Emerging local artists offered space to grow with inaugural Tett Artist Residency

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Local artists can soon apply for the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning (TCCL)’s inaugural Artist Residency Program, Tett Artist Residency. The program will accommodate four artists consecutively, offering exclusive studio access to one artist at a time.

The Tett Artist Residency is open to emerging artists across various disciplines, including visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, photography, time-based media, curation, digital art, and more. The program offers an awarded three-month studio space for emerging artists in Katarokwi/Kingston and the surrounding area, providing an opportunity for creative incubation at the thriving and multifaceted community arts centre, according to a release from the TCCL.

“We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Tett Artist Residency program,” said Brianne Franklin, TCCL Director. “This program is an exciting next step for our organization, creating accessible options for artists to build their arts practice and engage with the community. Our goal is to offer a supportive and dynamic space for emerging artists to grow and create in our lively community arts hub.”

Located inside the Tett’s Creativity Studios, studio 214B will serve as the venue for quarterly residencies. The TCCL said it is seeking applications for a production-based residency, where participating artists will have dedicated time and space to develop or complete a project or body of work during the residency period. In addition, the artists are expected to engage with the community by participating in six hours of community engagement activities. According to the release, these activities can encompass a range of options, including performances, artist talks, workshops, or other initiatives proposed by the artists themselves. Lastly, the Artists-in-Residence will have the opportunity to present their artistic achievements in an annual residency showcase, held in collaboration with the TCCL.

“The Tett Residency program aims to invigorate the Tett Centre as a creative hub, foster community connections, and support the growth of emerging artists,” the TCCL said. “As a production-based residency, it offers creative incubation, professional development opportunities, and dedicated time and space for emerging artists to develop or complete their projects.”

Applications for the Tett Residency will open on Monday, Aug. 14, 2023. Interested artists are encouraged to visit the TCCL website for more details and submission guidelines when the application opens. The application deadline is September 22, and successful applicants will be notified by November 1.

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