Call for Applications: The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency

Application Deadline: MAY 1, 2019


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

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

The application deadline, May 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 12 to August 26, 2019, with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. The application deadline is May 1, 2019, and results will be announced early 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 of any age, whether established or emerging, residing in the diverse and contested territory commonly referred to as Canada, whom you think might be exceptional candidates and who would benefit greatly from this programme.

The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency takes place 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 will serve as the jury selecting the artists-in-residence. Confirmed guests for the 2019 Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency include Kathleen Pirrie Adams (curator; Chair RTA School of Media, Ryerson University), Sean Lee (Curator, Tangled), Sophie Hackett (Curator Photography, Art Gallery of Ontario), and Hrag Vartanian (editor in chief, co-founder, Hyperallergic), while others are still to be confirmed. 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 Tannahill (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.

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

Previous residencies have included a number of professional development workshops, specifically tailored to the unique needs and concerns of LGBTQ2+ and gender non-conforming artists. Planned workshops for 2019 will be announced closer to residency dates. All previous applicants to The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency are invited to attend workshops. The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency concludes with an open house event for both sponsors and the 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.

By exploring Canadian LGBTQ2+ art history and artistic practice, while supporting artists and art production, we foster communication across generational lines. With this community building initiative, artists highlight the trajectory and longevity of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities, 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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