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Glenfiddich Issues Call to Canadian Artists to Enter Competition
for the Coveted 2018 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize

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Glenfiddich® Single Malt Whisky is issuing an Open Call to Artists currently living and working in Canada to enter the internationally renowned competition for the prestigious 2018 Glenfiddich® Artists in Residence Prize. The three-month summer residency is valued at over $20,000 CDN per artist. Now in its 17th year, the program covers the cost of travel, living expenses and materials throughout the residency.

The Canadian winner will be one of eight artists worldwide to be awarded the coveted prize to live and work at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. While living in crofts (traditional small Scottish farm houses), artists are encouraged to take inspiration from the unique setting in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. The experience provides an opportunity unlike any other for artists to work in an international community, share in a dialogue with other artists and foster cross-disciplinary ideas.

“I found the distillery site and adjacent Dufftown to be places dense with history, and rich with potential for explorations both material and contemplative,” said the Canadian winner from 2017, artist Lee Henderson. “And the people are indescribably lovely and welcoming—living proof of Highland hospitality.”

President of OCAD University Dr. Sara Diamond adds “Through its commitment and support of the arts, the Artist-in-Residence Prize gives artists not only the monetary value of their residency but provides such a fertile platform in the lovely Scottish Highlands.”

Dr. Diamond is long-standing member of the distinguished jury, which also includes Michelle Jacques, Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Kristy Trinier, Director of Visual, Digital and Media Arts at the Banff Centre; Ivan Jurakic, Director of the University of Waterloo Art Gallery; Stefan Hancherow, independent curator and Director of the 2015 Feature Art Fair, and the Canadian 2008 Glenfiddich® Artists in Residence Prize recipient, artist Dave Dyment.

This jury selects from approximately 200 submissions each year and creates a list of ten finalists. From this shortlist, the Glenfiddich® Artists in Residence program curator Andy Fairgrieve selects the winner based on the strength of their work, and compatibility with the other participating artists.

“We don’t want to be restrictive in any sense in the media people are working in, or the projects they want to do,” said Fairgrieve in an recent interview. “The Lee Henderson project last summer was a perfect example of the sort of project the I enjoy the most - being a playful yet thoughtful exploration into the duality of the word spirit. His interaction with the processes and people of the Glenfiddich Distillery was typical of the ethos we aim to achieve in our programme.”

Fairgrieve underscores that, "this ethos is about encouraging people to take inspiration from their experience living at the distillery, whether that be the pioneering and experimental heritage of Glenfiddich®, the surrounding environment, or the daily life of the distillery and local community, and to be as creatively free as possible – a mission our artists live and breathe during their three-month residency.”

The Glenfiddich® Artist-in-Residence Prize has sponsored well over a hundred artists since its inception in 2002. Past Canadian recipients have included artists working in a wide range of disciplines, including Daniel Barrow, Myfanwy MacLeod, Damian Moppett, Annie Pootoogook, Jon Sasaki and Eleanor King.

The Canadian Artist in Residence winner will be announced in March 2018.


Online submissions open Saturday December 2, 2017 and must be received by midnight Eastern Time Thursday, January 25, 2018 (Robbie Burns day).

For more information and to apply please visit www.glenfiddich.com/ca/artistsinresidence


William Grant & Sons Ltd

William Grant & Sons is an independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1887 and today still controlled by the fifth generation of his family. Named 'IWSC Distiller of the Year' in 2012 for the fifth consecutive year, William Grant & Sons distils some of the world's leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world's favourite single malt Glenfiddich®, the handcrafted range of The Balvenie® single malts and one of the world's best loved blended Scotches, Grant's®, as well as selected other spirits, including Hendrick's® Gin, and Sailor Jerry® Spiced Rum and Tullamore Dew®.


Contact: artistsinresidencecanada@glenfiddich.ca

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