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In-Residence Artist Residency

The deadline for this opportunity has passed.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our latest Collider residency will run as an experimental in-residence artist residency, facilitated via viral interactions and workshops.

The making of art tends to be a solitary practice. Artist residencies have for years, facilitated peer review and the sharing of knowledge in refreshingly new ways and spaces.

In the midst of a global pandemic, we invite artists to draw parallels between their own studio practices and today’s need to observe social distance and self-isolation. By destabilizing the very agency of the residency model in adapting it instead to a virtual interface, we explore and question its efficacy while attempting to configure new ways of cohabiting space, expanding platforms for art production and engagement, and building meaningful communal relationships.

At another level, in continuing our thematic focus on exploring our engagement with the land, we propose to better understand our shared resources and emotive functions, as a human species when collectively faced with an unseen, microscopic contagion. Can creative practices build bridges and pave new roads in the making of congruous interactions and harmonious living? Toward developing this ambition, we encourage artists to think of containment as a renewed freedom toward rethinking locked positions and revitalizing ideas of mutual co-existence.


The in-residence artists are expected to realize at least one individual work, one public program that the artist is expected to execute, and one work developed collaboratively among all residents. The work produced in this residency is not a commission and need not result in physical objects, but should reflect the issues discussed above?


Local, national, and international contemporary artists, working in the fields of visual art, arts writing, sound, film, photography, design, and performance.


Accepted artists will receive a $1,500 CND residency fee. This fee is inclusive of any payment for realizing a public program (lecture, workshop, film series, kids program, et al).

Duration and Structure

A total of ten artists will be accepted. Accepted artists will be informed by May 1, 2020. Collider: In-Residence Artist Residency will run for six weeks from May 4 to August 2, 2020, spanning three workweek modules of two weeks each. While we respect all artists’ methodologies of working, the residency will require weekly online meetings and workshops.


  • Weeks 1 & 2: Introductory presentations, sharing of proposal thoughts, and working methodologies.
  • Weeks 3 & 4: Peer critique and engagement.
  • Weeks 5 & 6: Constellation of ideas and forms toward conclusive frameworks or formats.

Submission Documents

Applications must be emailed as a PDF or Word file to, with the subject line: Collider: In Residence Artist Residency. Emails should not exceed the 25MB space limit.

  • An outline of a project that includes thoughts responding to the themes of colliding work practices, building new modes of cohabitation, expanded platforms for art and thinking of containment in terms of positive self-reflexivity (max 500 words).
  • A short biography (250 words).
  • An artist statement (250 words).
  • Contact information that includes your location, email, and a phone number. You may also include relevant website information and project links.
  • Relevant supporting material (no more than three projects, in progress or realized).

Questions about the Collider: In-Residence Artist Residency can be directed to

The submission deadline is April 15, 2020

About Collider

Collider is an ongoing series of artist studio residencies, that serves as a catalyst for collaborative experimentation and discovery through a collision of ideas and actions.

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