Vestiges: Artists in Abandoned Buildings

Vestiges: Artists in Abandoned Buildings

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Oct. 10, 2018
Deadline Mar. 20, 2017
Other, Residencies
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Vestiges: Artists in Abandoned Buildings

Vestiges is a residency for artists interested in architectural decay to explore abandoned buildings and to meet the people who work with them. The residency will facilitate daily excursions, lead by by urban explorers, historians, demolitions experts and salvagers.

Artist talk: We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.

Tour of McKenzie King’s collection of ruins guided by a historian in Gatineau Park.

Hike to the Willson Carbide ruins in Gatineau Park.

Learn about the significance of Victoria Island from an aboriginal interpreter and see it's many abandoned factory buildings.

Learn about the newly restricted abandoned Prince of Wales train bridge and the history of Ottawa graffiti.

Learn about the lost Chelsea River Villages and the retired train tracks.

Visit a demolition site.

Visit the studio of of a local boat builder to learn of his practice of using reclaimed barn board.

Visit the ruins of farm houses, junk yards, factories, medical buildings and grave yards with the guidance of seasoned urbex and rural adventurers.


Duration of residency
The residency will take place over a week in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada in the autumn of 2018.

Disciplines supported and technical information
All disciplines are supported. No urbex experience or history background necessary.

Residents will be picked up in Ottawa and driven to the Ayatana residency house, where they will have a bed and bedding and will be driven to all activities. Meals will be provided.

Studio/ workspace
Indoor and outdoor workspace is available

Residency fee is $1200 USD

Expectations towards the artist
Residents are not expected to produce work during the program. Residents are expected to give a 20 minute artist talk to the group.

Application information
Application instructions are on the program website

Selection process
Residency places are limited to 6 artists. Selected applicants will be notified shortly after the application deadline.


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