Artist Tamara Himmelspach’s studio during the 2015 Indigenous Residency in Visual + Digital Arts.
The Indigenous Art Journal program will provide a platform for emerging and experienced Indigenous writers to contribute to the critical dialogue around global Indigenous visual arts practice. This program endeavors to carve out space in a field whereby Indigenous artworks are often discussed external to key cultural contexts and histories imperative to their creation and understanding. Indigenous art writers, art historians, curators and artists can explore critical art and social discourse, approaches and methodologies to writing about Indigenous art practice, and the issues and concerns that inform Indigenous artists work, lives, and communities. Participants will bring those stories that need telling and current works in progress, to share and collaborate on reviews and articles for future publication.
Under the guidance and mentorship of the program faculty, and drawing on the collective knowledge of the participants, we will explore topics including: sovereignty, reconciliation, colonization and decolonization, Indigenous knowledge, resistance and resilience, contemporary relationships to tradition and material processes, identity, and how these concerns manifest physically and aesthetically in contemporary art practice. Through the mobilization of our collective efforts, we will draft and envision the development of an Indigenous Art Journal for future online and print publication.
What does the program offer?
Residencies offer structured programs where artists, curators, and other arts professionals come together to create work and discuss pertinent themes. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, and studio visits from world-renowned visiting artists and curators, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and professional development of their work.
Who should apply?
Indigenous curators, art writers, art historians, and cultural thinkers are welcome. Applicants should have an exhibition/publication record, training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers or communities.
Enrollment to this program is limited to individuals of Indigenous descent (status, non-status, Métis or Inuit in Canada and Indigenous peoples from around the world).