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Call for Applications: The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency

Application Deadline: JUNE 1, 2018

The INTERGENERATIONAL LGBT ARTIST RESIDENCY is the first intergenerational artist-in-residency program for LGBTQ2 visual artists in Canada.

The residency offers studio space, travel support and free room and board to juried applicants for the duration of the two-week residency. Residents also receive mentoring and studio visits from critically acclaimed artists and curators.

The application deadline, June 1, is fast approaching. Please forward the call for applicants! Details about the The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency and the application form can be accessed through our website ( or our Facebook Page (

The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency will take place August 21 to September 4, with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council on the Arts. The application deadline is June 1, 2018, and results will be announced late June. The aim of this residency is to help create a vision and experience of LGBTQ2 longevity through shared practice, art career management training, and community building via Canadian LGBTQ2 art and political histories. We believe that while an artist is still alive, it is imperative to create opportunities to connect new dots, cross-pollinate, have intergenerational conversations, be students together, debate. This is a reciprocity and investment, simultaneously. Whether you are 'emerging,' 'established,' or an inbetweenster, please consider applying! Please pass along this information to LGBTQ2 artists in Canada, of any age, whether established or emerging, whom you think might be exceptional candidates and who would benefit greatly from this programme.

The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency makes its triumphant return this summer. The residency will take place August 21 to September 4, at an artist retreat centre on Toronto Islands (Artscape Gibraltar Point). A private bedroom, studio, and food stipend is provided to each of the five residents, who will also receive mentoring and studio visits from critically acclaimed artists and curators. Acclaimed art professionals Syrus Marcus Ware (artist, curator, activist) and Kathleen Pirrie-Adams (curator, professor) will serve as the jury selecting the artists-in-residence. Previous guests have included curators Andrew Hunter (Art Gallery of Ontario), Stefan St-Laurent (Axenéo7), Christine Shaw (Blackwood Gallery), Jon Davies (Power Plant), Kelly McCray (Art Barrage, independent curator), David McIntosh (OCADU), Jordan Tanahill (Videofag), Tobias Sirtl (Arndt, Berlin), Suzanne Carte (Art Gallery York University), and artists Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Deanna Bowen, John Greyson, Nina Arsenault, and Elisha Lim. Our guests this summer include Hrag Vartanian (Hyperallergic), Syrus Marcus Ware, Kathleen Pirrie Adams, Mike Hoolboom, Wanda Nanibush (Art Gallery of Ontario) and others to be confirmed.


Previous residencies have included a number of professional development workshops, specifically tailored to the unique needs and concerns of LGBTQ and gender non-conforming artists. Planned workshops for 2018 include a CARFAC (Canadian Artists' Representation/le Front des artistes canadiens) workshop with the residents regarding artists rights, including tenancy, contracts, resale, and health care. All previous applicants to The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency are invited to attend this workshop.

The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency concludes with an open house event on September 3 for both sponsors and public to attend and meet the artists/see their work/performances, etc.
Please stay tuned for updates about public programming and open studio events during the residency, as well as the announcement of the Artists in Residence.

In addition, Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency is honoured to begin a new partnership with Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives (CLGA) through which CLGA will accept tax receiptable donations on our behalf! In addition, we have created Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency fonds at CLGA, meaning our complete archive will henceforth be housed and maintained by CLGA, the largest independent LGBTQ archive in the world. Thank you CLGA for elevating our ongoing endeavour to support the practices and study of LGBTQ2 artists in Canada! Please specify your donations for 'Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency' at this link:

By exploring Canadian LGBTQ2 art history and artistic practice, while supporting artists and art production, we could foster communication across generational lines. With this community building initiative, artists highlight the trajectory and longevity of LGBTQ2, both historically and reaching into the future.

Thank you for your continued solidarity and belief in this project! We look forward to seeing you on the island!

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