Craft as Contemporary Art

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Craft as Contemporary Art

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The Craft as Contemporary Art residency will explore what it means to create art using materials and processes associated with practices of craft. Contemporary art continues to make room for and popularize ceramics, textiles, hand-making, decoration, and materiality. This program will investigate how these disciplines and approaches are being activated and consider the ideas craft is being asked to communicate.

As we explore this area of practice, we will also discuss the histories and socio-political movements that inform the use of craft today and bring attention to historical distinctions between high/low, inside/outside, and art/craft that may no longer apply.

The program will focus on the confluence of craft and contemporary art, and the intersection of these fields with topics of feminism, cultural identity, labour, materiality, object-centered theory, de/re-skilling, and activism.

What does the Program Offer?

Residencies offer a structured program where visual artists, curators, and other arts professionals come together to create work and discuss pertinent themes. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, and studio visits from world-renowned visiting faculty, artists and curators, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and professional development of their work.

This program is designed for participation over the entire period. Variable dates will not be considered.

Who Should Apply?

This residency is for visual artists with an exhibition/publication record who have completed formal training in visual arts at the post-secondary level, or who have equivalent experience and recognition from their peers. Collaborative groups of no more than two are welcome to apply.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee: $4,272.66
Program Fee with Financial Aid: $791.10

Application Fee: $65
Indigenous Applicants: $35

Financial aid up to 100% covering tuition and shared room accommodation will be offered to all participants.

Application Deadline: July 10, 2019
Dates: November 4 – December 6, 2019

For more information and to apply online, visit

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