Seeking Applicants for the 10th Annual Contextural Self-Directed Summer Residency Program

We are currently accepting applications to be part of this dynamic and vital part of Calgary’s cultural scene as participants in a self-directed summer residency and end of residency exhibition. Residency participants will have the option to work with the group to develop a community of fibre artists through workshops, critique sessions and exhibitions throughout the year.

We are seeking individuals who:

  • Are interested in working within a co-operative studio setting
  • Will be actively involved in, and contribute to, our community
  • Seek access to affordable studio space and specialized equipment
  • Are interested in sharing their knowledge and skills through teaching and collaboration
  • Appreciate and practice the diversity of textile arts and craft
  • Embrace an environmental approach to studio production
  • Are ready to commit a fee of $275 for a three-month, or $165 for one-month summer studio rental and access to equipment
  • Will contribute to the end of summer residency exhibition.

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Residency Dates

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.

How To Apply

Applicants should send a complete application to: with the subject “2017 Summer Residency Application – NAME”. See “Application Requirements” below for details on what to include in your application. Current Contextural members are only required to submit a Statement of Intent unless you would like to be considered for the scholarship. See “Scholarship” below for details.

Assessment Process

The review and assessment process will be based on the quality and completeness of the application.


Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31st @ midnight. If accepted, residency fees are due with the acceptance form and supply order form by May 1st.


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. In your “Statement of Intent”, please include one or two sentences indicating your interest in applying for the scholarship and how you would use the scholarship fund for supplies and materials.

**Please note: If you are a current Contextural Member and would like to be considered for the Contextural Residency Scholarship, you must submit a complete application, along with a note indicating that you would like to be considered for the scholarship**

Notification of Results

Applicants will be notified of the results of the applications via email by mid April 2017.

Exhibition Opportunities

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. For more information, please refer to the FAQ section of this package.

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.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the Contextural Summer Residency, please direct them to

We look forward to sharing this opportunity with you,

Contextural Residency Team