Critical Mass > Artist in Residence Programme for Socially Engaged Artists (Canada)

Critical Mass, a contemporary art centre based in Port Hope, is offering socially engaged contemporary artists a paid two- or four-week residency, funded by an Ontario Trillium SEED Grant. Residencies will take place in the organisation’s Little Station (a mid-1850s former train station) between 15 April – 15 October 2020.

The artist in residence programme provides socially-engaged artists with the time and space to generate new or bold ideas; showcase their creative practice; build their body of work and connect with individuals in the urban/rural small town community of Port Hope.

‘Environment’ is the chosen theme of the 2020 programme. Artists may explore this theme in terms of the natural and/or cultural environment as widely or as narrowly as their practice and interests dictate.

Programme goals:

  • Animate public space(s); generate art that may make use of, reinvent, or challenge

  • people's relationships with space in Port Hope.

  • Help to tell or expand Port Hope's story.

  • Elevate what makes Port Hope great; contributing to civic pride and visitor appeal.

  • Broaden and increase arts engagement, especially among youth and seniors.

  • Create opportunities for inter-generational and/or inter-cultural exchange.

While the artist’s process is as important as the resulting artistic products, residency projects should produce an outcome such as, but not limited to: a temporary installation, performance, creative collaboration, exhibition, or shareable community experience, as well as running community engagement activities.

Two-week residencies come with a stipend of $2,125 CAD (~1450 EUR), while four-week residencies are awarded $3,875 CAD (~2650 EUR). The stipend is intended to meet the artist’s basic needs while doing focused work and includes a contribution to assist artists with travel expenses. While artists will have access to Critical Mass’ working space, they will be responsible for their own living arrangements, personal expenses, materials, and supplies.

Canadian or international artists are invited to apply, and applications can come from individuals or groups.

Deadline: 28 February 2020

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