This year-long residency program offers one artist or collective from the greater Montréal area the opportunity to collaborate with the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art for the conception and presentation of a public engagement project. The outcomes of this residency can take on a multiplicity of forms, including (but not limited to) talks, performances, a compact exhibition or creative workshops.
The PHI Montréal Residency grounds itself in the emerging field of public engagement, an approach founded on sustained dialogue and collaboration between artists, cultural institutions and communities in the ideation, development and presentation of artworks. Collaborators who take part in these projects can come from a variety of lived experiences, ranging from families and youth to groups affiliated with schools or community organizations.
Applications from artists of all disciplines and backgrounds, including those who wish to gain professional experience in collaborative work methods or socially grounded practices, are strongly encouraged.
Deadline to apply
August 14, 2022 at 11:59 pm
Residency PHI Montréal program
→ Call for proposals: June 7, 2022 to August 14, 2022
→ Q&A online session (45 minutes) via Zoom: June 20, 2022 at 4 pm
→ Public announcement of the selected project: September 2022
→ Residency: October 10, 2022 to July 14, 2023
For more information, please contact [email protected]
PHI Montréal: an annual public engagement residency
At PHI, we value the role of art and culture in our everyday lives. The purpose of PHI Montréal is to nurture a relationship between artists and publics by inviting them to investigate the pressing issues of our time through projects that, although they take on a multiplicity of forms, all highlight a collaborative approach to creation. This residency explores art making and presentation through the concept of the ecosystem, a community-building network that relies on interaction and interconnectivity for its health and well-being.
Selected project will receive:
- An artist stipend of around $12,000 CAD;
- A fee for the rights of exhibition and presentation will be given and determined according to the final project;
- Up to $5,000 CAD for production expenses;
- Personalized support from the PHI Team over the course of the residency period:
• curatorial support;
• technical support;
• production support;
- Access to the following PHI VDO facilities: PHI’s sound and video recording and editing studios with PHI staff; access to PHI offices and administrative spaces;
- Promotional support of the final presentation across PHI networks;
- Public exhibition of the final project at PHI, including installation support;
- Access to PHI’s vast network of collaborators;
- Production of a short video profile for promotional purposes;
- Cost of transport, insurance, and installation of the final project during its presentation, if applicable.
*The use of the singular is intended to lighten the text, but the same rules apply to projects submitted by collectives.
RESEARCH AND IDEATION PHASE
> 2 months
At this step, the artist is invited to get familiar with the PHI Foundation, its team, its resources and the various communities it engages with. This phase also serves as a research period, where the artist can focus the scope and objectives of the proposed project. The selected artist will work closely with the Adjunct Curator - Engagement at the PHI Foundation, who will offer guidance throughout the development of the project.
WORKSHOP AND IMPLEMENTATION PHASE
> 4 months
After the initial research and ideation, the artist is invited to workshop, test and develop the project during this phase. The artist will be able to meet key members of PHI Studio and PHI Foundation who could provide their technical expertise to the implementation of the project. The artist will then carry out the planned project with communities with whom the project is engaged.
PREPARATION AND PRESENTATION OF THE PROJECT
> 1 to 1.5 month(s)
At the end of the residency, the artist will be invited to prepare and present the results of the workshop and implementation phase to the public, in a format that suits the nature of the project: public talk, colloquium, art workshop, performance, presentation of documentation from the process in various formats, sound piece or podcast, video, mini-exhibition, micro-publication…
Submit your application by August 14, 2022 before 11:59 pm by completing this Application Form. Applicants will be asked to provide the following information:
Description of proposed project (max. 500 words);
- Production plan for the proposed project, including:
• a detailed calendar listing key moments for each stage of the project;
• a detailed budget outlining creation, production, and other expenses;
• a list of relevant suppliers and/or vendors;
Documentation of previous work (up to 5 documents maximum; web links to existing images, video, or other documentation are accepted).
Applications can be completed in French or English. Incomplete applications or applications that do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be considered.
An acknowledgement message will appear once the registration form has been completed. The selected artist will be contacted in September 2022.
Montréal-based artists with a professional practice (including emerging artists) are invited to apply;
Artists working in all disciplines are eligible, including, but not limited to: visual arts, digital and new media arts, performance art, dance, sound art and music, photography and film;
Groups and collectives of artists are eligible, the conditions offered remain the same.
The selection will be undertaken by a committee composed of PHI staff and invited external professionals who reflect a diverse set of expertise and perspectives and lived experiences.
Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Relevance of the project and impact on the career of the selected artist (30%).
Conceptual and formal rigor of the proposed art project and its resonance with the concept of public engagement, including how it details co-creation processes and collective methodologies (35%);
Feasibility within the given timeframe as well as the technical and budgetary practicalities of the proposed project (35%).
PHI is committed to equity in all its forms.
Do you have any questions? Check out the following FAQ. For more information, please contact [email protected].
*The use of the singular is intended to lighten the text, but the same rules apply to projects submitted by collectives.
Public engagement is an approach that is interested in rethinking dialogue between institutions, artists and their audiences. Within the museum context, it aims at involving communities more directly in the conception and presentation of artistic projects, usually through collaborative or co-creative processes. The concept of public engagement can be linked to a variety of methodologies in contemporary art, including cultural mediation, or socially engaged, in socius or in situ, pedagogical or educational practices.
In order to allow artists to deploy projects over time, we have reviewed the initial structure of the PHI Montréal residency. Rather than a two-month production residency, the residency now extends over a year, and includes research and implementation phases before the final presentation of the project. It is expected that the projects submitted reflect this work structure, in addition to working in connection with the concept of public engagement.
Projects do not have to be made on site at PHI, but the artist will indeed have access to some PHI facilities during the residency period, including PHI VDO's sound recording and editing suites, and PHI offices and administrative spaces. Access to these spaces will be coordinated with the PHI Montréal Project Coordinator, depending on the needs of the artist.
The PHI Centre and PHI Foundation are partially accessible for those with reduced mobility, although additional assistance may be required and will be arranged with anyone who requires it.
Given that the PHI Montréal residency is designed for Montréal-based artists, we do not offer overnight accommodation for this residency.
PHI Montréal is a residency program that provides access to some PHI VDO facilities during the residency period, including PHI’s sound recording and editing studio, and PHI offices and administrative spaces, as well as support by way of personalized meetings with the PHI Team.
Artists across all disciplines are encouraged to apply with their proposed project. Are you a dancer with an idea for a video project? A poet with a textile installation in mind? A design duo who wants to make an interactive artwork? We welcome all sorts of projects, not only object-based works.
There may be the possibility of borrowing some PHI equipment during the residency period depending on the needs and scope of the request, but this will be decided at the discretion of PHI staff. Applications should include rental or purchase costs of specialized equipment and materials in their project budget.
For applicants applying as collectives, at least one member of the collective must be based in the Greater Montréal area during the application process. Again, please take note that overnight accommodation is not provided as part of the residency.
The artist will have access to the following PHI VDO spaces during the residency period: PHI’s sound recording and editing studios, and PHI offices and administrative spaces. Access to these spaces will be coordinated with the PHI Montréal Project Coordinator, depending on the needs of each artist. The artist will also be given a tour of the PHI Foundation spaces during the onboarding period of the residency.
Yes! If you have further questions about the application process, selection process and PHI Montréal residency as a whole, we invite you to attend a 45-minute online Q+A session via Zoom.
To attend, please click on the Zoom link here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83722989545
We invite you to email your questions beforehand.
If you have questions beyond this, or cannot attend the session, simply direct your questions to [email protected].
Already completed projects are not eligible for this residency. Your proposed project may be a continuation of a past series, but must integrate new elements to be workshopped during the residency period.
There is no application fee.
The selected project will receive an artist stipend of around $12,000 CAD, a fee for the rights of exhibition presentation and up to $5,000 CAD for production expenses. Participating artists are therefore not required to apply for additional funding.
The final project will be presented in June 2023.
Yes; all participating artists will be asked to sign a Letter of Agreement with PHI.
Your budget should be basic and should include the primary costs related to the ideation, workshopping and presentation of your project. Its format and content will depend on the type of project you are submitting! We will not require a cost report at the end of the residency.
The PHI Montréal Residency is only open to those with Canadian Resident status at this time.
Applicants may voluntarily add their date of births into the Voluntary Self-Declaration section of the application. This is not required, but helps us assess the diverse age range of the artists applying for the residency.
The selected artist will be contacted and publicly announced by PHI in September 2022, with the residency beginning in October 2022. Prior, PHI will go over the logistical parts of the residency with the artist, including signing Letter of Agreements and providing a tour of PHI facilities.
Yes, PHI retains the exclusivity on the first presentation of your project. However, the artist is welcome to use what has been produced during the residency to generate other artworks or projects as long as the PHI Montréal residency is credited accordingly. Your project remains your intellectual property, of course.
The proposal can certainly be submitted under your name, while including a collaborative aspect with other artists, as long as one member of your collective is based in Montréal during the application process. However, if your proposal is accepted, the final presented project would be credited under your name during the exhibition.