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Artist Residency Application

Applications are due by 5:00 PM (EST) on December 19, 2022

GLADSTONE HOUSE ARTIST RESIDENCIES: CALL TO ARTISTS

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 three spaces for resident artists.
Artist painting on an easel in a studio

The Opportunity:

Gladstone House invites applications for short-term (3-4 months) visual art or craft residencies. Residencies are self-directed: the artists work on projects of their choosing. Work may be tied to a project, including preparation for an exhibition, show/sale, or portfolio/practice development.

There is no fee to use the space.

The artists have access to the Art Studio 7 days a week, from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Term:

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

Applications are accepted for three or four-month blocks, beginning January 1, 2023, and ending December 2023. Blocks can be any continuous three or four-month period to the end of 2023, e.g. January 1-March 31, February 1-April 30.

The Artists’ Commitment:

In exchange for the free use of the space, the artist is expected to work in the studio at least three half-days per week. The Art Studio is open to hotel guests for informal interactions whenever artists are on site.

The Space:

Each artist’s space is approximately 11×6 feet, delineated by two tables (60×30 in and 72×30 in, arranged in an L-shape). A rolling, upholstered task chair is provided for each artist. The space is open – walls do not separate the artist’s spaces. Three raised worktables for common use are in the middle of the room. The Art Studio is well-lit by overhead fluorescent and track lights. It has three windows on the west side, which receive light through window wells. The Art Studio is located on the Studio Level, one floor below the main floor. It is accessible by stairs only.

Gladstone House Provides:

  • Two worktables
  • Task chair
  • Cabinet
  • Free WIFI (No access to computers or printers)

The Artist Provides:

  • All materials and equipment
  • This residency offers space only – accommodation and stipend are not provided

Types Of Media Suitable For The Space:

The studio is an open space: practices that regularly use dust-producing, noisy equipment is not a fit. Drills and other small power tools may be used sometimes 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 allowed. 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)
  • Jewelry (wirework, beadwork)
  • Digital work

Criteria:

  • This call is open to professional artists* at any career stage (must be 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 creative activity, if possible, financially.
  • Has [some] history of public presentation or publication [including exhibitions as part of post-secondary coursework or thesis].

Application Materials:

Please complete the application form. You will be asked to provide the following:

  • Five images of your work or a link to your website
  • 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. The Curator will view this information, and will not be shared elsewhere without the artist’s consent.
  • 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)
  • Do you currently have access to a studio space?
  • Preferred dates. When would you like to work here? Please provide a preferred 3-month block of time. Please include those dates if you create work for a show, sale, or deadline. If your dates are flexible, please provide the earliest date you’d be willing to start.

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 5:00 PM (EST) on December 19, 2022

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