibilities to Street Artist in Residence?

  • T-shirt Graphic: Each artist is asked to contribute a graphic to be printed on a Street Artist in Residence T-shirt. Proceeds from the sale of the shirts are used to help sustain the program.
  • 4” x 6” print: Each artist is asked to contribute an original image which will be made into a 4”x 6” art print. Proceeds from the sale of the prints are used to help sustain the program.
  • Mural at House of Trestles/Mizata Point: Each artist is asked to contribute a mural to House of Trestles or MIzata Point. We’ll provide the paint, you make the magic.

What are my financial responsibilities?

SAiR provides transportation to and from the airport, lodging at House of Trestles or Mizata Point, storage for supplies and materials, assistance with marketing, networking, and press releases, and a stipend for paint to be used on pre-approved SAiR projects. Airfare, meals, any additional supplies, materials, and transportation are the artist’s responsibility.

What expenses should I budget for during my stay?

  • Airfare: You will need to arrange and pay for your own flights.
  • Transportation: At times SAiR volunteers will offer to help transport you to projects but you will be at their mercy in terms of timing and availability. If you want the freedom to come and go as you please, we recommend you rent or buy a car for the duration of your stay. Otherwise, your options include Lyft/Uber, bus, train, bike, or taxi.
  • Meals: Meals are the artist’s responsibility.
  • Additional supplies and materials: Anything above the SAiR paint stipend or used on personal or commission projects is the artist’s responsibility.
  • Etc: Additional travel, accommodations outside of House of Trestles, medical expenses, phone bills, car rental, car insurance, gas/petrol, etc. are the responsibility of the artist.

What about this Paint Stipend?

Artists accepted into the SAiR program are required to submit a US$100 non-refundable acceptance fee to confirm their selected month(s) of residence. The full amount is applied to your paint fund which is available to you upon your arrival at House of Trestles/Mizata Point. An additional paint stipend may be available to be used on pre-approved SAiR projects.

What is life like at House of Trestles in San Clemente?

Street Artist in Residence provides accommodation at House of Trestles for the length of the artist’s residency at no cost to the artist. The House of Trestles is a creative space filled with murals, music, and world travelers. It is true hostel living steeped in San Clemente Surf Culture and Street Art. Read the following to be absolutely clear on what to expect.

  • You will stay in a semi-private room with handcrafted birch bunk beds with a curtain system for additional privacy. Each bunk has a memory foam mattress, reading light, USB charging dock and lockable storage. Each room has a sink, windows and air conditioning.
  • Common areas include a kitchen, dining hall, lounge areas, laundry room, restrooms, showers, surf shower, wetsuit rack, and an art gallery. As home to the Street Artist in Residence program, the building is covered in murals by internationally acclaimed street artists.
  • There is a grocery store, a liquor store, and many restaurants, cafes, take-out joints, and bars within walking, biking, and Uber/Lyft distance. The House of Trestles boasts a shared Chef’s kitchen you are welcome to take advantage of. Not only will you eat well and save money but you will meet other interesting travelers you can swap tales with over your steaming bowl of ramen noodles.
  • At the hostel, people come and go. Nothing is static. Travelers stay for one night, a couple of days, or several weeks. You will constantly meet and interact with new people of all ages and backgrounds. Bedrooms, bathrooms, communal rooms, plates, cups, knives, forks, pots and pans, you name it, it’s all shared. That being said, living and working in a hostel is a one of a kind experience. There’s a unique sense of togetherness and family when you share your space and time with people from all over the world.

What is life like at Mizata Point in El Salvador?

Coming soon...

Is there a studio for me to work in?

We assume most of your work will be out on the street so we do not provide a dedicated studio for artists to work in. However, you will find work space to plan, create, draw, and paint. All SAiR artists are provided wall space at House of Trestles or Mizata Point for murals.

How does SAiR support the artists?

The ultimate goal of the SAiR program is to maximize the exposure and brand ID for international street artists. As such, SAiR Board members provide a connection to the local Street Art scene which includes a primer on street art in the area, an overview of available wall space, and introductions to local Street Art publications and members of the Street Art community. We also provide assistance with marketing, networking, social media, and press releases. The success of the residency is ultimately determined by the work ethic and determination of the artist.

How does SAiR get Walls?

SAiR board members utilize our personal contacts within the art community to procure wall space for you. We put our reputation on the line when shopping your art to potential property owners, galleries, curators, and local businesses. We may ask you for a mural treatment and/or proposal in advance of your arrival. This should include proposed image(s), paint and supply list, and proposed length of time to complete the project.

Can my Partner/Significant Other/BF/GF/Mom/Bearded Dragon join me during my residency?

Unless you are a working team, we strongly suggest you leave Carol home during the bulk of your residency. It's not that we have anything against your special someone but we have found our artists to be far more successful in their endeavors when they don't have someone else to consider. That being said, Sweet Carol is welcome to join you (for a nominal accommodation fee) for a few days at the end of your residency to bask in your accomplishments.

Who is SAiR anyway?

Street Artist in Residence is a non-profit program that supports the creation of public art and the artists that do so. We are run entirely by volunteers fueled by passion, dedication, and an unquenchable love of the art form. For more info on our Board see our ABOUT US page.