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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.

The Laureates

PHI Residences Montreal 2022 Laureat Amélie Brisson Darveauv2


Amélie Brisson-Darveau's artistic projects aim at offering an alternative experience of the “unseen” elements of social environments through an exploration of their tangibility and volume. She approaches her installation work through multiple dimensions by experimenting with the texture and structure of textiles that are put in relation with other materials such as ceramics, wood and light. Her work has been presented in numerous exhibitions and events in Canada, the United States and Europe, particularly in Switzerland, England, Germany, Finland, Lithuania, Norway, Turkey and France. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the FQRSC and was a recipient of the Kaunas International Biennale’s Emerging Artist Award.

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PHI Residences Montreal 2022 Laureates Pavitra Wickramasinghev2


Pavitra Wickramasinghe is a multidisciplinary artist mainly concerned with new ways of conceptualizing the moving image and conventions of seeing. Her current work is an exploration of notions of traveling, fluidity of place and memory. Pavitra’s work has been exhibited in numerous local, national and international venues such as Chroniques-International digital arts bienniale (France), Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, OBORO (Montréal), Kunst Kraft Werk (Germany), Yeosu International Art Festival (South Korea), Centre des Arts Enghien-les-Bains (France), Cable Factory (Finland), Centro Cultural del Matadero (Spain) and Access Gallery (Vancouver) among others. Pavitra was born in Colombo and lives and works in Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal.

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The Selection Committee

  • Tanha Gomes

    Tanha Gomes is an art educator, cultural worker and visual artist based in Tiohtià:ke - Mooniyang - Montreal. Her work is centered on issues related to cultural identity, migration, non-dominant languages and critical pedagogy. She focuses on practices that use contemporary art as a tool to promote social justice. Originally from Brazil, Tanha holds a BFA and a Master's degree in Art Education from Concordia University. She has collaborated with a wide network of community organizations, artists and arts institutions, including the Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art, Maisons de la culture and Dazibao.

  • Daniel Fiset

    Daniel Fiset is a cultural worker based in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal. He currently is Adjunct Curator of Engagement at the PHI Foundation, and his recent research focuses on the intersections of artistic, critical and pedagogical practices, as well as the emergence of public engagement as a discipline within Quebec and Canadian contexts. He holds a PhD in art history from the Université de Montréal on contemporary art photography and the philosophy of technology. His doctoral research was supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et Culture and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

  • Cheryl Sim

    Cheryl Sim is Managing Director and Curator at the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art as well as an artist and scholar. Her work ethos has been greatly informed by artist run culture. Recent exhibitions include RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting, and STAN DOUGLAS: Revealing Narratives, which both garnered critical acclaim and touring engagements. Her video and installation work has been presented in exhibitions and festivals in North America and Europe. She has a PhD in the études et pratiques des arts program at UQÀM and her book Wearing the Cheongsam: Dress and Culture in a Chinese Diaspora was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2019.

Program Details

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.

Residency Structure:

*The use of the singular is intended to lighten the text, but the same rules apply to projects submitted by collectives.

> 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.

> 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.

> 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…

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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.

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