Our 2020 Self-Directed Summer Residency Program has been cancelled due to concerns around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the cancellation of AUArts Summer Programming.   

We thank all that have expressed interest and have submitted applications. We will be sure to keep you informed of our 2021 summer programming. 

Take care, stay creative and stay safe!


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 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

Please visit – for more information on our vision statement, goals and values.

Residency Options:

Full Time Residency:

Dates: Saturday, May 23 – Sunday, August 23, 2020
Duration: 13 Weeks
Fee: $495.00* + $25.00 insurance fee

Part Time (May Start) Residency:

Dates: Saturday, May 23 – Sunday, June 28, 2020
Duration: 5 Weeks
Fee: $315.00* + $15.00 insurance fee

Part Time (July Start) Residency:

Dates: Saturday, July 11 – Sunday, August 16, 2020
Duration: 5 Weeks
Fee: $315.00* + $15.00 insurance fee

Contextural Members are eligible for a 10% discount

How To Apply

Applicants should send a complete application to: with the subject “2020 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.

Application Deadline

We are not accepting applications at this time.


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 ($495 value). The scholarship will be awarded based on the quality and completeness of the application. New this year, we encourage scholarship applicants to include a research component to their Statement of Intent. This could be experimenting with a new process, exploration of a Fibre artist and their techniques or further developing your own practice. The research component will also be considered during jury review.

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 the Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) facilities.

Exhibition Opportunities

A group exhibition will be held at the end of each residency and is open to all residency participants and will be shown in partnership with the AUArts summer residencies. The theme for this year’s exhibition will be determined at a later date. The exhibition will open in August at AUArts, and will run approximately 1-2 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