Call for Projects Reflecting on Visual Arts and Environmental Issues

Grantham Foundation (Canada)

Based in Saint-Edmond-de-Grantham in Quebec, Grantham Foundation supports artistic productions and art research on art that tackle environmental challenges in the Anthropocene age. The Foundation is now launching a call for projects – intended for researchers and professionals – that reflect the relationship between the visual arts and environmental issues.

The Foundation’s residency programme now runs over an approximately 12-month cycle. It includes a 4-week stay at the Foundation (within January – August 2022) dedicated to research and writing, a presentation of ongoing work for a general audience, and a research grant. The programme aims to culminate – subject to grants being obtained – in the production of a public outreach project at the Foundation that may take the form of a publication, a group exhibition or public programmes (a symposium, a series of lectures, workshops, etc.).

The initial stay offers the researcher in residence a focused time to reflect and write on the Foundation’s premises. One professional meeting is planned with a member of the Foundation team or its scientific committee, on the basis of the proposed project. A public event allowing the researcher to share the ongoing research is planned towards the end of the stay.

By mutual agreement, the researcher in residence and the Grantham Foundation can decide to develop a project for public dissemination at the Foundation. The researcher agrees to work in collaboration with the Foundation’s scientific committee and to participate in the search for funding. 

The programme is intended for researchers who reside in Quebec, elsewhere in Canada or abroad, whether they are affiliated with a research institution or not. Also eligible are all but dissertation (ABD) doctoral candidates, independent researchers, art critics and exhibition curators, as well as artists with a curatorial practice. Duos are eligible.

The projects submitted must be in keeping with the Grantham Foundation’s mission and objectives. Visual arts are defined by the Foundation’s scientific committee as practices recognised as such professionally—photography, installation, sculpture, painting, graphic art, performance—as well as sound art, digital and media practices. Projects in architectural research are welcome.

In addition to being hosted by the Foundation, the residency consists of a CA$ 5000 grant, which includes a living allowance, a residence fee, a fee for a public presentation, and a research grant. The Foundation also provides logistical and administrative support for putting together grant applications and producing the proposed project.

An additional lump sum of no more than CA$ 500 is provided to cover a portion of the travel expenses of researchers whose place of residence is located beyond a radius of 500 km from Saint-Edmond-de-Grantham. 

Deadline: 15 September 2021

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