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:
- Have a connection to Calgary. Those with connections to the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani) Stoney-Nakoda (Chiniki, Wesley and Bearspaw), and TsuuT’ina Nations and Calgary’s urban Indigenous community, Métis Nation Region (MNA) 3 are especially encouraged to apply.
- Bring knowledge and understanding of the significant cultural heritage and legacy of Indigenous Peoples, especially the rich histories, stories and customs inherent in the land. We encourage artists to bring their Indigenous identities, histories, cultures, languages, traditions, principles, worldviews, relationships and ways of knowing to the public through the Library.
- Create learning opportunities that support the Calgary Public Library’s journey of reconciliation and commitment to respond to the City of Calgary’s Calls to Action of White Goose Flying – A Report to Calgary City Council on the Indian Residential School Truth and Reconciliation. The Calgary Public Library has an important part to play in the reconciliation process by bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities together in a culturally safe space.
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 Library. The 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.
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’).
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:
- Must not be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Self-identify as an artist/illustrator/performer/craftsperson and is recognized as such by artists/illustrators working in the same artistic tradition
- Actively practices their art
- Experience working with communities, large groups and/or children and youth is an asset
If the applicant is an organization or a collective, the following eligibility criteria apply:
- A collective is defined as two or more Artists working together under a group name with at least one of the members self-identifying as Indigenous, either on a single project (ad hoc) or on an ongoing basis
- For collectives of two Artists, neither can be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program and be 18 years of age or older
- For collectives of more than two artists, most members must not be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program and be 18 years of age or older
- Experience working with communities, large groups and/or children and youth is an asset
The successful applicant must be willing to:
- Work collaboratively with Library staff and other residents, where applicable
- In every case, the Library and the Resident or a residency group's representative will sign a formal written contract which will detail the rights and responsibilities of each party
- Successfully meet the criteria of their residency under the budget, residency schedule (co-developed with Library) and timelines set out in their contract
- Express desire to create artwork for and in the public realm
- Engage and catalyze people and places
- The artist should feel comfortable creating programming to contextualize their work and ideas in the Library for the public, as it becomes necessary
- Be available for press events/media interviews, and be open to discussing their work with library patrons when engaged (within reason)
- Participate in Library-initiated projects, such as video interviews, for the Library’s archives
- Document and share their residency with the Library and the public (ie: blog, social media feed, written account, photographs, etc.)
- Provide a short biography (50 words or less), an Artist photograph or organization logo in high resolution .jpg or .png format, suitable for print reproduction and a short description of the artist’s work (150 words or less). This information will also be used to create in-Library signage and to introduce the Artist at community engagement events, as well as for additional publicity opportunities
- Provide a booklist for the Library’s website on a topic related to their artistic practice
- Showcase their work, at the end of their residency. Visual or sound exhibitions may be displayed for a 1-3-month period
- Sit on the Selection Committee to choose the 2023 Indigenous Artist in Residence in Winter 2022
- Artistic Practice narrative (500 words or fewer, PDF or video/audio submission):
- An explanation of what you want to investigate during the residency and a description of the form/s the work that might be included in the final exhibition/performance
- Describe possible public programming, collaborations with the public and/or other methods of engaging the public
- Describe how your artistic practice is particularly suited to The Calgary Public Library’s values of inclusion, curiosity, reconciliation and collaboration
- Artist statement/bio (250 or fewer)
- Resume or CV (PDF) including full mailing address, email address and phone number
- List of possible technical and other needs (PDF) during the residency (smudging, projector, screen etc.)
- Attach any combination of work samples to support your proposal. If uploading files, please include Artist's last name in the file name:
- Up to 5 jpeg images (no larger than 2MB each)
- List of work (PDF) with title, medium and dimensions. There is room for 2-3 additional sentences if necessary
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline: Friday, December 31, 2021.