Call for Applications: Est-Nord-Est Residencies for Artists & Authors 2024-2025

2024-2025 Call for applications / Est-Nord-Est, residencies for artists

Deadline: November 12, 2023

Est-Nord-Est (ENE) is an artist-run centre whose mission is to provide an international community of artists and authors in contemporary art with support by offering space and time for research and experimentation, as well as privileged access to local resources and knowhow.

The centre is situated in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, a village on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, in a unique geographic and historical locale. The predominant aspects of the landscapes are farms, forests, and the river. Saint-Jean-Port-Joli is situated 115 km from Quebec City and 350 km from Montreal.

Originally based on the idea of encounters between sculptors with contemporary practices and those using regional traditional skills, ENE now welcomes contemporary visual-arts artists from all disciplines. The residencies at ENE are intended for professional artists, both established and emerging, from all over the world. They offer artists and authors an opportunity to explore their research more deeply, to experiment, and to create in a cultural space that is unique, lively, and stimulating. ENE is a member of Res Artis and of the Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec.

The eight-week residency periods, which bring together four artists and one author in the field of contemporary art, are offered in spring, summer, fall and winter. ENE occupies a building designed and built for the residencies of artists and authors. The architectural concept places exchanges, friendly relations, and technical and logistical assistance at the heart of the experience offered to residents.

Duration of the residency
8 weeks

Residency periods
Spring: April 22 to June 14, 2024
Summer: July 8 to August 30, 2024
Fall: September 23 to November 15, 2024
Winter: January 27 to March 21, 2025

The eight-week residency includes:

  • Residency honorarium of CAD $1,769
  • Access to an individual studio-workshop to be used for work and lodging
  • Access to specialized equipment (wood, metal, ceramics)
  • Access to a documentation centre (books, magazines)
  • Access to local resources
  • Technical, artistic and logistical support
  • Access to a bicycle in season/occasional local transportation in winter

* Materials, travel fees and other living charges are at the residents’ expense.

ENE offers artists:

  • Time and a place to devote themselves to research and experimentation
  • Privileged access to local resources and diverse areas of knowhow
  • An international art community

Expectations towards the artists:

  • To make full use of the residency period offered for his/her research
  • To be present during the entire residency period
  • To present his/her approach and research interests at the beginning of the residency at a public event organized by ENE
  • To present his/her research and experiments carried out during the residency at a public event organized by ENE at the end of the residency period
  • OPTIONAL: To propose a workshop for a youth or community organization in the region (an additional fee of $200 is offered to artists whose workshop proposal is selected)

Artists are selected according to:

  • The strenght of the proposal
  • The potential impact of the residency on the artist’s career
  • Consistency with the centre’s mandate
  • The constructive complementarity of art practices

Est-Nord-Est recognizes the importance of bringing together a multiplicity of forms of artistic and cultural expression. In the selection process, emphasis will be placed on cultural, generational, sexual, and identity diversity. In this spirit of inclusion, we encourage artists from underrepresented, marginalized, and minority groups to apply.

Your application must include:

  • ENE’s application form duly completed
  • A curriculum vitae (maximum two pages, PDF format)
  • A text including an artist’s statement and your research and experimentation intentions, including any specific needs in terms of technical resources, if applicable (maximum one page, PDF format)
  • A portfolio of 10 to 15 images in a single PDF document accompanied by a description list of the images. If video works are used, provide a link (Vimeo, YouTube) accompanied by the password, if applicable. Make sure that the videos will be accessible.

Submit an application as an artist — Deadline: November 12, 11:59 pm, 2023.
Submit an application as an author — Deadline: November 12, 11:59 pm, 2023.

The application must be submitted online. No application sent by mail, incomplete or received after the deadline will be accepted.

Support for marginalized artists:

  • If you wish to submit, as an artist, a file in a format other than written, please contact us at or at 418-598-6363.
  • A virtual mentoring session is possible, upon request, to obtain support for the preparation of your application in response to this call. Please send a request to before November 1, 2023.

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