Self-Directed Residency

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Self-Directed Residency

The date for this educational opportunity has passed.

We are now accepting applications for the 12th annual self-directed summer residency program in partnership with the Alberta University of the Arts (formerly the Alberta College of Art + Design).

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic and vital part of Calgary’s cultural scene; allowing participants access to affordable studio space, participate in critique sessions and end of residency exhibition.

We are seeking individuals who:

  • Are interested in working within a co-operative studio setting.
  • Will be actively involved in and contribute to, our community.
  • Seek access to affordable studio space and specialized equipment.
  • Are interested in sharing their knowledge and skills through collaboration.
  • Appreciate and practice the diversity of textile arts and craft.
  • Embrace an environmental approach to studio production.
  • Are ready to commit to studio fees (per below) for studio rental and access to equipment.
  • Will contribute to the end of the summer residency exhibition.

Please visit for more information on our vision statement, goals, and values.

Residency Options

Full-Time Residency
Dates: Saturday, May 25 – Sunday, August 11, 2019
Duration: 11 weeks
Fee: $480* + $25 insurance fee

Part-Time (May Start) Residency
Dates: Saturday, May 25 – Sunday, June 30, 2019
Duration: Five weeks
Fee: $300 + $15 insurance fee

Part-Time (July start) Residency
Dates: Saturday, July 6 – Sunday, August 11, 2019
Duration: Five weeks
Fee: $300* + $15 insurance fee

*Contextural members are eligible for a 10% discount

To apply see the attached PDF or visit for full application guidelines. Applicants should send a complete application to with the subject 2019 Summer Residency Application – NAME.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 12, 2019, 12:00am. If accepted, residency acceptance form and fees are due by Friday, May 10 2019.

Again this year, Contextural will be offering the Contextural Summer Residency Scholarship to individuals or members applying for the full-time residency. The scholarship includes studio fees for the full-time summer residency ($480 value). Current Contextural members that would like to be considered for the scholarship, must submit a complete application.

For questions regarding the Contextural Summer Residency Program, please direct them to us at

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