ARTIST RESIDENCY AT THE COTTON FACTORY
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ARTIST RESIDENCY DECEMBER 2019 - FEBRUARY 2020
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:
NOVEMBER 15, 2019
The Hamilton Arts Council is pleased to announce their latest call for submissions from local visual artists to participate in their popular Cotton Factory Artist in Residence Program taking place from
December 1, 2019 - February 29, 2020.
The HAMILTON ARTS COUNCIL offers a RESIDENCY PROGRAM sponsored by The Cotton Factory for two emerging artists to share a studio space for 3-months. This unique experience provides artists with the opportunity to experiment, develop new ideas and explore new creative skills. Participating artists are asked to deliver an artist talk at an open house during the final week of their residency to share their insights and discoveries as well as the artwork produced during their journey.
The studio is located on the second floor of the Storehouse Building at the Cotton Factory (270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton)
The Cotton Factory is a creative community in the heart of lower Hamilton. This former industrial building from 1900 is a prime example of adaptive reuse. It has been transformed from a cotton mill into a creative industries complex, with space for workshops, galleries, office space for creative professionals and studios for artists. The Cotton Factory continues to demonstrate, ongoing commitment to fostering emerging artist practices as well as their continued contribution to Hamilton’s flourishing contemporary art community.
Please provide the following information:
Letter of intent/ project proposal (500 words max)
Short Biography (100 words max)
Artist Statement (350 words max)
CV/Artistic Resume (3 pages max)
10 images (max) in JPEG format and/or links to YouTube or Vimeo files
Results will be communicated shortly after the deadline. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only the successful applicant will be notified.
*Please include "Cotton Factory Residency Application" in the subject line of your email.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS: NOVEMBER 15, 2019
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be a resident of Hamilton, and a member of the Hamilton Arts Council in order to be considered for this opportunity.
DEC 2019 – FEB 2020 ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE
JACOB FORREST & ANGELA SHAW
The Hamilton Arts Council is pleased to announce artists Jacob Forrest and Angela Shaw as the recipients of the Hamilton Arts Council’s newest Cotton Factory Artist in Residence Program taking place from Dec 2019 to Feb 2020.
JACOB FORREST is a 25-year-old illustrator based in Hamilton, Ontario. He went to Mohawk College for 3D Animation and Graphic Design, where his passion for traditional art was realized. After graduating, he became a freelance illustrator using markers to capture his love of pop culture.
ANGELA SHAW is Hamilton-born and raised. In high school she began experimenting with alcohol and it ruined the years of her youth. From this point on, Angela led a life close to twenty years of pain and turmoil. Through a friend, she discovered a spiritual twelve-step program. In the first few months of sobriety, Angela found her gift of visual art. Ever since she has been using this gift as a means to speak to the world.
Angela’s art has appeared in many establishments around the city of including The Hearty Hooligan, Stonewalls and most recently at The Art Gallery of Hamilton. When not working on her own expressions and raising her daughter Emilly, her spare time is spent making art and engaging with patients at St. Joes psychiatric hospital. Angela also holds an award from the Paul Hansell Foundation Achievement Award for her continuous growth as an artist in recovery.
JUNE – SEPT 2019 ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE
AILISH CORBETT & CAROLINA GAMA
CAROLINA GAMA was born in Brazil in 1979 and has made Canada her permanent home. She uses collage, textile, and video as media for her confessional and feminist art. Since acquiring a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts in 2005, Carolina has shown her work in Guatemala, Kenya, Brazil, and Belgium while also working in film as a graphic designer, editor, and director. After battling breast cancer in 2014, Carolina moved to Canada with the purpose of living in an intentional community and has focused on using art as a healing too to express her experiences through diverse media.
AILISH CORBETT has a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Bachelor of Music from McMaster University. As a multi-disciplinary artist, Ailish enjoys using a wide variety of media to create her visual art. From paint to recycled plastic and textiles, she is never afraid to experiment with new media. Ailish has always had a fascination with collage, even in painted works. Her love of collage is closely tied to her musical background, as all music is created from combining simple units of pitch and rhythm. Because of this, Ailish enjoys creating visual work that is made of many small parts and layers that culminate in a harmonious whole.
MARCH 2019 – JUNE 2019 RESIDENCY RECIPIENTS
KAREN LOGAN & ANITA THOMAS
Karen Logan was born and raised in Hamilton and has been interested in art her whole life. Taking private drawing lessons as a child with Juanita LeBarre Symington, specializing in art studies throughout high school and receiving three honours certificates in fine arts from Mohawk College has helped keep art a central component of her life. As a lifelong learner, Karen is always looking for new techniques and enjoys the opportunity to try all forms of media. She has worked in pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel, watercolour, encaustic, acrylic and Chinese Brush Painting as well as ceramics and silversmithing and stained glass. Originally a mechanical draftsperson and technical illustrator, Karen now works part-time for two not-for-profit industrial environmental organizations. Karen believes that we learn from each other and that it is important to give back to the arts community. She currently is the Vice President and Exhibit Coordinator for the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators (SONSI), the Book Keeper for The Botanical Artists of Canada (BAC) and the Treasurer of the Women’s Art Association of Hamilton (WAAH).
Anita Thomas is an artist and a photographer known for her aerial, aviation, and landscape photography. She flies frequently with her private pilot husband, capturing her aerial photography from a Cessna 172. Being around planes, and with a life-long love of motorcycles, her fascination with, and passion for, machine, speed and performance come together in a mergence with her passion for art. Thomas’ approach with fine art photography is deeply influenced by her artistic background. She is often inspired by what she has captured in her photography to reinterpret through acrylics, pen and ink, watercolours, and encaustics (layers of fused molten, pigmented beeswax and damar resin). Her award-winning photography is sold through speciality stores in the city of Hamilton as well as online. She has participated in many juried group and solo exhibitions, arts festivals, and fundraising events including at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Dundas Valley School of Art, DVSA Gallery, McMaster Innovation Park's Art in the Workplace, HPL galleries, the Fieldcote Museum and the Louvre in Paris, France. Her work hangs in private collections and in professional offices throughout Canada, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom.
DEC 2018 – FEB 2019 RESIDENCY RECIPIENTS
NICK LA ROCCA & KEIRA MCARTHUR
The Hamilton Arts Council is pleased to announce artists Nick La Rocca and Keira McArthur as the recipients of the Hamilton Arts Council’s newest Cotton Factory Artist in Residence Program taking place from December 2018 to February 2019.
We are also excited to also announce a new partnership with the Women’s Art Association who have generously donated a $250 bursary, in support of their mandate and mission statement, Working to Advance Women in Art. The bursary will be awarded to Keira McArthur to be put towards materials.
Nick La Rocca is an award-winning artist and illustrator from Hamilton interested in sequential, conceptual, and experimental art. He graduated from Sheridan College and now works as a fine artist and freelance illustrator. Nick has had solo and group exhibitions in Hamilton, Oakville, Mississauga, and Toronto. Living his entire life in Hamilton, Nick enjoys encoding Hamilton subject matter and mythology into his work.
Keira McArthur is a visual artist and performer whose exhibitions include interactive performance art, live music, and a synthesized re-interpretation of the whole process in book form. She has been in solo and group exhibitions across Ontario and been trained at such institutions as Wilfrid Laurier University, OAC/Royal Conservatory, Sheridan College, York University, and the Mary Schneider School of Fine Arts.
JULY – SEPTEMBER 2018 RESIDENCY RECIPIENTS
KRISTOFIR DEAN AND DANIELLE ROBERTS
Open House + Artist Talk: September 20th, 2018 7 PM - 9 PM at The Cotton Factory
The Hamilton Arts Council is pleased to announce artists Kristofir Dean and Danielle Roberts as the recipients of the Hamilton Arts Council’s, Cotton Factory Artist in Residence Program taking place from July to September 2018.
Kristofir Dean is a painter based in Hamilton and holds a BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). His paintings create optical effects using light and shadow, perspective, and inventive panel shapes that make viewers question their sense of the works' dimensionality. He has shown his work internationally in galleries in Australia, Hong Kong, and the United States and is represented by several galleries across Canada. Kristofir's art activates a conversation about the quality and value of saturated colours to captivate and lift the energy of a space and the people who inhabit it.
Danielle Roberts holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She is a visual artist whose practice is primarily painting based. A recent arrival to Hamilton from British Columbia, she is intrigued about painting public spaces as they are at night and by the unique impact of urban landscapes like fast food drive-thrus, churches, movie theatre interiors, and bowling alley interiors. Her experience and memories of these places inform her interest in the social dynamics of space, objectivity, and how humans socially engage with fabricated environments. She is also a co-founder of the MOPE artist collective in Vancouver BC along with Leah McInnis and Kai Choufour.
OCT 15 - NOV 10, 2018, VISITING RESIDENCY RECIPIENT
Peeter Laurits is an extremely gifted multi-media artist. His main means of expression are photography and digital manipulations. Early in his career, Peeter began to critically examine mass media and commercialism following Estonia’s emergence from the Soviet dictatorship. Soon afterwards, he began to explore the ecology of human life as just one of many equal components in the global ecosystem. Peeter moved his practice to the forest where he combines the values of a natural and sustainable existence with state-of-the-art technology. This is reflected in both his lifestyle and his work. Peeter’s current focus examines a world where humans are not at the centre of existence but instead are part of a larger community of conscious creatures. His work has been exhibited in many public and private collections and several of his large-scale pieces have been installed in public spaces. With the re-establishment of Independence in 1991, the Baltics escaped the old Soviet restrictions. With this new freedom of expression, came a political and social upheaval that has allowed the arts to flourish. Estonia’s thriving arts scene has resulted in a blossoming of museums, galleries and arts hubs to showcase the resulting cultural outpouring. Peeter Laurits will give a series of artist talks across Ontario about his career as well as the vibrant Estonian art scene.