Deadline: 07/11/2017

Feminist Art Conference Residency

Multi-disciplinary residency focused on Feminist Art & Social Justice issues held on Toronto Island.

Description of Residency Program
The FAC residency will gather artists together who focus on social justice issues such as rape culture, trans-phobia, racism, violence, media representation, cultural appropriation, environmental degradation and impact on Indigenous lands, violence against women, and Islamophobic policies. We aim to create a space that is celebratory, positive, intellectually engaging and provocative. We are committed to this space being trans inclusive, anti-racist, and intersectional.

The residency will include individual studio time accented with group discussions, communal dinners, film, guest speakers, group and individual critiques and trips into Toronto for gallery tours and relevant events. The resulting residency work will be presented in an exhibition at the end of the two weeks and pending curatorial acceptance the artwork will be included in a spotlight exhibition at FAC 2018.

FACILITATOR: Ilene Sova is an artist, educator with black mixed race, indigenous and settler ancestry who lives with a disability. As such, she passionately identifies with the tenants of intersectional feminisms and has dedicated her life to “art-tivism”. Founder of FAC, Ilene Sova is a conceptual portrait painter who creates paintings which reference anti-oppression feminist themes. She has an MFA in painting from the University of Windsor and her paintings have been shown in Canada, U.S. and abroad. She has been featured in a variety of television, web and print media including, The Current, Canada AM, Toronto Star, CBC Radio and the Toronto Standard. She was also chosen to speak at Toronto’s first TEDx Women. Most notably, Sova was invited by two federal MPs to bring her work to Ottawa, Canada for the National Women’s Forum on feminism and last year she was invited to give an all university lecture at Southern University New York on Art and Social Change. Sova also teaches painting and drawing the Faculty of Art at OCADU.

Duration of Residency
Two Weeks

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.

Private or Shared

Studio/ Workspace
Shared, furnished, large studio space provided

Fees and Support
$1330 + HST / Private Accommodation, $1120 + HST Shared Accommodation (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 and pending curatorial acceptance the artwork will be included in a spotlight exhibition at FAC 2018.

Application Information
Submissions are accepted until November 7, and should include the following:

1) 250-500 bio and bio photo for the FAC website if you get chosen. In your bio include a statement on how you politically self-identify.
2) Website link (if available) or 5 JPEGS / Video links / or PDF of current written work.
3) Letter of intent (250-500 words) for your work plans at the residency.
4) On your letter of intent indicate if you are applying for a private or shared space
5) If you have an accessibility items to share please indicate this in your letter of intent.

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