Calling Curious Artists
At HCMA we are on a quest to explore what's possible. Our AIR program is just one of the ways we break from convention.
What do artists in residence do?
Artists are invited into HCMA to share ideas, bringing their perspectives and practice into our space, in turn bringing some of our team’s creativity into their own studios. We might collaborate where it makes sense, and we might just sit back in awe when that's the thing to do. Interaction and engagement are important to us – our goal is to learn – but we don't step on toes. Artists are entirely self-directed, and they manage their own projects.
Most residencies are about a two-month engagement that culminate in a show in the TILT gallery, or in some other public space. But outcome isn't everything. We're interested in the process and the investigation, and we put our money where our mouth is by supporting our artists with a stipend and materials budget.
What kind of art gets made?
Dance, theatre, installation, photography - the modality doesn't matter. Check out examples of our past residency projects above.
To be clear, this isn't a program to commission a public art work or to get artists to paint murals on our buildings. Murals can be great, and if you have a wicked idea for one, like Michael Rozen and Scott Sueme did, we'll jump on board. But this program isn't about artists making stuff for us.
We're interested in broadening the discourse between disciplines. AIR is meant to stimulate discussion and challenge preconceptions about the limits of architectural practice. We want to work with artists who look at relationships, connections, human interactions, human potential, social potential, social space. We are curious about the ways in which artistic investigation can help us tease out the issues and intricacies at the heart of social sustainability, and makes us better problem solvers and better citizens.
If you're asking questions that our team wants to explore, you'll have our attention. Successful AIR project pitches are those that relate in some fashion to the built environment and/or social issues faced by the communities that we serve.
How will my application be evaluated?
Projects that represent an opportunity for our team to be exposed to other interdisciplinary perspectives and creative practices that might challenge our assumptions and stir debate are preferred. Successful projects are also those that include collaboration opportunities that could potentially reveal lessons, insights or innovation we might be apply in our practice. We also look for pitches that demonstrate clear deliverables and careful thought toward the time, resources or funds required to be successful.
How are Artists in Residence supported?
Each artist residency is supported by HCMA with a $500 materials budget, as well as a $2,500 honorarium. Projects with larger budgets will be considered on a case by case basis. Artists also have access to the studio resources as well as our promotional support through social media, email and other communications and/or events.
What are the required deliverables?
Artists are asked to submit an artist’s statement, final written statement and to record the planning, production and exhibition in various media forms.
Interested? Pitch us.
We put out a call for artists three or four times a year but you can pitch us anytime.
If you can, come by the Vancouver office. Pop into the TILT gallery to see what's on. Ask to talk to the program coordinators. Not in Vancouver? Give us a call to talk through an idea. Hold off drafting a formal proposal until you've connected with us.
Wow us with what you want to investigate.
Contact our program coordinators Mark Busse, Annerieke van Hoek or Steve DiPasquale at 604.732.6620.