Call to Canadian Artists: 2022 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize



Glenfiddich Announces the Canadian Open Call for the Coveted 2022 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize

Glenfiddich® Single Malt Whisky is pleased to announce an Open Call to Artists currently living and working in Canada to enter the internationally renowned competition for the prestigious 2022 Glenfiddich® Artists in Residence Prize.

In the summer of 2022, Glenfiddich® will celebrate the twenty-first anniversary of its residency program, which has brought artists together from countries such as Australia, Chile, China, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and of course, Canada.

This year’s Canadian winner will join a number of other artists at the historic setting of the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland for three months next summer. While there, they will have the opportunity to form lasting friendships and foster cross-disciplinary ideas while working in an international community.

Artists are encouraged to take inspiration from the unique setting in the Scottish Highlands and create an artwork that they would not be able to produce elsewhere.

One of the most coveted residencies in the world, the Glenfiddich residency has a value of over $20,000 CDN per artist. The distillery covers the cost of travel and accommodation (the artists live in small Scottish farm houses called ‘crofts’) and provides a monthly salary and a generous production and materials budget.

The winning Canadian artist will be announced in March of 2022.

A distinguished jury of artists and curators selects from over 200 submissions each year, and creates a list of ten finalists. The 2022 jury includes Michelle Jacques, Head of Exhibitions and Collections & Chief Curator at Remai Modern in Saskatoon; David Diviney, the senior curator at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax; Michelle Schultz, Executive Director of Latitude 53 in Edmonton; Stefan Hancherow, Associate Art Curator for RBC in Toronto; Collin Zipp, the director of Platform in Winnipeg; Ivan Jurakic, Director of the University of Waterloo Art Gallery; and the Canadian 2008 Glenfiddich® Artists in Residence Prize recipient, Dave Dyment.

From the shortlist they create, the Glenfiddich® Artists in Residence program curator Andy Fairgrieve researches the ten finalists and selects the winning applicant.

“Providing the opportunity to artists from across the globe to collaborate and create in the scenic Scottish highlands is an honour we respect highly,” Fairgrieve says. “Each year brings a new selection of passionate artists, and each year we are greatly impressed by the work that they create.”

Dyment adds “The support to artists extends far beyond the financial – Andy gives over virtually every waking hour he has to ensure that artists have the assistance, the resources and the distinctive highland hospitality to allow them to make the best work they can, while also enjoying the uniquely idyllic environment. My time there is among the best three months of my life. It’s a pretty magical place – castles and cows and cookouts and all the whiskey you can drink.”

Dean Baldwin, the 2021 Canadian Artist-in-Residence, remarks: “I’ve found myself longing for the place and the extended experience I gained at Glenfiddich. Speyside is a unique and inspiring setting for such a remarkable journey, not always easy, but ever revealing as a backdrop to understand who we are as artists and why we do the things we do. The new connections formed with the other resident artists are especially important, yet the solitude and focus that the residency provides is such a rare and special gift. It all feels like a dream. Did that really just happen? When can I go back?”

The Glenfiddich® Artist-in-Residence Prize has sponsored well over a hundred artists since its inception in 2002. Past Canadian recipients have included Annie Pootoogook, Daniel Barrow, Myfanwy MacLeod, Damian Moppett, Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky, Jon Sasaki, Eleanor King, Lee Henderson, Vanessa Maltese, Christof Migone & Marla Hlady and last year’s winner Dean Baldwin. They have produced work in a diverse range of media, including painting, sculpture, sound art, video, photography, performance and installation.

The open-call was placed on hiatus last December, due to COVID19. William Grant and Sons Ltd are committed to keeping all employees and visitors on their sites as safe as possible and several measures are in place in accordance with Scottish Government guidelines regarding social distancing and mask wearing in public areas.

In addition to these measures all employees and visitors to our sites must undergo daily temperature checks and twice weekly PCR testing. Artists must undertake to fully comply with these and any other measures in use at time of residence. Artists will be provided with business class airline tickets and will need to comply with any and all Scottish Government requirements in place at the time for arrivals to Scotland. Please note these might differ from UK government guidelines. William Grant and Sons will cover costs incurred through mandatory testing. In addition to this, artists could also be required on arrival to undertake a period of self-isolation in their accommodation for ten days. In this time artists will be fully supported with meals supplied from the menu on offer at the distillery’s Malt Barn restaurant. Artists should also ensure they have sufficient heath travel insurance.

Online submissions open Monday, December 6, 2021 and must be received by midnight Eastern Time Tuesday, January 25, 2022 (Robbie Burns day).

For more information and to apply please visit:

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®.