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Object as Catalyst | Visual Arts Thematic

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Form, function, and artisanship create points of access to art objects that are immediate, transferrable, and universal. However, art is also an impetus for activating the liminal space between artists and viewers, individuals, and communities through narrative, memory, and social engagement.  

In this residency, explore making within a methodology of reciprocity, care, and performative and participatory process. From the personal moments of creation to the hidden moments of reward to the visible moments that arise through interaction and relationships, discover how art exposes the most social yet private actions. 

Object as Catalyst asks how sculpture, ceramics, and other object-based practices might shift from what they physically represent to the effects and experiences they produce. In this program, engage in the history and discourse of performative process, social sculpture, object-hood, labour, material culture, and relational practice. 

What does the program offer?

Thematic residencies offer a structured program where visual artists, curators, and other arts professionals come together to create work and discuss pertinent themes. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, and studio visits from world-renowned visiting faculty, artists, and curators, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and professional development of their work.

This program is designed for participation over the entire period. Variable dates will not be considered.

Who should apply?

This residency is open to visual artists, particularly those working in ceramics and sculpture, as well as curators and academics. Applicants should have completed formal training in visual arts or a field related to this program at the post-secondary level, and demonstrates a history of exhibitions, publications, and projects. Collectives of no more than two people are welcome to apply.

Application Deadline: January 22, 2020
Dates: June 01 - July 03, 2020

Financial Aid up to 100% is available to cover tuition (meal plans and accommodations are not eligible).


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