Art Windsor-Essex respectively acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
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- 2023 RBC Emerging Artist in Residence
2023 RBC Emerging Artist in Residence
The RBC Emerging Artist in Residence (EAIR) is a paid opportunity for emerging artists in Windsor-Essex, in the first 10 years of their career, who want to learn, grow, develop, and show their art while engaging with the public.
Two (2) selected Emerging Artists will have the opportunity to focus on making their art and share their skills and experiences with the public. The artists in residence will gain new skills, all while connecting with their community in a series of programs or activations.
The call for submissions is now closed.
Each artist will:
- Complete a 3-month residency at Art Windsor-Essex over the course of 2023.
- Have access to the education studio, resource library, and locked storage during regular gallery hours.
- Interact with the public in AWE’s studio for 15-20 hours per week.
- Host three educational activities, workshops, or activations for the community. One activity should be offsite (exact location TBD; options include Dropped On Drouillard, Downtown Windsor Farmers Market, etc.).
- Have monthly check-ins with curatorial and preparatory staff to workshop exhibition-in-development
- Provide art-making and educational digital/video content.
- Participate in an off-site window solo exhibition at the Dry Goods Gallery, at 1012 Drouillard Road, in Ford City.
Each artist will receive an honorarium of $4,000. The honorarium covers:
- The production of new work (materials) during the artist’s residency.
- Artist fees to present 3 programs (workshop, community engagement, artist talk, etc.) and to work on-site.
- AWE will cover installation, administrative, and other internal costs involved with the residency (installation, studio visits, mentorship, promotional costs, etc.).
Note: It is recommended that participants apply for the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program. For application information and guidelines for this program, please visit OAC’s website.
The 2023 RBC Emerging Artist in Residence is generously sponsored by the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artist Project.
Call For Submissions
Open to all emerging, visual artists in the first 10 years of their artistic career, currently living in Windsor-Essex.
Submissions are open from Monday, May 1, 2023 to Thursday, May 18, 2023.
Each applicant must submit:
- Full Name
- Phone Number
- Home Address (unit number if applicable, house number, street name, city, province, postal code)
- Short artist bio (150 words, written at a grade 8 reading level)
- Artist statement (250 words, written at a grade 8 reading level)
- Links to artist website or social media (optional)
- A high-resolution headshot or portrait
- 5 images of previous works or projects in JPEG or PDF format. Please use the following format for the image file names: “ArtistName.Title.Year”
We are excited by complete, engaging, innovative, clear, original and meaningful ideas. If you feel more comfortable, you are welcome to respond to these questions in bullet-point format.
- How will you use the studio space? (250 words max. each, written at a grade 8 reading level) Question prompts:
- Will you be using the studio space to create new work, or to expand pre-existing work?
- Will you be open to members of the public viewing your creative process?
- What does your studio practice look like?
- Describe your proposed off-site exhibition at the DRY GOODS GALLERY (150 words max. each, written at a grade 8 reading level) Question prompts:
- How will you use the unique features of the Dry Goods Gallery Space (narrow footprint, high ceiling, glass window, etc.?)
- How will your exhibition be animated from day to night?
- Is your proposed exhibition site specific (i.e., does it respond to local histories, the neighborhood, or the origin of the building?)
- What sort of artworks do you propose showing?
- Proposed community engagement programming (150 words max. each, written at a grade 8 reading level).
- List of options: artist talk, interactive workshop, workshop for tots and parents, visual essay, open studios, etc.
- In brief, what is your personal philosophy on community engagement? (50 words)
- We are asking Emerging Artists in Residence to produce a video for our website and social media. What sort of digital content will you produce? (150 words max. each, written at a grade 8 reading level)
Timeline: Please mark in order of preference (1 (preferred) to 2)
- July, August, September 2023
- (Dry Goods Gallery exhibition from September to mid-November)
- September, October, November 2023
- (Dry Goods Gallery exhibition from mid-November to mid-January)
An information session will be broadcast via Zoom on Wednesday, May 10 from 5pm-6pm, and will be available for viewing online shortly afterwards. Click here to view.
If you require any assistance or accommodations to apply, contact Sophie Hinch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that this will not impact your eligibility or submission.
Click here to download the gallery floorplan.