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This year-long residency program offers one artist or collective from the greater Montréal area the opportunity to collaborate with the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art for the conception and presentation of a public engagement project. The outcomes of this residency can take on a multiplicity of forms, including (but not limited to) talks, performances, a compact exhibition or creative workshops.

The PHI Montréal Residency grounds itself in the emerging field of public engagement, an approach founded on sustained dialogue and collaboration between artists, cultural institutions and communities in the ideation, development and presentation of artworks. Collaborators who take part in these projects can come from a variety of lived experiences, ranging from families and youth to groups affiliated with schools or community organizations.

Applications from artists of all disciplines and backgrounds, including those who wish to gain professional experience in collaborative work methods or socially grounded practices, are strongly encouraged.

The Residency

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Deadline to apply
August 14, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Residency PHI Montréal program
→ Call for proposals: June 7, 2022 to August 14, 2022
→ Q&A online session (45 minutes) via Zoom: June 20, 2022 at 4 pm
→ Public announcement of the selected project: September 2022
→ Residency: October 10, 2022 to July 14, 2023

For more information, please contact [email protected]

Registration is
now closed

Program Details

PHI Montréal: an annual public engagement residency

At PHI, we value the role of art and culture in our everyday lives. The purpose of PHI Montréal is to nurture a relationship between artists and publics by inviting them to investigate the pressing issues of our time through projects that, although they take on a multiplicity of forms, all highlight a collaborative approach to creation. This residency explores art making and presentation through the concept of the ecosystem, a community-building network that relies on interaction and interconnectivity for its health and well-being.

Selected project will receive:

  • An artist stipend of around $12,000 CAD;
  • A fee for the rights of exhibition and presentation will be given and determined according to the final project;
  • Up to $5,000 CAD for production expenses;
  • Personalized support from the PHI Team over the course of the residency period:
    • curatorial support;
    • technical support;
    • production support;
  • Access to the following PHI VDO facilities: PHI’s sound and video recording and editing studios with PHI staff; access to PHI offices and administrative spaces;
  • Promotional support of the final presentation across PHI networks;
  • Public exhibition of the final project at PHI, including installation support;
  • Access to PHI’s vast network of collaborators;
  • Production of a short video profile for promotional purposes;
  • Cost of transport, insurance, and installation of the final project during its presentation, if applicable.

Residency Structure:

*The use of the singular is intended to lighten the text, but the same rules apply to projects submitted by collectives.

> 2 months

At this step, the artist is invited to get familiar with the PHI Foundation, its team, its resources and the various communities it engages with. This phase also serves as a research period, where the artist can focus the scope and objectives of the proposed project. The selected artist will work closely with the Adjunct Curator - Engagement at the PHI Foundation, who will offer guidance throughout the development of the project.

> 4 months

After the initial research and ideation, the artist is invited to workshop, test and develop the project during this phase. The artist will be able to meet key members of PHI Studio and PHI Foundation who could provide their technical expertise to the implementation of the project. The artist will then carry out the planned project with communities with whom the project is engaged.

> 1 to 1.5 month(s)

At the end of the residency, the artist will be invited to prepare and present the results of the workshop and implementation phase to the public, in a format that suits the nature of the project: public talk, colloquium, art workshop, performance, presentation of documentation from the process in various formats, sound piece or podcast, video, mini-exhibition, micro-publication…


Submit your application by August 14, 2022 before 11:59 pm by completing the Application Form. Applicants will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Artist biography;

  • Contact information;

  • Description of proposed project (max. 500 words);

  • Production plan for the proposed project, including:
    •  a detailed calendar listing key moments for each stage of the project;
    •  a detailed budget outlining creation, production, and other expenses;
    •  a list of relevant suppliers and/or vendors;
  • Documentation of previous work (up to 5 documents maximum; web links to existing images, video, or other documentation are accepted).

Applications can be completed in French or English. Incomplete applications or applications that do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be considered.

An acknowledgement message will appear once the registration form has been completed. The selected artist will be contacted in September 2022.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Montréal-based artists with a professional practice (including emerging artists) are invited to apply;

  • Artists working in all disciplines are eligible, including, but not limited to: visual arts, digital and new media arts, performance art, dance, sound art and music, photography and film;

  • Groups and collectives of artists are eligible, the conditions offered remain the same.

Selection Process

The selection will be undertaken by a committee composed of PHI staff and invited external professionals who reflect a diverse set of expertise and perspectives and lived experiences.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the project and impact on the career of the selected artist (30%).

  • Conceptual and formal rigor of the proposed art project and its resonance with the concept of public engagement, including how it details co-creation processes and collective methodologies (35%);

  • Feasibility within the given timeframe as well as the technical and budgetary practicalities of the proposed project (35%).

PHI is committed to equity in all its forms.

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Do you have any questions? Check out the following FAQ. For more information, please contact [email protected].

*The use of the singular is intended to lighten the text, but the same rules apply to projects submitted by collectives.

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