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Due to COVID-19, this residency has been cancelled.

We are now accepting applications for the 13th 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 summer residency exhibition.

Residency Options:

Full-Time Residency: Saturday, May 23 – Sunday, August 23, 2020
Fee: $495* + $25 insurance fee

Part-Time (May start) Residency: Saturday, May 23 – Sunday, June 28, 2020
Fee: $315* + $15 insurance fee

Part-Time (July start) Residency: Saturday, July 11 – Sunday, August 16, 2020
Fee: $315* + $15 insurance fee

*Contextural members are eligible for a 10% discount.

Visit for full application guidelines. Applicants should send a complete application by email to with the subject 2020 Summer Residency Application – NAME.

The application deadline is Sunday, April 12, 2020, at midnight.

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 ($495 value). Current Contextural members that would like to be considered for the Contextural Residency Scholarship, must submit a complete application.

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

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