Call for Submissions | Indigenous Artist in Residence

Date: Nov 27, 2019

Deadline: Dec 6, 2019 - 11:45 pm

The Calgary Public Library invites applications for the three-month, paid position of Artist in Residence: Indigenous at Central Library in downtown Calgary, Alberta for January–March 2020.  This residency aims to recognize the contribution of Indigenous artists, craftspeople and knowledge keepers to Calgary. 

In response to the calls of action in the City of Calgary’s White Goose Flying report, 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, workshops, and regular open studio hours provide the public with opportunities to meet artists, observe the artistic process and participate in artmaking.

Application deadline: December 6, 2019

Description of the Position

The Library seeks emerging or mid-career self-identified First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artist 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 shown and does not have regular representation by an agent or gallery. 

The artist(s) should:

  • have a connection to Calgary. Those with connection to the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani) Stoney-Nakoda (Chiniki, Wesley and Bearspaw), TsuuT’ina Nations, Calgary’s urban Indigenous community, and/or Métis Nation Region (MNA) 3 are especially encouraged to apply.
  • bring knowledge and understanding of the significant cultural heritage and legacy of Indigenous people especially the rich histories, stories, and customs inherent in the land. We invite 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 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. 

Description of the Residency

The residency is based in a glass-walled studio in a public space, which means 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. Experience working with communities, large groups and/or children and youth is an asset. 

The Indigenous residency runs for three months, January–March annually. The artist will be required to take part in an artist talk in the beginning of the residency and, at minimum, two public workshops and/or school programs, all set in collaboration with the Library. The artist will determine and hold regular, open studio hours at Central Library for a minimum 7.5 hours per week, culminating in a May/June exhibition or performance.

The Artist in Residence studio is available to the artist during opening hours to work on their own projects.

For more information including application criteria