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Artist Residency Application

Deadline to apply: December 20, 2021

The Art Studio at Gladstone House is a space for creativity and interaction. Located on the Studio Level of the hotel, the Art Studio is a bright, open, 480 square foot room with 2 spaces for resident artists and a 12-seat area for workshops. The Art Studio will be open to hotel guests at select times for informal interactions – guests can ask questions and watch artists at work.

The opportunity:

Gladstone House invites applications for short-term (3-4 month) visual art or craft residencies. Residencies are self-directed: the artists work on projects of their own choosing. Work may be tied to a project, including preparation for an exhibition or show/sale, or may be for portfolio/practice development. There is no fee to use the space.

Term:

Residencies are 3-4 months. There is no fee to use the space.

Applications are accepted for 3 or 4 month blocks, beginning December 1, 2021 through to the end of 2022. Blocks can be any continuous 3 or 4 month period to the end of 2022, eg. January 1-March 31, February 1-April 30.

The space:

Each artist space is 11×6 feet, delineated by 2 tables (60×30 in and 72×30 in, arranged in a L-shape) and a lockable 3-shelf cabinet. A rolling, upholstered task chair is provided for each artist. The Art Studio is well lit by overhead fluorescent and track lights. It has 3 windows on the west side, which receive light through window wells. The space is open – walls do not separate the artist spaces from the classroom area.

The Art Studio is located on the Studio Level, one floor below the main floor. It is accessible by stairs only.

Types of media suitable for the space:

The studio is an open space: practices that make regular use of dust-producing, noisy equipment are not a fit. Drills and other small power tools may be used from time to time but should not be a primary part of the artist’s practice. The studio does not have an industrial ventilation system – oil-based paints, turpentine, and varnishes are not permitted. Torches and burners are not permitted. Suitable media include:

  • 2D work including drawing, painting (acrylic, tempera or watercolour only), collage, mixed media, illustration, block printing (water-based inks only)
  • Small scale sculpture (certain materials may not be a fit)
  • Textiles and fashion (sewing machines and irons are permitted)
  • Jewellery (wirework, beadwork)
  • Digital work

Gladstone House provides:

  • 2 work tables
  • task chair
  • lockable 3 shelf cabinet
  • free WiFi. No access to computers and printers.

The artist provides:

  • all materials and equipment
  • this residency offers space only – accommodation and stipend are not provided

Other opportunities:

Artists can organize a workshop, demonstration, talk or presentation during their residencies. These programs will be approved by and coordinated with the Gladstone House Curator.

Criteria:

  • This call is open to professional artists* at any career stage (must be at least 19 years old).
  • The Gladstone Hotel is committed to equity and diversity. Qualified applicants with diverse identities and lived experiences are encouraged to apply.
  • Artists are assessed on the application materials described below and the fit of the practice to the space.

* The Canada Council defines a professional artist as an artist who:

  • has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially
  • has [some] history of public presentation or publication [including exhibitions as part of post-secondary coursework or thesis]

Application materials:

  • 5 images of your work, or a link to your website

In a single PDF, please use the following headings:

  • Artist bio. Tell us about yourself (max 125 words). Gladstone House encourages applications from artists with diverse identities and lived experiences. You may choose to share how you identify here. This information will be viewed by the Curator, and will not be shared elsewhere without the consent of the artist.
  • Artist statement. Tell us about your practice. What do you make? What is your work about? (max 125 words)
  • Work plan. What do you plan to work on? What will you make or do? What’s the outcome – an exhibition? Sale? Developing new ideas? (max 75 words)
  • Why are you interested in working in the Art Studio at Gladstone House? (max 100 words)
  • Preferred dates. When would you like to work here? Please provide a preferred 3 month block of time. If you are creating work for a show, sale or other deadline, please include those dates. If your dates are flexible, please provide the earliest date you’d be willing to start.

To Apply, for questions, or to request an alternate format, please contact:
Lee Petrie, Curator, Gladstone House, at lpetrie@gladstonehouse.ca. Please indicate Artist Residency in the subject of your email.

Applications are due by 5:00PM (EST) on December 20, 2021

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