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Seeking Applicants for the 2018 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 our 11th annual 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 to studio fees (per below) for studio rental and access to equipment
  • Will contribute to the end of summer residency exhibition

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Residency Dates

Full Time Residency:

  • Dates: Saturday, May 26 – Sunday, August 12, 2018
    Duration: 11 Weeks
    Fee: $400.00 + GST

Part Time (May Start) Residency:

  • Dates: Saturday, May 26 – Sunday, June 30, 2018
    Duration: 5 Weeks
    Fee: $250.00 + GST

Part Time (July Start) Residency:

  • Dates: Saturday, July 7 – Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Duration: 5 Weeks
  • Fee: $250.00 + GST

How To Apply

Applicants should send a complete application to: with the subject “2018 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 Thursday, April 12th @ midnight. If accepted, residency acceptance form and fees are due by Thursday, May 10th.


Contextural offers the Contextural Summer Residency Scholarship to individuals applying for the full time residency. The scholarship includes studio fees for the full time summer residency ($400 value). 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 plan to use the studio. The scholarship recipient will be expected to show their work in the end of summer residency exhibition.

**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 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 the end of April.

Contextural reserves the right to modify or cancel the agreement terms conditional to numbers of residency participants and access to ACAD facilities.

Exhibition Opportunities

A group exhibition will held at the end of each residency and is open to all residency participants and will be shown in partnership with the ACAD summer residencies. The theme for this year’s exhibition will be ‘Materiality’. The exhibition will open in August at ACAD, and will run approximately two weeks. More information to follow.

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