FAQs

Residency FAQ

What are the dates of the residency?

One-month residencies are May 28 – July 2 (with mandatory attendance for orientation & move-in Sunday, May 28 at 1:00pm) and July 23 – August 27 (with mandatory attendance for orientation & move-in on Sunday, July 23 at 1:00pm).

Three-month residency is May 28 – August 27 with mandatory attendance for orientation/move-in Sunday, May 28 at 1:00pm.

**Please note that all participants will be responsible for clean up on move out days. More information to follow**

Where is the residency held?

The Fibre Department studios at the Alberta College of Art and Design (1407 14th Ave. NW Calgary, AB)

What are the costs involved?

The one-month residency costs are: $165 studio fee, $40 for insurance and security id, plus your own supply costs.

The three-month residency costs are: $275 studio fee, $40 for insurance and security id, plus your own supply costs.

When will I know if I’ve been accepted?

Notification letters will be sent to the email address you provided by mid April.

How do I apply?

Please see the “Application Requirements” listed above. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 31st at midnight.

Are there any scholarships?

Contextural offers the Contextural Summer Residency Scholarship to individuals applying for the three-month residency. The scholarship includes studio fees for the three-month summer residency ($275 value) and $250 for supplies. The scholarship will be awarded based on the quality and completeness of the application. The scholarship recipient will be expected to show their work in the end of summer residency exhibition.

What about supplies?

Residency participants are responsible for providing their own supplies. A bulk order of emulsion and print base/pigments will be made on behalf of the participants and contacts for suppliers will be provided to participants with the acceptance letter.

You must provide your own silkscreens for your work. If you do not own a silkscreen and you require the use of one, you can purchase one from Stanley Sign & Screen.

Sewing machines will not be available for individual use this year, however you’re welcome to bring one from home.

How much access to the studios do participants have?

Residency participants have access 7 days per week from 7am – 11pm, except when there are classes being held in the fibre studios (schedule below). Extended studies classes are dependent on minimum participation, so classes may be cancelled from time to time. Schedule changes will be communicated should this occur.

A schedule of studio closures will be posted at the beginning of the residency.

What about the exhibition?

An exhibition is held at the end of each residency and is open to all participants. In celebration of Contextural’s 10 year anniversary, this year’s exhibition title is “TEXTILE: Contextural Celebrates Ten”.

The exhibition will open on August 28th at ACAD, and will run approximately two weeks.


There is the opportunity to have a solo exhibition in “The National Gallery for Contemporary Fibre Art”, a small display case in the Fibre department. More details available at the beginning of the residency.

What do you mean self-directed?

Although we encourage a “community” atmosphere, all of the artists who participate in the residency are here to work. It is expected that each participant is able to work independently and not rely on other participants for technical or other support. Participants are of course encouraged to interact within the community. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email us – residency@contextural.ca or contact the on duty studio monitor directly.

How will you provide a “community”?

In the past years we have had some feedback about creating a more interactive community within the residency participants. Although we all work independently, it is sometimes beneficial to gather as a community, share ideas and get some feedback. With this in mind, this summer’s residency will feature a monthly “show and tell” meeting and a gallery wall specifically set up for works in progress that other members of the residency can leave comments, criticism and praise throughout the week.

Do I have to be a fibre artist to apply for the residency?

No, however we do suggest having some familiarity with the ACAD facilities and/ or print and dye processes.

Can I bring my sister/friend/partner to the residency?

No. Due to health and safety policies, visitors and/or outside helpers are not permitted in the residency area.

What equipment/ facilities are available?

Exposure Room Light safe silk screen storage
Light safe work area
Exposure Unit
Printing/ Multipurpose Room Printing tables and drop cloths (5 tables @15’, 1 table @ 25’)
Pressure Washer
Washout sinks
Heat Press
Fridge
Washer and dryer
Steamer and irons
Small Gallery Space
Balcony
Mop & bucket/broom
Dye Mixing Box
Dyeing/ Multipurpose Room 6 Induction Cooktop stoves
1 Kitchen Type stove top
Large Dye Pots
Fridge
Washout Sinks
Open Space (for silk painting/3-D work)
Drying Racks
Electric Frying Pans (4) for wax resist
Hood Vent
Shinshee/Stretcher Bars
Personal Studio Space Chairs, Desks, Pin Boards for personal space approx 5’ x 10’ each
PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT have access to… Sewing Machines or Serger
Warping Mills
Looms
Paper Hydropulper and Hollander
Computers
Silkscreens
Computers and printers