Residencies Programs

Canadian Curator and Writer in Contemporary Art / Est-Nord-Est

November 15, 2011

Saint-Jean-Port-Joli (Québec) Canada

Est-Nord-Est is an artist-run centre which offers, through its residency program, technical support and a critical context to artists engaged in the process of research / creation. Founded originally on the idea of oering to contemporary sculptors a context to work and exchange in contact with a unique traditional savoir-faire, Est-Nord-Est today welcomes artists involved in all disciplines and practices associated with current visual art. Est-Nord-Est is situated in the village of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River, about 115kms from Quebec City, 350kms from Montreal. The region presents a unique mixture of forest, a strong agricultural presence and the atmosphere of the waterway.

With the intent to encourage the development of art writing and professional curatorial practice in Canadian contemporary art, Est-Nord-Est is adding to its regular program a new residency for Canadian curators and writers in contemporary art. Convinced of the importance and the value of the meeting of art and words, this initiative hopes to promote and stimulate a fertile relationship between artists in residence at Est-Nord-Est and Canadian professionals working in the sphere of the mediation of Art. The curators and writers share a work environment with the artists. In this way, they can pursue their own research while being involved, through exchange and discussion, in a context of "art in the making". They will also be encouraged to develop a critical reexion on the resident artists work and their creative processes.

Three residencies are oered each year, in the spring, summer and fall. Up to four artists and a curator or a writer may participate in each residence, eight weeks for the artists, four weeks for the curator or the writer.

Est-Nord-Est is a member of Res Artis - Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies, the Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec, and is among the host organisations for Pépinières européenes pour jeunes artistes.


Curators and writers receive a 550$ stipend and free lodging for the four-week period of the residence. A 250$ writer's fee will also be paid for texts on the residency produced for publication by Est-Nord-Est (250 words per artist). Curators and writers have access to an individual studio space, documentation on the artists, certain electronic equipment, logistical support… and a bicycle. The artists and the curator or the writer share a collective house next door to the Est-Nord-Est studios. It has ve bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room, two bathrooms and a laundry room.

Periods of residency

Spring: May 28 to June 22, 2012 / Summer: July 30 to August 24, 2012 / Fall: October 8 to November 2, 2012.

Submit an application

Your application must include:
- A resume (maximum two pages, Word format (.doc /.rtf ) or PDF);
- A letter of intent (maximum one page, Word formats (.doc /. Rtf ) or PDF);
- Two copies of published texts on contemporary art (critical exhibition review, essay, pamphlet, catalog or artbook text, etc.);
- A pre-stamped self-addressed envelope for the return of the documents;
- The application form duly completed.

Applications may be sent by mail (to be postmarked by November 15, 2011) or by e-mail (max 7 MO).
Applications are evaluated by a jury of peers.
Responses will be forwarded by e-mail by the end of January 2012.

Est-Nord-Est, résidence d’artistes
335, avenue de Gaspé Ouest
Saint-Jean-Port-Joli (Québec) G0R 3G0 CANADA
Information: 418 598-6363


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