Visiting Artist Program

Amery Sandford (VAP 2018) grinding a stone, photo by Dee Ramadan (@dee_ramadan)

Local Visiting Artist Residency 2021/22

Residencies taking place between October 2021-October 2022

Call for Submissions

Call opens: Friday August 27th, 2021
Deadline: Friday, October 15th, 2021
Notification of results: November 15th , All applicants will be notified of the outcome. 
Spots Available: 2


How To Apply:

St. Michael’s Printshop (SMP) accepts applications to our Local Artist Residency in multiple formats. Our preference is for artists to apply with the google form. Proposals can also be emailed to SMP in writing or pitched to SMP in the form of a zoom interview, which will be recorded for the jury. 

Option #1 

Written Application: Fill out the google form, and follow instructions on how to submit your support material. 

*If you do not have a Gmail (to access the google form) please download the application form and email us your written response (email: stmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com)

Option #2

To schedule a Zoom pitch: 

Please contact SMP Executive Director Christeen Francis, at info@stmichaelsprintshop.com no later than October 15th, 2021 to schedule a date/time for a 10-minute pitch of your ideas.

  • Please fill out this online form by October 15th. 
    *If you do not have a Gmail (to access the google form) please download the application form and email us your written response (email: stmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com)
  • For your Zoom pitch/presentation you will be required to answer the project proposal prompts supplied below
  • Maximum of 10 images/slides in your Zoom pitch

Application Questions/Prompts:

*indicates required 

  1. Project Summary* (75 words max)  please provide a clear and concise overview of your project.
  2. A detailed project proposal* (300-500 words max) that may include the following:
    1. a. What are the themes/ideas/interests you wish to explore during your residency?
    2. b. What are the processes/techniques you wish to use during your residency?
  3. Artist Statement* (250 words max) that may include the following:
    1. a. What are the general themes/ideas/interests that you explore in your practice beyond the scope of the residency? 
    2. b. What are the overarching goals of your artistic practice and how do you work towards them?
  4. Artist Bio* (150 words max)
  5. Are there any accessibility requirements that SMP should be made aware of? (approx. 100 word, optional)
    1. Note: SMP has several physical accessibility barriers. The shop is located on the second floor of an old building without an elevator. If SMP can make adjustments to our space to make it more accessible and inclusive please let us know here. 
  6. Support Materials* you may include up to 10 items of support material (Images, JPG, max 1MB). For audio/video work include a link to a streaming platform such as SoundCloud, Vimeo or YouTube in your support material inventory. For video support materials clips can be up to 3 minutes long maximum. Specify the start/end times for the clip you’d like watched.
    1. Title all files with your name in the order you want them viewed (ie: 01_YourName.jpg)
  7. Inventory/Image List.* An inventory is a list of all of the files that you are sending us in order and should include all relevant information to help the jury understand your work. This can be the title of the work, the year it was made, any collaborators, location, dimensions, materials etc. What you include in your inventory is up to you. All YouTube, Soundcloud or Vimeo links should be included here.
  8. CV* (3 pages max) an updated resume that confirms a professional arts practice. 

Eligibility 

This program offers local and provincial artists the opportunity to work on and develop ideas in a professional printmaking facility for one month. In order to qualify, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

Must be a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador, and be willing to relocate to St John’s for the one month residency. 


Conditions of the Residency

The residency recipient agrees to:

  • Donate two prints from each edition* printed during the residency to St. Michael’s Printshop. One of these prints will be retained in the printshop’s archives, the other is used for fundraising purposes.

*We appreciate that not all contemporary print practices conform to traditional editions and in such instances, we can work out alternative arrangements.

  • Please note a required component of the residency will be to facilitate either a workshop, artist talk or a community event. Successful applicants will develop their preferred event in consultation with SMP staff to identify topics/programming that highlights the applicant’s strengths and best serves the community.

Benefits of Scholarship

  • Free membership and rent-free 24-hour access to the Printshop for a 4 week period
  • $1,000 Artist Fee
  • up to $500 stipend for travel if the artist needs to relocate/travel to be in St. John’s for the duration of the residency (receipts will be required)

SMP Staff and the Programming Committee are committed to working with the successful applicant to support them to address their individual needs during the duration of the residency.

We encourage applicants to consider ArtsNL’s funding opportunities if accepted (not a requirement of the residency). We are happy to provide a letter of support for their ArtsNL application. 

ArtsNL PPGP deadline: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

ArtsNL Travel Funding Application Periods:

The PATF operates four funding cycles each fiscal year:
April 1 to June 30
July 1 to September 30
October 1 to December 31
January 1 to March 31

BB & SMP Mobile Press Printmaking Residency

2021 Bonavista Biennale: The Tonic of Wildness

Deadline July 26th 2021

The Bonavista Biennale (BB), in partnership with St. Michael’s Printshop (SMP), is offering two printmaking residencies in conjunction with SMP’s Mobile Press which will provide community outreach programming in the Bonavista-Trinity area during this summer’s Biennale. The one week residencies are open to artists living on the Peninsula. One residency will take place at Port Union August 19-26; the other will take place in Port Union and Trinity from August 26th – September 2nd. Additionally there is the option to work with SMP at a Live printing Pop up in Clarenville September 3rd & 4th.

About the Mobile Press

St Michael’s printshop has a Takach (18” x 36”) tabletop etching press that will be stationed in locations around the Bonavista Peninsula, with Port Union and Trinity serving as central creative hubs. The Mobile Press will make day trips to various locations on the peninsula. There will be technical help for the artists-in-residence by an SMP staff member who will work with two chosen artists to assist in one community based print workshop and produce an edition of prints. Each artist will do a one week residency with the mobile press set up and assistance from the technical resident. 

The mobile press supports: relief, dry point, collagraph, embossings and monoprints.

How To Apply:

The Bonavista Biennale and St. Michael’s Printshop (SMP) accepts applications to our BB & SMP Mobile Press Printmaking Residency in multiple formats. Artists may apply through the google forms linked below. Proposals can also be pitched to BB and SMP in the form of a zoom interview, which will be recorded for the jury. The deadline is July 26th at 11:59pm.

Option #1 

Written Application: Fill out the google form, and follow instructions on how to submit your support material. (this includes an Artist statement, Project proposal, Residency location preference, documentation and Slide list.) deadline: July 26th/midnight

*If you do not have a gmail (to access the google form) please download the application form (link) and email us your written response (email: stmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com)

Option #2

To schedule a Zoom pitch: 

Contact SMP Executive Director Christeen Francis, at info@stmichaelsprintshop.com to schedule a date/time for a 10-minute pitch of your ideas. Zoom Pitch’s should be scheduled and take place no later than the 26th. Please keep in mind that it will take time to schedule a Zoom pitch and it cannot be at the last minute . 

  • Please fill out this online form by the deadline. (July 26th/midnight)

Application Questions/Prompts:

*indicates required 

  1. A project proposal* (300 max) that includes the following:
    • a. What are the themes/ideas/interests you wish to explore during your residency?
    • b. What are the processes/techniques you wish to use during your residency?
  1. Artist Statement (250 max,)
    • a. What are the general themes/ideas/interests that you explore in your practice beyond the scope of the residency? 
    • b. What are the overarching goal/s of your artistic practice and how do you work towards them?
  1. Are there any accessibility requirements that SMP should be made aware of? (approx. 100 word, optional)

Land Acknowledgement

The Bonavista Biennale gratefully acknowledges that the land on which we gather is Ktaqmkuk, traditional unceded Mi’kmaw territory, and we further acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this province.

About BB

The Bonavista Biennale is an innovative, rural-based, public art event occurring every two years on Newfoundland’s Bonavista Peninsula. It provides a unique platform for artists and audiences to explore, engage, challenge and express ideas on societal and cultural issues through contemporary visual art.

Works by Newfoundland and Labrador, Indigenous, other Canadian and international artists are installed at unconventional outdoor and indoor locations across the Peninsula, embedding contemporary art in the historic spaces and daily places of rural communities. Biennale visitors encounter a rich array of artworks, and the people, culture and powerful sense of place that comprise the Bonavista Peninsula.

This unmediated, immersive experience fosters greater understanding and appreciation of the ways in which art enhances our lives, what art can be, and what can be art.

Visiting Artist Program

Deadline End of August Yearly

Conditions of the residency

  • The one-month residency must be completed during the period of April 1st, 2021 to November 30, 2021
  • Two prints from each edition printed during the residency must be provided to St. Michael’s Printshop.
  • One of these prints will be retained in the Printshop’s Archives, the other is used for fundraising purposes.
  • During the residency, the artist will be asked to give a workshop for the membership of the Printshop.

Criteria used by juries

The Printshop Programming Committee is instructed to look for emerging as well as experienced artists. The jury has three large considerations when reviewing applications: artistic merit, feasibility, and assessing the benefit of the residency to the artist as well as the benefit to the St. John’s/NL community. While basic technical help is available from staff, artists must show competency in their chosen medium to be considered. Workshop proposals are important, but should not be too elaborate or take more than two evenings or one day from the residency.

While residencies in other arts facilities often ask the artist to demonstrate a geographic-based justification for their residencies, proposals for residencies at St. Michael’s Printshop do not need to be linked to Newfoundland, Labrador or St. John’s. We are more interested in that the artists have a clear plan that they can accomplish in one month.

Benefits

  • $1,000 Residency Fee for artists who reside in St. John’s, NL and surrounding area
  • $1,500 Residency Fee for artists who reside outside St. John’s, NL and surrounding area
  • 24-hour access to all facilities at the Printshop

St. Michael’s provides basic chemicals and solvents, newsprint, rags and black and white inks only. We do not provide coloured inks or personal consumables (sandpaper etc.). Please contact us for a full inventory of what is provided. A basic selection of papers, wiping fabrics and litho drawing materials are available for purchase at the printshop.

*International artists should note that materials may be considerably more expensive here, so it is recommended that materials be brought with you. These may include paper, and coloured printing inks. Because of our isolated location, ordering materials may take up to several weeks.*


2021 Submission Guidelines

The 2021 call for submissions closed on September 15th, 2020. These guidelines will likely be slightly updated by our Programming Committee when we begin accepting applications next year, but these can still be used to start a new application. We will put out next year’s call for submissions in late July/early August.

Each year St. Michael’s Printshop invites applications from international, national and provincial artists who wish to come and work at the Printshop for a one-month period. A total of six residencies are offered during the year between April – November.

In order to be considered for the Visiting Artist program, interested artists must submit the following:

The following support materials are part of the online application form, we recommend compiling and editing this information in a word processor and then copying and pasting into the form fields when you are ready to submit everything.

  • Artist Bio (150 words max)
  • Summary (75 words max) – please provide a clear and concise overview of your project
  •  A detailed project proposal (250 words max) that includes the following:
    • A project description explaining what you plan to make and the creative direction or goals you have for the project
    • Print medium(s) and materials you intend to work with
    • Significance to your creative practice/career – how this project will support your development as an artist
    • How you propose to engage with the SMP and NL arts communities
  •  Artist Statement (250 words max)
  • 1-2 workshop proposals (250 words max)
    • preferably beginner-friendly workshops
  • Artist’s CV (3 pages max) – an updated resume that confirms a professional arts practice. Please include contact information: email, phone number, address, province of residence
  • Image list (include title, medium, size, year made)
  • 12 Support images maximum
    • Image Submission Requirements:
    • Up to 12 support images maximum, each file formatted at 72dpi, 1mb each, jpeg format
    • please label your files numerically to correspond with your image list and use the following format: 00_Lastname_Title_year
  • For video support materials include a separate PDF with a video link
    • Clips can be no longer than 5 minutes max
    • specify the start/end times for the clip you’d like watched
    • Video links will count as one of your support images

To Submit

Completed application submitted via an official SMP Visiting Artist Program Google Form which is posted in the period when the call is initially advertised (usually in late July to late August or early September each year).

Notification

All submissions will be juried by the SMP programming committee and notifications will be sent out within 8 weeks of the deadline.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome.


Recent Visiting Artists

2019

Jordan Blackburn, Ontario
Katie Marie Bruce, Alberta
Joy Wong, Ontario
Pepa Chan, Newfoundland
Mitch Mitchell, Quebec

2018 

Anita Singh, Newfoundland
Eric Euler, Ontario
Michelle LaSalle, Quebec
Morgan Wedderspoon, Alberta
Angela Sneider, Alberta
Amery Sandford, Quebec
Emily Critch, Newfoundland

2017 

Jason Wells, Newfoundland
Andrew Testa, Newfoundland
Jennifer Scheuer, New York
Sonya Filman, Ontario
Laura Watson, New Brunswick
Mike Connolly (technical residency), Newfoundland

2016

Emma Nishimura, Ontario
Jill Ho-You, Alberta
Mark Bovey, Nova Scotia
Lisa Neighbour, Ontario
Kaylea Reeve, British Columbia
Alexa Hatanaka, Nunavut
Jeanette Johns, Quebec

2015

Kristen Bartel, United States
Amanda Damsma, Ontario
Virginia Mitford, the Yukon
Joe Fowler, Newfoundland
Steve Evans, Newfoundland

2014

April White, Newfoundland
Ebonnie Hollenbeck, Ontario
Kelsey Stephenson, United States
Stephanie De Couto Costa, Quebec
Catherine Farish, Quebec
Andrea Cooper, Newfoundland

2013
Audrey Hurd, Newfoundland
Ericka Walker, Nova Scotia
Robyn Anderson, Newfoundland
Anna McIntyre, Quebec
Jude Valentine, Maine

2012
Sarah Gordon, Ireland
Raluca Iancu, Quebec
Karen Cornelius, Manitoba
Jennifer Morgan, Newfoundland
Christine Koch, Newfoundland
Nathalie Vanderveken, Quebec

2011
Philippa Jones, Newfoundland
Sylvia Bendzsa, Newfoundland
Tara Bryan, Newfoundland
Margo Ray, Hawaii USA
Wendy Tokaryk, Alberta
Marie Andree Gilbert, Quebec

2010
Scott Goudie, Newfoundland
Jonathan Green, Newfoundland
Jesse Brennan, England
Daryl Vocat, Ontario
Abigail Rorer, Maine USA
Rodney Konapaki/Rhonda Neufeld, British Columbia

2009
Shane Dwyer, Newfoundland
Jacques Arseneault, New Brunswick
Laura Peturson, Ontario
Jack Botsford, Newfoundland
Veselina Tomova, Newfoundland
Nicky Neate, UK

2008
Michelle Bush, Newfoundland
Corrine Coleman, Newfoundland
Jerry Ropson, Quebec
Gemma Anderson- UK
Colin Lyons, Quebec
Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo, Quebec