Belonging in Literary Arts Residency

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Belonging in Literary Arts Residency

The application deadline for this opportunity has passed.

Application Deadline: September 9, 2020
Residency: November 2 – 27, 2020
Target for Completion of Project: February 19, 2021
Total Artist Fee: $6,200


How can we rethink the ways we translate, render, and share the complex and diverse realities of marginalized communities through literary arts, and how can we provide the space, care, and attention needed for alternative engagements and encounters?

The Belonging in Literary Arts residency offers dedicated and supported time for an artist to explore how we care for, share, and deliver stories from marginalized and diverse communities. Open to those with creative practices who are interested in (re)examining the formats, structures, and language of literary arts, artist books, and publications, this opportunity allows for the artist in residence (AiR) to reflect on themes including (but not limited to):

  • New traditions for zines and community building.
  • Graphic design for non-readers.
  • Alternative book structures and formatting.
  • Publications as sculptures.
  • Illustrating and caring for embodied narratives and lived experiences.
  • Access and neurodiversity.
  • Integration or representation of oral and spoken practices.
  • Digital access and possibilities.

Responding to an urgency to diversify, incorporate, and honour more voices in the arts, this residency allows dedicated paid time for an artist to question the politics of belonging specific to literary arts and marginalized communities. The title of the residency evokes the subtleties between social platitudes and authentic feelings of belonging. The AiR will work alongside the artists and team at Indefinite Arts Centre (IAC), where 300+ Calgarian artists with developmental, physical, and acquired disabilities conduct their practice.


Submissions Close: September 9, 2020
Notifications: September 25, 2020
Residency and Project Development: November 2 – 27, 2020
Target for Completion of the Project: February 19, 2021

A Note on Remote work

IAC plans to be running our in-person programming during this time. If health and safety recommendations include remote work, the AiR will be able to join IAC staff and artists remotely.

How to Apply

  • Cover Letter: In 500 words or less, outline your practice background and describe why you wish to participate in this specific opportunity, what you hope to contribute, and learn.
  • Resume: A one-page resume or C.V. describing relevant experience.
  • Short Biography: A biography of no more than 100 words.
  • Examples of Your Practice: Artists must submit up to 10 samples of your artistic work. Samples can include images, writing samples, third party writing about your work, or elements that you think will give us a good sense of your practice.

We are dedicated to inclusion, access, and openness in the application process. We will accept submissions in the following formats:

  • Zipped folder (no larger than 10 MB) or through a file hosting service (such as WeTransfer, GoogleDrive, or DropBox)
  • PDF file
  • Links to sites such as YoutTube, Vimeo, Flicker or personal websites (please keep total viewing time to 10 minutes’ maxim)
  • In-person, virtual meeting or oral application (please contact below to arrange)

Please send all applications to with the subject line Belonging in Lit Arts Application. All applicants will be notified of the results.

For more information on the submission process and access accommodations, please email or call 403.253.3174 ext. 6.

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