Calling Curious Artists
At HCMA we’re on a quest to explore what’s possible—for architecture, for design, for art, for society, and for all points in between. Our Artist in Residence (AIR) program is one of our experimental forays that arranges a new collaborative relationship between disciplines: What happens when artists set up shop in an architecture and design studio?
What do artists in residence do?
We’re not offering a traditional residency (eg. there is no accommodations offered), but we invite AIR artists to do a portion of your work right here in HCMA’s studios. We’re seeking opportunities to be exposed to different forms of creative practice and craft, and artists get the opportunity to hear our perspectives, too. We might just watch and marvel, but we hope to find ways to collaborate where it makes sense. In the best instances, the project grows in previously unforeseen ways, and everyone involved comes to see things just a little differently than they would have otherwise.
The length of each residency varies from one to three months depending on the project, but engagements usually involve some workshopping with our team and culminate in a show in our TILT gallery, or in some other public space. But outcome isn’t everything. We’re also interested in discovery and dialogue, and we put our money where our mouth is by supporting artists with a stipend and materials budget, along with other forms of support during their time with us.
What media might be considered?
Paint, sculpture, dance, theatre, music, poetry, film, fashion, installations, illustration—the modality is up to you! We’re much more interested in ideas, process, learning, and impact than the particular art form or output. To be clear, this isn't a program to commission a public work of art or to get artists to paint murals on our buildings. Murals can be great, and if you have a wicked idea for one, we'd love to hear about it, but the purpose of the AIR program is not to have art made FOR HCMA, but with and while at HCMA.
If you're asking provocative 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 and teach us something new.
How will my application be evaluated?
What we’re most excited about is the prospect that we’ll become slightly different people as a result of this relationship with you, that the project will initiate a reciprocal exchange of perspectives, attitudes, practices, and material processes. We believe that artistic investigation can help us tease out the issues at the heart of social sustainability, making us better citizens who are inspired to make a more awesome city—we're looking to be challenged and to engage in discourse. We’ll also look for pitches that demonstrate clear deliverables and careful thought toward the time, resources, and funds required.
How are Artists in Residence supported?
We’ll provide a materials budget and an honorarium appropriate to the project scope. Artists will also have access to studio resources as well as our promotional support through social media, email, and other communications and/or events.
What are the required deliverables?
Submit an artist’s statement, final written statement, and, supported by our team, to record the planning, production, and exhibition in various media.
Interested? Come in and say hello!
If you can, come on by the Vancouver or Victoria studios! Pop into the TILT gallery to see what’s on. Ask to talk to the program coordinators. Not in Vancouver or Victoria? Give us a call to talk through an idea. But hold off drafting a formal proposal until you’ve connected with us.
Get in touch with our program coordinators in Vancouver: Mark Busse, Steve DiPasquale, Susan Ockwell, or Dan Phillipot at 604.732.6620; or in Victoria: Rance Mok at 250.382.6650