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Arts and Culture

Indigenous Artist in Residence 2022

Now accepting applications for February - April 2022

Call for Indigenous Artist in Residence: February – April 2022

Application deadline: Friday, December 31, 2021

The Calgary Public Library invites applications for the paid position of Indigenous Artist in Residence at the Central Library from February to April 2022.  The Indigenous Artist in Residence will also receive the Indigenous Artist Award, sponsored by TD Bank Group as part of Calgary Arts Development's Leaders Legacy Awards. This residency aims to recognize the contribution of Indigenous artists, craftspeople and knowledge keepers to Calgary (Moh'kins'tsis’)In response to the calls to action in the White Goose Flying Report to Calgary City Council on the Indian Residential School Truth and Reconciliation, the Library seeks to honour Indigenous cultures and to promote intercultural understanding, perspective-taking, and communication between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The residency aims to create a supportive environment for artists in Calgary to have time and space to create their own work while introducing Library patrons to artists and art forms they may not otherwise experience. Community engagement events, such as lectures and workshops, and regular open studio hours provide the public with opportunities to meet Artists, observe the artistic process and participate in artmaking. 

Interested applicants are invited to attend an online information session about the application process: Applying for Grants and Residencies: Workshop for Artists. The information session takes place on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 7:30 – 8:30 pm.

Description of the Position

The Library is seeking emerging or mid-career, self-identified First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis Artists and Artist teams working in any artistic discipline and who enjoy working with people. An emerging or mid-career Artist is identified as one who has not been internationally recognized and does not have regular representation by an agent or gallery. 

 The Artist(s) should: 

The residency studio is a glass-walled studio in public space. While the Artist’s practice and privacy is to be respected whether in the studio or in the public space of the library, we do expect the artist to be comfortable and open to engaging with patrons. Artists are encouraged to make their creative process visible in the studio space, so that the public can look in through the windows when the studio doors are closed. 

The Indigenous Artist residency runs for three months, February to April, annually. The Artist will be required to take part in an Artist talk at the beginning of the residency and host at least two public workshops and/or school programs in collaboration with the LibraryThe Artist will determine and hold open studio hours at Central Library for a minimum 7.5 hours per week, culminating in an exhibition or performance in May 2022. The Artist in Residence studio is available to the Artist during opening hours to work on their own projects. 

Remuneration

The Artist in Residence honorarium is $50.00 per hour to a maximum of 100 hours per residency. This amount includes offsite preparation time and onsite program delivery time, and any other project expenses incurred by the applicant, except for materials specific to community engagement events. 

The Indigenous Artist in Residence will also receive the Indigenous Artist Award, sponsored by TD Bank Group as part of Calgary Arts Development's Leaders Legacy Awards. This residency aims to recognize the contribution of Indigenous Artists, Craftspeople and Knowledge Keepers to Calgary (Moh'kins'tsis’)

Qualifications

Artists cannot apply individually and belong to an organization/collective that is applying in the same competition. 

For individual Artists, the following eligibility criteria apply: 

If the applicant is an organization or a collective, the following eligibility criteria apply: 

The successful applicant must be willing to: 

Application Criteria

The successful candidate will be selected by a committee of Library employees and Indigenous community members. All applicants will be notified once the committee has made its selection, generally in early January.  The successful candidate will be notified, but their name will not be announced until the residency has been secured. 

Please submit applications to: 

Service Design: Artist in Residence Program 
Central Library, 800 3 Street SE 
Calgary, AB T2G 2E7 

Or electronically to artist.residence@calgarylibrary.ca 

Application deadline: Friday, December 31, 2021.