Call for Submissions: Alt-Futures Digital Residency for Emerging BIPOC Artists

Call for Submissions – Factory Media Centre Alt-Futures: Digital Residency for Emerging BIPOC Artists

Factory Media Centre (FMC) is seeking submissions for Alt-Futures, a digital residency program for emerging BIPOC artists and creators. From May to July, residents will be offered the opportunity to build technical skills and work collaboratively with other folks interested in digital media. Alt-Futures is open to Ontario-based BIPOC new media artists and creatives who practice outside of Toronto.

Alt-Futures has five open spots for artist residents. Residents will learn from visiting artist-facilitators who will host workshops on various digital skills including:

  • Creative coding
  • Digital art documentation
  • Live streaming
  • Adobe Basics

Residents will have an opportunity to exhibit the work made during Alt-Futures. Please note that this part-time residency will be largely remote.

To facilitate this program, our former Programming Assistants John Hill and Tee Kundu will be returning to FMC as Alt-Futures’ Programming Residents. They will both be available throughout the residency to provide ongoing support and participate alongside.

A message from our programming residents:
“Through Alt-Futures, we hope to encourage collaboration & co-learning for BIPOC creatives who work outside centres like Toronto. We want to build connections and learn new things together. Creativity can be a lonely process. We hope that this residency can support you in your journey to make cool things.

Through this residency, we want to explore how we can be active participants in our collective futures. How might we thrive together? As creatives, as individuals, as a community?”

Eligibility criteria

  • Alt-Futures welcomes emerging artists who Black, Indigenous, and people of colour; who may also identify as refugee, newcomer, and/or immigrant persons.
  • Emerging artist in this residency call is defined as an artist at the early stages of their digital art career, in any age range.
  • Artists whose primary residence is in Ontario outside of Toronto.


  • $1000 artist fee for the residency period.
  • Payment for culminative group exhibition
  • Introduction orientation session and technical assistance as needed
  • Staff and board support
  • Online studio visit with peers from Hamilton’s art community

Artist(s) expectations during residency

  • Participate in the Alt-Futures residency cohort experience including skill-development workshops and group feedback sessions
  • Dedicate part-time hours to developing new or existing work during the residency period
  • Experiment with media art forms, techniques, or content
  • Acknowledge the support of FMC: Alt-Futures when presenting the work that was made while in residence.
  • Provide high-quality documentation (images, video, or sound) for FMC website, archives, publication, and grant applications.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2022 at 11:59pm E.T.

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Application Requirements:

1. Contact information:

  • Name, email, phone number, pronouns, website if you have one, and location.

2. Application Questions:

  • We would like to get to know you as an artist. Please describe your artistic practice. (300 words max.)
  • Do you have any previous experience with digital art or new media skills? (Ex. video, audio, 3d, projection, VR, coding, etc.)
  • How do you think this residency would be beneficial to you as an emerging artist? What digital skills do you want to learn or improve upon? (300 words max.)
  • This residency includes skill-building workshops in digital art making as well as group feedback sessions. Would you participate in group activities?
  • Are there any projects, themes, or ideas you want to explore during this residency?
  • Are there any skills you would like to learn that have not been mentioned so far?

3. Support Material:

  • Artist Biography (250 words max)
  • CV (3 page max)
  • Visual support material: (only one option is required):
    – 5-10 still images in one PDF document: with image information title, year, medium, duration/size, as well as a written description if applicable
    – 1-2 direct website links to durational support material on Youtube or Vimeo (2 min max): with project information: title, year, medium, duration/size


About the Factory Media Centre
The Factory Media Centre is a not-for-profit artist-run resource centre located in Hamilton, Ontario. FMC is dedicated to the production and promotion of creatively diverse forms of independent films, videos, and other streaming multimedia art forms. FMC is currently renovating our new home at 366 Victoria Avenue North, with current programs taking place off-site and online.

Our mission is to develop and support a vibrant, sustainable, creative, and diverse community of Members within Hamilton and its surrounding region, who are involved or interested in the art, the craft, and the technologies, of motion picture media. In addition to our mission, we also provide access to facilities, equipment, peer resources and educational initiatives to the community of time-based visual artists, as well as to the community at large. Through our programming we hope to encourage the development and appreciation of all related visual art forms through an ongoing program of screenings and events.
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