Residency FAQ

What are the dates of the residency?

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

Please note that all participants will be required to complete orientation prior to move in and 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 University of the Arts (formerly known as the Alberta College of Art and Design), 1407 14th Avenue NW, Calgary, AB.

What are the costs involved?

Residency fees for the part time residency are $315.00 (+$15.00 insurance fee) and full time residency are $495.00 (+$25.00 insurance fee).

Returning summer residency participants will have existing ID badges reactivated at no charge. The cost for new or replacement ID badges will be charged to the individual participant (at the current AUArts rate). Badge activation and creation will be arranged by Residency Coordinator prior to the residency move in. If arrangements for ID badges are not made prior to orientation, it will be the responsibility of the participant to arrange to have a new badge issued with security directly.

Participants are responsible for their own supply costs.

When will I know if I’ve been accepted?

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

How do I apply?

Please see the “Application Requirements” listed above. The deadline for applications is April 12th, 2020 at midnight.

Are there any scholarships?

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.

What about supplies?

Residency participants are responsible for providing their own supplies.

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

Sewing machines will not be available for individual use, 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 AUArts Extended Studies classes being held in the fibre studios. These classes are dependent on minimum participation and may be cancelled. 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?

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 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.

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 – 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 gallery wall specifically set up for works in progress that other members of the residency can leave comments, constructive criticism and praise throughout the week.

In addition to this, we have scheduled a critique for Contextural members and Residency participants in June to kick start the residency, and one in conjunction with the end of Residency exhibition in August. More information to follow.

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

No, however we do suggest having some familiarity with the AUArts 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. Failure to comply with this could result in dismissal from the residency.

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
Washer and dryer
Steamer and irons
Small Gallery Space
Mop & bucket/broom
Dye Mixing Box
Dyeing/ Multipurpose Room 6 Induction Cooktop stoves and Large Dye Pots
Washout Sinks
Open Space (for silk painting/3-D work)
Drying Racks
Electric Frying Pans (4) for wax resist
Hood Vent
Shinshee/Stretcher Bars
Weaving / Tapestry Room 4 harness looms
2 tapestry looms
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 and Looms
Paper Hydropulper and Hollander
Computers and printers


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