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DEADLINE: OCTOBER 28, 2022, 5 pm EDT
The Gardiner Museum is seeking proposals for the newly established Gardiner Museum Artist Residency.
Please download and read the full application
THE GARDINER MUSEUM ARTIST RESIDENCY
The Gardiner Museum Artist Residency will offer public working space and access to Museum resources to a single artist or collective for the development of their work. The aim of the Residency is to offer a unique opportunity to an established or mid-career artist to pursue a larger-scale project; cultivate new directions in the field of ceramic art; elevate awareness of and appreciation for contemporary Canadian ceramics; and support diverse participation in the field of contemporary ceramics.
ARTIST RESIDENCY DESCRIPTION
The Gardiner Museum Artist Residency will provide the successful applicant with a paid residency opportunity that will last 8 – 12 weeks, between April and June 2023, during which time the resident will have primary access to the Laura Dinner and Richard Rooney Community Clay Studio. Access will be granted during building hours from Monday – Friday, with limited access possible on Saturdays, Sundays, and some evenings. The resident will have a dedicated workspace and storage, while maintaining the accessibility of other scheduled programming in the studio.
The resident will be trained by Gardiner staff in object handling procedures and be granted access with supervision to the permanent collection. The resident is encouraged to use the library, archives, and other Gardiner resources as part of their project. Access will be facilitated on an as needed basis.
The Residency will include a public-facing role, with Museum patrons able to visit the resident’s studio during designated hours. Further, the resident will offer a public program at the Museum, either a talk on their project; a special short-term workshop; or a sessional class.
The resident will agree to work a minimum number of hours on site (avg. 20 / week) and will schedule bi-weekly check-ins with a staff member.
The outcome of the Artist Residency will be to complete a specific project that is considered a new body of work. It is acknowledged that the project may change from the time of application to the completion of the Residency. Proposed projects should be ones that the applicant would find difficult or be unable to complete without the Residency, due to time, space, equipment, or other reasons. Projects will ideally include a research component that builds off the Gardiner Museum collections, archives, library, or other materials. Projects should use materials and equipment compatible with existing studio activities. A final exhibition of the project is not assumed to be a component of the Residency.
The Artist Resident, be they a single artist or collective, will receive a $14,000 stipend toward accommodation, travel, as well as all cost of living, salary, and outside research costs for the time spent in Toronto at the Gardiner Museum. The Artist Resident will directly manage these funds, with distribution and accountability guidelines specified at the time of acceptance. While all situations differ and thus budget allocations can vary, the program is designed for the successful applicant to receive a living wage while in Toronto.
In addition to a stipend, the Gardiner Museum will provide $5,000 towards materials, equipment, and firing costs.
The Artist Residency is designed for established and mid-career artists with a demonstrated commitment to ceramics. That is, someone who can benefit from the opportunity of dedicated work time and space, as well as the further resources of the Museum, but not someone who is at the initial stages of their work as an artist. Mid-career in this context would typically mean more than eight (8) years of professional experience as an artist but less than thirty (30). Artists should have a clear interest in ceramics, although it does not need to be their exclusive medium.
Artists will be citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada, with a record of having presented original artwork in Canada. Applications will be solicited nationally, and the Gardiner encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including those from visible and invisible minority groups such as Black and Indigenous people, people of colour, and those with disabilities.
HOW TO APPLY
Please download and read the full application before applying. Interested applicants are required to please submit the following:
Please submit materials as a single digital PDF. Complete submissions must be received by the Gardiner Museum by 5 pm EDT on October 28, 2022, to be considered. Incomplete submissions will be subject to disqualification. All submission materials will be retained by the Gardiner Museum.
Finalists can expect to be contacted by late November for an informational interview.
Submit complete proposals, as well as any questions, to:
Only packets received electronically will be reviewed.
Applications will be assessed based on merit; a demonstrated commitment to the field of ceramics; benefit to the candidate; feasibility and originality of the project; and ability of the candidate/project to engage the full resources of the Museum. Proposals will be measured also on their potential to be realized within the budget and time allotments.
We hope that any applicant would bring a fresh perspective on ceramics and Gardiner’s collection, while enriching the diverse dialogue that helps the Gardiner build community with clay.
The Gardiner Museum Artist Residency is made possible through the generous support of Dr. Pamela Goodwin.
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