Ontario Arts Council

Ontario Arts Council

June 11, 2007 11:27 ET

Residency program launched for Ontario and Québec artists

Partnership between Ontario Arts Council and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, Books Editor, Education Editor, News Editor TORONTO,ONTARIO, ARTS--(Marketwire - June 11, 2007) - The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) are partnering on an artist residency program. Artists from either Québec or Ontario can apply for up to $10,000 to cover a one-to-three month residency for a creation-based or professional development project in the province that isn't their own.

"The Ontario-Québec Artist Residency program will stimulate creative exchanges and foster links between artistic communities in both provinces," said Martha Durdin, OAC Chair. "It may also lead to new distribution opportunities for the work of these artists."

"Periods of residence geared to creation and professional enrichment allow grant recipients to enjoy unique professional experiences that contribute to their career development," added Yvan Gauthier, President and CEO of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. "The program affords artists an opportunity to broaden their circle of partners, engage in discussions with their peers, and meet new audiences."

The first deadline is October 5, 2007. Individual artists (no groups or collectives) working in all art forms may apply in either English or French. Candidates must meet eligibility criteria from their provincial arts council. Applications will be assessed on artistic merit; impact on the art form, on the artist or on the community; and the viability of the project. Eligible costs include travel and accommodation; cost of living; and material costs related to the project. Applicants are responsible for finding their project partners in the host province.

"Artists are at the centre of our creative society, reflecting the best of who we are to ourselves and to the world," said Caroline Di Cocco, Ontario Minister of Culture. "I'm so pleased that Ontario and Québec are working together to provide artists with this wonderful opportunity to participate in the cultural life of each other's province."

"I'm delighted that CALQ is enabling Québec artists and writers to engage in periods of residence in neighbouring provinces and allowing them complete autonomy in defining the objectives and scope of their projects," Christine St-Pierre, Québec Minister of Culture, Communications and Women's Affairs said. "Through its flexibility, this new type of exchange program offers possibilities that complement those stemming from the impressive network of studios and studio apartments that CALQ has already developed."

The Ontario Arts Council is the province's primary funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2006-2007, OAC funded 1,224 individual artists and 867 organizations for a total of $36.4 million. These grants were of benefit to artists and arts organizations in 255 communities across Ontario. OAC is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For more information, visit www.arts.on.ca

Since 1994, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec has had a mandate to support throughout Québec creation, experimentation and production in the realms of the performing arts, the visual arts, the media arts, architectural research, the arts and crafts, and literature and to broaden their influence in Québec, Canada and abroad. The Conseil also supports the development of professional artists. Visit www.calq.gouv.qc.ca

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Contact Information

  • Daphnée Nostrome, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council
    Primary Phone: 416-969-7446
    Toll-Free: 800-387-0058
    E-mail: dnostrome@arts.on.ca