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LSPP Artist in Residence Program
 
Program Overview

The LSPP Artist in Residence Program is open to all visual artists, whose work relates to the natural environment. In 2023, the third year of our program, the Friends will offer support to one artist working in any medium.

To encourage a diverse group of applicants, we aim to make the residency as barrier-free as possible by providing an honorarium to cover expenses, free camping, allowing artists to bring their families, and defining artist in a broad and inclusive way. 

Program Details
  • Please include in your application:

    • One-page statement of intent for residency (including details of your public programs)

    • Sample of artistic work (submit as appropriate)

  • One-week duration (during regular Park operating season)

  • The Friends to cover the costs of park fees for one-week for the artist and a companion. Accommodation options include either campgrounds (Rabbit Blanket and/or Agawa Bay) or backcountry camping (with potential for a canoe rental to be included). 

  • LSPP may feature the artists’ work at the Visitor Centre or Park Office. LSPP staff may provide logistical support for presentation, exhibits or lectures during the artist’s stay.

  • Artists are to provide their own working materials, as well as camping supplies, food, bedding and utensils.

  • Applications are due by March 31, 2023 via email.  The AiR subcommittee will develop a short list of artists; and a volunteer jury will select the winners.  The winners (and only the winners) will be notified by mid-April. 

  • While staying in the park, all rules and regulations apply. Restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic must be adhered to and may affect the program.  LSPP staff will provide an orientation to the park, regulations and facilities available during the residency provided that sufficient notice is given in advance.

 
Selection Process

The Friends of LSP, in cooperation with LSPP staff and a volunteer jury of artists and curators (including past artists-in-residence), will determine the successful applicant each spring. The selection criteria for artists will include artistic merit, use of the park’s cultural and natural features as a means to further work, and plans for public outreach. 

The Artist’s Contribution to LSPP
  • During their residency, the artist will be expected to provide:

    • Two programs for park visitors (for example a public lecture, workshop, performance, or demonstration).  The artist may present the same program twice.  Support will be provided by park staff.

    • An original piece of work representative of their artistic medium based upon their residency in LSPP. This artwork may be used in exhibits and for educational and promotional purposes by the park or the Friends of LSP.

Benefits to the Artist
  • A week of camping at Lake Superior Provincial Park to focus on your artistic practise and develop new work (free camping fees).

  • An honorarium of $1500 intended to offer support to the artist to cover travel, meals and supplies

  • Marketing and promotion of artists’ works in brochures, tabloids, Park and Friends websites and on rotating display at the Visitor Centre. 

  • The artist retains a royalty-free, non-exclusive use license under copyright. The Park owns the donated artwork and the rights to reproduce

In 2022 the LSPP Artist in Residence (AiR) Program supported two artists.  Zahra Ebrahim and Paige Lipsky.  Paige was supported by the Jan Bell Photography Grant.

 

Read about the 2021 Artist in Residence, Marta Stares', experience in the piece she wrote for Ontario Parks' blog. You can also check out the talk she gave and the video she created on our events page.

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