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Local Artist Residency Call
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Regina Rosen Auditorium at Kingston Grand

Update (May 14, 2021): The application deadline for this program has now closed and over 20 applications have been received. The applications will be reviewed the week of May 17 by the Selection Committee comprised of professional artists presented through the Grand OnStage program. The program timelines as promoted may be adjusted in response to changing provincial and public health guidelines. We look forward to launching this program and to working with the selected artists to highlight and share their work through the Grand Theatre. Selected artists will be contacted by the end of May/early June.

The Grand Theatre Local Arts Residency is a pilot initiative that was developed in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the performing arts. The Residency, which takes place in the Grand Theatre’s Regina Rosen Auditorium is open to Kingston-based artists and collectives working in varying performing arts disciplines and provides participants space and support to explore new ideas, create, self-direct their research and time and nurture new directions in their work.

2021 Call for Applications

The City of Kingston is seeking applications for the 2021 Grand Theatre Local Arts Residency. Download the full call for applications here. 
Deadline to apply is Friday, April 23, 2021.

There will be four week-long residencies in 2021 on the following dates:

  • June 14-18, 2021 
  • June 21-25, 2021
  • August 9-13, 2021
  • September 13-17, 2021

The Residency will be offered in-person in the Regina Rosen Auditorium and will be managed in adherence with public health guidelines and safety reopening protocols established for the Grand Theatre.

Artists-in-residence will receive:

  • In-kind use of a professional workspace in the Regina Rosen Auditorium that will be made available for a duration of one week for performing artists (of varying disciplines) to engage in a self-directed creation process of their choosing.
  • Professional guidance from Cultural Services and Grand Theatre staff in Technical Production to aid in the development of the artist’s creative practice.
  • Promotional support or production elements necessary to digitally present, perform or provide a talk.
  • Funding support through an honourarium of $1,000 for artistic expenses.

All artists-in-residence will give one brief, digital public presentation, performance, workshop, or similar event that showcases the work-in-progress developed during their residency.

Applications will be evaluated by a Committee comprised of professional artists presented through the Grand OnStage program. Applications will be assessed based on Artistic Merit, Artistic Practice, Diversity and Community.

More information about the Grand Theatre and Regina Rosen Auditorium can be found here: https://www.kingstongrand.ca/about.

Jenny Pedler
Program Coordinator
Cultural Services, City of Kingston jpedler@cityofkingston.ca