2020-2021 Call for applications | Est-Nord-Est, résidence d’artistes | Residencies for artists
Mixed Media
January 9, 2020
Application Fee
Not Available
Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Canada

Est-Nord-Est (ENE) is an artist-run centre whose mission is to provide an international community of artists and authors in contemporary art with support by offering space and time for research and experimentation, as well as privileged access to local resources and knowhow.

The centre is situated in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, a village on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, in a unique geographic and historical locale. The predominant aspects of the landscapes are farms, forests, and the river. Saint-Jean-Port-Joli is situated 115 km from Quebec City and 350 km from Montreal. 

Originally based on the idea of encounters between sculptors with contemporary practices and those using regional traditional skills, ENE now welcomes contemporary visual-arts artists from all disciplines. The residencies at ENE are intended for professional artists, both established and emerging, from all over the world. They offer artists and authors an opportunity to explore their research more deeply, to experiment, and to create in a cultural space that is unique, lively, and stimulating. ENE is a member of Res Artis, Pépinières européennes de création and of the Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec.

The eight-week residency periods, which bring together four artists and one author in the field of contemporary art, are offered in spring, summer, fall, and, in 2020 for the first time, winter. In summer 2019, Est-Nord-Est moved into its new building created and designed specifically for artist and author residencies. The centre’s expertise in hosting residencies oriented the choices made when its premises were built. This new architectural concept places exchanges, friendly relations, and technical and logistical assistance at the heart of the experience offered to residents. Through these choices, the centre once again reaffirms its innovative position with regard to art residencies. 


Duration of the residency


8 weeks


Residency periods


Spring: April 20 to June 12, 2020

Summer: July 6 to August 28, 2020

Fall: September 14 to November 6, 2020

Winter: February 1 to March 26, 2021 




The eight-week residency includes:

Residency honorarium of CAD $1,530 Access to an individual studio-workshop to be used for work and lodging Access to specialized equipment (wood, metal, ceramics) Access to a documentation centre (books, magazines) Access to local resources  Technical and logistical support Access to a bicycle in summer/ local transportation organized by ENE in winter


* Materials, travel fees and other living charges are at the residents' expense. 


ENE offers artists:

Time and a place to devote themselves to research and experimentation Privileged access to local resources and diverse areas of knowhow An international art community 


Expectations towards the artists:

To make full use of the residency period offered for his/her research

To be present during the entire residency period 

To present his/her approach and research interests at the beginning of the residency at a public event organized by ENE

To present his/her research and experiments carried out during the residency at a public event organized by ENE at the end of the residency period

To propose a workshop for a youth or community organization in the region (an additional fee of $100 is offered to artists whose workshop proposal is selected) (optional) 


Artists are selected according to the following criteria:

The artistic quality of the proposal

The potential impact of the residency on the artist’s career 

A constructive mix of art practices

A mix of genders and generations 

Representation by residents from Quebec, Canada, and around the world 


A jury of peers evaluates the applications. For each residency, ENE selects artists and authors whose practices are complementary in nature or in dialogue with each other and comply with its mandate. 


Submit an application – Deadline: January 10, 2020



Your application must include: 

The completed registration form

A curriculum vitae (maximum two pages, PDF format)

An artist’s statement (maximum one page, PDF format)

A text presenting your research, experimentation, or production intentions, including any specific needs in terms of technical resources, if applicable (maximum one page, PDF format)

A portfolio of 10 to 15 images (JPG format) accompanied by a description list of the images

For videos, provide a link (Vimeo, YouTube), accompanied by the password, if applicable. Make sure that the videos will be accessible until April 1, 2020.