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The residency

The PHI Montréal Residency, in collaboration with the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), invites one artist from Montréal and one artist from Québec residing outside Montréal to collaborate with the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art on public engagement projects.

The results of this residency can come in various forms, such as concise exhibitions, discussions, performances, or workshops. Focused on public engagement, this program highlights ongoing conversations and collaboration among communities, artists and cultural organisations.

Call for applications

The call for applications is now closed. Thank you to all the artists who submitted their projects.

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PHI Montréal 2024-2025

Residency location: Montréal, Québec, Canada
PHI Montréal residency period: January to June, 2025
Presentation of the project at the end of residency: June 2025

Program overview

The residency fee aligns with current CARFAC-RAAV scales, reflecting compensation for the hours of work distributed across the three stages of the residency.

Research and ideation (1 month)
In the first month, the artist dives into the PHI Foundation environment, connecting with its team, exploring resources, and identifying key partners. They define the scope and goals of the project, shaping a vision that aligns with their artistic intent and resonates with the communities involved.

Workshop and implementation with communities (2 months)
During this phase, the artist actively engages the community as co-creators of the project. They lead workshops, refine the project through testing, collaborate with PHI Foundation members, and directly involve the communities in executing the planned project.

Preparation and presentation of the project (2 months)
As the residency nears its end, the artist prepares and showcases the tangible results of the collective effort. They strategically present these outcomes, whether through talks, workshops, performances, or multimedia showcases, in collaboration with the curator. This presentation aims not only to convey the artistic journey but also to highlight the practical outcomes and lasting impacts of the project on the partnering communities and beyond.

What artists are saying

“[...] a slow residency that gives a lot of time to explore ideas, to research, to follow many different paths of inspiration and really figure out what works.”

Pavitra Wickramasinghe, PHI Montréal 2023-2024

“I feel like I wear several hats that come together: the hat of creation-production, the hat of research, and the hat of the cultural worker. Within the residency, I really feel like I'm using many of my hats, which I find truly interesting."

Amélie Brisson-Darveau, PHI Montréal 2023-2024

Program details

Selected applications will receive:

  • Support for project development: Tailored mentorship offered during the residency, encompassing guidance in curation, technical aspects, production, and installation, provided by PHI.
  • Public exhibition: The final project will be publicly exhibited at PHI.
  • Artist’s fee: A $12,000 grant provided by CALQ to cover the work carried out by the artist throughout the residency program.
  • Accommodation (for the non-Montréal resident only): The selected artist residing outside Montréal will receive accommodation in the Montréal area during the residency, generously provided by CALQ.
  • Production expenses coverage: An amount of $5,000 is offered by PHI to cover project production expenses.
  • Exhibition and presentation rights fee: Determined based on the project, this fee covers the presentation of the final project and is offered by PHI.
  • Reimbursement for project costs: Reasonable expenses for transport, insurance, and installation related to the final project presentation will be reimbursed, if applicable.
  • Video profile production: Creation of a video profile to be broadcast across PHI networks (social media, website, etc.).
  • Network access: Leveraging PHI's extensive network of collaborators.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Adhere to the eligibility criteria regarding the artist’s artistic discipline, professional status, and the specific legal status required by CALQ.
  • Have a public engagement artistic project and wish to carry it out as part of the residency.

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Frequently asked questions

We encourage you to consult the Frequently Asked Questions provided by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), offering answers to the most common inquiries about grant programs.

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The PHI Montréal residency program is carried out in partnership with the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

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