Deadline: 17/07/2017

Awakenings 2017: Earth-Based Spirituality & Art

Explore the intersections of contemporary art & Earth-based spiritual practice.

Description of Residency Program
Now in it's second year, Awakenings is a ten day thematic residency that provides a sacred and inspirational space to explore creativity and intuition within the framework of earth-based spirituality. The objective is to engage holistic practices that connect mind, body and spirit with the self and environment. The goal is to incorporate metaphysical practices within the arts and examine how this knowledge has been viewed historically as well as how current views can be integrated, disrupted or altered.

Providing a sacred & inspiring space to explore creativity within an earth-based spiritual practice.

Topics such as, herbalism, mindfulness, shamanism, divination, and ritual, will be viewed from a variety of perspectives including; pop culture, psychology, alchemy, theology, history, and, post-colonial discourse. Along with programmed time, residents also have free time to work individually or collaboratively in a studio. Methods of art making can be visual, time-based, photography, craft, writing, music, dance or performance art. Supportive discussions of residents’ work in progress occur on a regular basis.

FACILITATOR: Monica Bodirsky is an artist, writer, creativity coach and faculty at OCAD University in Toronto.


Duration of Residency
Ten Days

Disciplines, Work Equipment and Assistance
Residency is open to artists working in all disciplines. Artists should plan to bring all materials relevant to their practice and creation process.


Studio/ Workspace
Shared, furnished, large studio space provided

Fees and Support
Cost: 900 + HST for Private Room & Shared Studio, $750 + HST for a Shared Room and Shared Studio (Payment in CDN Funds only). Regrettably financial aid is unavailable for this program. We encourage applicants to pursue funding opportunities afforded them by their national, regional, local and departmental funding agencies.     

Expectations towards the Artist
Artists will be expected to create work to be presented in an exhibition at the end of the two weeks.

Application Information
To apply, fill out the online form:*include your website or link to your work, and indicate you are applying to Awakenings 2017 ).

Awakenings 2017: Earth-Based Spirituality & Art

Awakenings 2017: Earth-Based Spirituality & Art


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