Watershed+ Residency Program at Ralph Klein Park
As part of Watershed+ program an artist studio space has been developed at Ralph Klein Park (RKP) for an ongoing artist residency program. the residency offers artists a unique opportunity to explore, experiment and engage in thoughts and conversations around Calgary’s watershed, water management and the Park environment, resulting in a enriched understanding of contemporary artistic practice and the environment – for artists, the public and the City of Calgary staff.
- Long-term residency: as part of the long term residency, the artists selected will work for a minimum of three months (this does not have to be consecutive).
- In addition to the long term residency program, there is an opportunity for artists to participate in short term residencies up to four weeks in length. These are paid opportunities that invite artists to use the facilities as a short term residency space.
During their residency, artists will be expected to engage with the RKP staff to promote collaboration and connections between contemporary art practice and natural and man-made processes on site, and potentially more broadly in the city.
A purpose built individual artist studio space will be provided at RKP, positioned on the top floor of the eeeC building overlooking the manmade wetlands, with access to a workshop with a selection of basic hand and power tools. access to special equipment requirements may be negotiated.
For the long term residency the artist will be provided with accommodation options (within the accommodation allowance). Artists are not required to accept this accommodation if they wish to make alternative arrangements.
RKP is Calgary’s newest major park and is located within the shepard stormwater diversion Project – a 156 hectares (385 acres) man-made wetland that functions as both a stormwater storage facility and a treatment wetland that naturally filters stormwater. It is the largest constructed stormwater treatment wetland in Canada and provides a route for stormwater from the east side of the city to the Bow River.