Centre for the study of substructured loss
Established in 2009, the CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF SUBSTRUCTURED LOSS is a Canadian organization dedicated to the development of applied grief and bereavement research. Interdisciplinary in nature, the research is documented through the use of practice-based/led methods within art and is comprised of work from both creative and technical practitioners. The CENTRE aims to provide a platform for the development of their research and is produced in partnership with local, national, and international academic bodies, institutions, foundations, and non-profits.
The artist-in-residence candidates are selected annually through an open call application process or in some cases, by invitation. The program supports emerging and established artistic professionals/researchers working in any medium. Residents can continue with existing projects or undertake new research. The residency program encourages experimentation and the development of multi/interdisciplinary studio work grounded in research within the field of grief and bereavement. The work can encompass and explore varying physical and emotional processes (or loss) that people undergo. Previous subject matter includes the aging process and the elderly, cancer patients, sexual assault, and individuals affected by miscarriage etc. The residency aims to provide working artistic professionals with a platform for research and production; one that may lead to expanded possibilities, collaboration, a broader network, and possibly new works.
For successful applicants - the CENTRE provides mentorship and guidance throughout the creative development process including iteration, subject-specific research (including access to research databases, studio equipment and apparatus specific to their practice etc.), presentation of works (access to facilities etc.), as well as, access to local resources and administrative support. Each candidate is paired with a mentor that specializes in their specific field or area of expertise and the project is nurtured from conception to creation to presentation. However, candidates generally choose what level of independence or dependence they require throughout the process.
Participants are expected to present their findings when the residency program concludes and are given the flexibility to choose which form of presentation suits their findings best (i.e.exhibition, lecture, panel and/or forum).
The CENTRE will arrange functionally-appropriate shared studio, workshop facilities, or office desk space for use throughout the course of the residency. The workspace will be located within a studio collective shared by other artists and working professionals. The environment will allow participants to engage in public conversations and cultivate dialogue with local artists and professionals.
While the CENTRE does not currently provide housing, they DO actively provide assistance in finding local lodging.
Residents will have access to a full range of office equipment (printers, scanners etc.) alongside access to online databases for scholarly research. In addition, offsite Fine Art studios are fully equipped with materials and apparatus that supports several labor intensive disciplines (carving, modelling, casting etc.). Residents will also have access to meeting rooms designed for public collaboration between disciplines.
The residencies are held at the multi-functional studio in the heart of Toronto, Canada (pop. 2.6 million). A vibrant and progressive city with access to cultural institutions, museums, galleries, research facilities, public libraries and transportation. Residents will have access to a space that aligns with their given practice i.e. workshop, office, or studio space. They also have access to off-site studio spaces where several practitioners/instructors practice their discipline. These include fully equipped Sculpture, Visual and Fine Art Studios.