Collider: In-Residence Artist Residency

Collider: In-Residence Artist Residency

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Contemporary Calgary's latest Collider residency will be run as an experimental In-Residence Artist Residency, facilitated via virtual interactions and workshops.

The making of art tends to be a solitary practice. Artist residencies have for years, facilitated peer review and the sharing of knowledge in refreshingly new ways and spaces. In the midst of a global pandemic, artists are invited to draw parallels between their own studio practices and today’s need to observe social distance and self-isolation. By destabilizing the very agency of the residency model in adapting it instead to a virtual interface, the idea is to explore and question its efficacy while attempting to configure new ways of cohabiting space, expanding platforms for art production and engagement, and building meaningful communal relationships.

The In-Residence artists are expected to realize at least one individual work, one public program that the artist is expected to execute, and one work developed collaboratively among all residents. The work produced in this residency is not a commission and need not result in physical objects, but should reflect the issues discussed above.

Local, national and international contemporary artists, working in the fields of visual art, arts writing, sound, film, photography, design and performance are invited to apply. A total of ten artists will be accepted. Accepted artists will be informed by May 1, 2020. Collider: In-Residence Artist Residency will run for 6 weeks from May 4 – June 15, 2020, spanning three work week modules of two weeks each. While the organisers respect all artists’ methodologies of working, the residency will require weekly online meetings and workshops:

  • Weeks 1 – 2: Introductory presentations, sharing of proposal thoughts and working methodologies
  • Weeks 3 – 4: Peer critique and engagement
  • Weeks 5 – 6: Constellation of ideas and forms toward conclusive frameworks/formats

Accepted artists will receive a $1,500 CAD residency fee. This fee is inclusive of any payment for realizing a Public Program (lecture, workshop, film series, kids program, et al). 

Applications must be emailed as a PDF or Word file to [email protected], with the subject line: “Collider: In Residence Artist Residency” with deadline 15th April 2020. Emails should not exceed the 25MB space limit:

  • An outline of a project that includes thoughts responding to the themes of colliding work practices, building new modes of cohabitation, expanded platforms for art, and thinking of containment in terms of positive self-reflexivity (max 500 words)
  • A short biography (250 words)
  • An artist statement (250 words)
  • Contact information that includes your location, email and a phone number. You may also include relevant website information and project links
  • Relevant supporting material (no more than three projects, in progress or realized)