In 2011, an annual residency and exchange partnership began between the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s (RMIT) International Artist in Residency Program (iAIR) and the Gushul Studio Residency Program at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. This project was developed to connect and illuminate Indigenous culture and expand ideas of Indigeneity. The residency will provide the successful applicant with a residency in Melbourne and an exhibition in the RMIT Project Space gallery.
This exchange is directed specifically to practicing Canadian artists that identify as indigenous peoples. As well, the body of their practice would need to reflect ideas and perspectives on indigenous culture and identity.
The call for applications for the 2014 exchange is now open. Please download and read the Application Guidelines in full:
Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Sarah Hilliard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications deadline has been extended to November 8, 2013.
**Applicants are advised to be aware of the financial responsibilities that will not be covered by the residency agreement and stipend. It is the responsibility of the applicant to apply for other forms of funding or grants, if required, for additional costs such as travel, insurance, and materials. Please be aware of the deadlines, requirements, and anticipated distribution for those grants.**
2013 Exchange Artists
For the 2013 exchange, Canadian artist Scott Benesiinaabandan was selected to present his exhibition, Blood Memories, in the RMIT Project Space gallery. This project has emerged from research into interactive projection media, using processing programs and webcam technology to create fields of images that record and capture the physical space they inhabit. A slit-scan camera technique creates not only a still of a moment but a time-based image that captures space in a unique “time-smear” capturing both the space, time and movement within a singular customizable frame.
Australian artist Vicki Couzens (MA) was selected to come to Canada to reside in the Gushul Studio. Her project entails the collaborative creation of a Possum Skin Cloak with local Aboriginal artists from the Blood Tribe, Blackfoot Nation, in Blairmore, Southern Alberta. She will participate in both the Art NOW (October 2 and 4) and Speaker Series (October 16) at the University of Lethbridge campus.