Research-Creation Residency: Call for projects

The Foundation

The Guido Molinari Foundation is intended to promote and perpetuate the creative work of Guido Molinari (1933-2004) and, in doing so, to encourage the work of emerging artists. Located in the artist’s former studio, a former bank in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, it includes an exhibition and documentation center. The Foundation presents an annual program of exhibitions, conferences, cultural and educational and mediation activities for various audiences. Access to the Foundation and all its activities is free.

Photo: Mike Patten

The residency

The residency includes an 8-week research-creation stay at the Foundation with the central dedicated space, access to its collection, its archives and ongoing support from the team. The selected artist will receive a stipend and a production allowance to support the realization of an exhibition. The artist’s project will also receive support from the GMF for media promotion of activities related to the residency.

In addition to the exhibition presenting the results of the research-creation residency, the artist commits to participating in two mediation activities for the public, to working in collaboration with the Foundation’s team and, if necessary, to contributing to fundraising and promotional activities. Any production resulting from the work undertaken at the Foundation must acknowledge the Foundation’s support.

Approach

We accept applications from artists working in various fields of artistic practice (painting, drawing, photography, architecture, installation, augmented reality, digital art, interactive works, participatory and community practices, sound art, video art, net/internet art, site-specific works, etc.)

We are looking for audacious projects in the field of contemporary art that open new avenues of dialogue with the Foundation’s collections. The Foundation wishes to be involved in current theoretical debates, and thus to revisit bodies of art history with a contemporary eye. Interdisciplinary approaches and postcolonial, feminist and queer methodologies and theories are welcome.

Residency support and endowment

  • The artist will have the central space as a studio at the Guido Molinari Foundation for the duration of the residency.
  • The artist will be in constant dialogue with the Foundation team to develop the project.
  • The artist will benefit from the expertise of the Foundation’s technical staff to assist with the project.
  • In addition to hosting at the Foundation, the artist residency is endowed with an amount of approximately $5,000 CDN, which includes production support. A fee for reproduction and exhibition rights and for mediation activities is also offered. The Foundation also provides logistical and administrative support for the mounting and production of the exhibition and, if necessary, for grant applications.

Eligibility

The residency is open to artists residing in Quebec (Canadian citizen or with a work permit). The artist must have a minimum of 5 years of professional practice, have exhibited his or her work and have received peer recognition.

Projects submitted must be in line with the mission and objectives of the Guido Molinari Foundation.

Duos and group projects are eligible; the conditions offered remain the same.

Selection criteria

Selection is based on the following criteria:

  • The artist’s background and artistic approach
  • The relevance and originality of the proposed project in relation to the Foundation’s mandate
  • The general quality of the application
  • The feasibility of the project
  • The ability to adapt and be autonomous
  • The favorable impact of the project on the applicant’s career.

Presentation of the file

The application must include:

  • A description of the proposed project (including objectives and anticipated timeline), stating its relevance to the Foundation’s mission and how the residency will benefit the project (2 pages maximum).
  • A description of the artistic approach (1 page maximum)
  • An updated curriculum vitae (3 pages maximum) and a biography of the artist (250 words maximum)
  • A portfolio of current or past work, including relevant supporting material (10 images maximum and/or links to 2-5 audio/video clips, no larger than 15 MB, with full captions)
  • A press kit (5 pages maximum).
  • The elements of the dossier must be assembled, in the order indicated, into a PDF document of no more than 1Gb. The file must be sent by WeTransfer to the email address send it to candidatures[a]fondationguidomolinari.org before June 14, 2024 11:59 pm using the following subject: “Application – Residency 2025”.

An e-mail acknowledging receipt will be sent within a week of reception of the application. Only complete applications that comply with these presentation guidelines will be examined by the selection committee.

Selection process

All applications will be evaluated by a committee, composed of the director of the Guido Molinari Foundation and members of its Collections and Programming Committee.