Contextural A Fibre Arts Cooperative is currently accepting applications to be part of this dynamic and vital part of Calgary’s cultural scene as participants in a self-directed summer residency and end of residency exhibition. Residency participants will have the option to work with the group to develop a community of fibre artists through workshops, critique sessions and exhibitions throughout the year.

We are seeking individuals who:

  • Are interested in working within a co-operative studio setting
  • Will be actively involved in, and contribute to, our community
  • Seek access to affordable studio space and specialized equipment
  • Are interested in sharing their knowledge and skills through teaching and collaboration
  • Appreciate and practice the diversity of textile arts and craft
  • Embrace an environmental approach to studio production
  • Are ready to commit a fee of $250 for a three-month, or $150 for one-month summer studio rental and access to equipment
  • Will contribute to the end of summer residency exhibition.

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Residency Dates

One-month residencies are May 29 – July 3 (with mandatory attendance for orientation & move-in Sunday, May 29 at 1:00pm) and July 24 – August 28 (with mandatory attendance for orientation & move-in on Sunday, July 24 at 1:00pm).
Three-month residency is May 29 – August 28 with mandatory attendance for orientation/move-in Sunday, May 29 at 1:00pm.
How To Apply

Applicants should send a complete application to: with the subject “2016 Summer Residency Application – NAME”. See “Application Requirements” below for details on what to include in your application. Current Contextural members are only required to submit a Statement of Intent unless you would like to be considered for the scholarship. See “Scholarship” below for details.
Assessment Process
The review and assessment process will be based on the quality and completeness of the application.
Deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 27th @ midnight. If accepted, residency fees are due with the acceptance form and supply order form by May 1st.
Contextural offers the Contextural Summer Residency Scholarship to individuals applying for the three-month residency. The scholarship includes studio fees for the three-month summer residency ($250 value) and $250 for supplies. The scholarship will be awarded based on the quality and completeness of the application. In your “Statement of Intent”, please include one or two sentences indicating your interest in applying for the scholarship and how you would use the scholarship fund for supplies and materials.
**Please note: If you are a current Contextural Member and would like to be considered for the Contextural Residency Scholarship, you must submit a complete application, along with a note indicating that you would like to be considered for the scholarship**
Notification of Results
Applicants will be notified of the results of the applications via email by the end of April 2016.
Contact Information
For questions regarding the Contextural Summer Residency, please direct them to Julie Baratta at
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