Artist in Residence (AiR)

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Artist in Residence (AiR)

The residency program at Casa provides an opportunity for artists from across all disciplines to pursue their practice in a supportive, concentrated, community-based atmosphere. Open to artists with diverse experience levels, backgrounds and a variety of media including those in or recently graduated from undergraduate programs. 

Workshops, installations, open houses and artist talks are part of AiR community engagement program. Informal and friendly workshops allow you to create alongside artists. Open houses and artist talks with visiting artists allow for learning new perspectives and ways of seeing.  

Follow the AiR programming within the seasonal Casa Program Guide and events calendar for upcoming events.  

Artist dancing in dance studio
Headshot of artist Karen Hare

Who is in Residence?

This August, Casa will be hosting artist Joshua Jensen as part of the Artist in Residence (AiR) program from July 29 – August 25.

Joshua Jensen is a queer multi-disciplinary artist from Amiskwacîwâkahikan, Treaty 6 Territory, Edmonton, Alberta and is based in Tiohtiá:ke, Montreal, Quebec. His practice creates an archive of daily life through visual storytelling with images, objects, text and video. While in residence Jensen will play with memory, autobiography, and place by examining his relationship to Southern Alberta through analog photography and recording oral histories/storytelling with his grandparents.

Join Joshua for the following events: 

Memory Mapping Cyanotypes Workshop: Sunday, August 11 from 11 am – 1 pm in the Textile Studio | $40+GST

Create cyanotypes with Artist in Residence Joshua Jensen that focus on how personal experience and memory affect our relationship to place.

Using memory mapping techniques from artist Marlene Creates, participants will be guided through different gestures of drawing and mark making, such as automatic drawing and freewriting, on acetate to create cyanotypes in the sun. Participants will be encouraged to share oral histories, connecting feelings with geography. Materials provided. 

Open House: Thursday, August 22 from 5 pm – 7 pm in the Atrium

Who is in Residence?

In mid August, Casa will be hosting artist Gabrielle Houle, as part of the Artist in Residence (AiR) program from August 19 – September 15.

Gabrielle Houle is a multilingual artist, educator, translator, and theatre scholar specialized in masked performance, movement for actors, oral history of performance, and the creation of masks. While in residence she will be collaborating with a local actor, sound designer and choreographer to workshop the first English translation of Simon a toujours aimé danser by Simon Boulerice (trans. Justin A. Blum), a queer solo performance for older teens and young adults.

Performance: Saturday, September 7 at 6 pm in the Community Room before the Gallery Opening Reception

Devising Stories with the Body Workshop: Sunday, September 15 from 1 pm – 3 pm in the Dance Studio

Headshot of artist Karen Hare
Artist working in woodshop

Application Process

Emerging artists find the Casa AiR program to be a welcoming place for those wanting to experience the residency process. Mid-career and established artists are also encouraged to apply as Casa provides space free of charge and will help to co-ordinate a number of public engagement opportunities. 

Please seek funding for travel, lodging and per diems from granting agencies as necessary. Successful candidates may request letters of support for their grant applications. 

Application due dates:  

Application due dates occur January 15 and June 15 of each year. 

Submissions for the January 15 intake will be programmed for a residency between June and December.

Submission for the June 15 intake will be programmed for a residency between January and June of the following year.