Artscape is pleased to announce the inaugural winners of the Emerging Artist Residency Program, a new initiative to support the professional and creative development of artists as they launch their careers. From June to September 2014, five up-and-coming local artists will be awarded free studio and exhibition space at Artscape Youngplace, the vibrant new community cultural hub in West Queen West (180 Shaw Street). The Emerging Artist Residency Program was created to provide artists in the beginning stages of their careers with the opportunity to access high-quality downtown studio space and public exhibition space to create and present their work.
Artists Khydup Gyatso, Amber Williams-King and collaborators Erin Robinsong and Andréa de Keijzer were selected through a competitive application process that concluded in May 2014. Ting Fang was awarded a residency for her outstanding photographic work in the OCADU: Photography student exhibition hosted in the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries from May 5–12, 2014. The selection processes were administered and juried by Artscape staff in collaboration with Flex Studio Artist Advisory members and Karie Liao, Artscape Youngplace’s 2014 Resident Curator.
The Emerging Artist Residency Program will provide the selected artists and partnerships with six weeks of access to a premium workspace in the Flex Studios and a one-week exhibition in the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries plus administrative and promotional support, an approximate value of $2,000. The Emerging Artists in Residence will also benefit from working within a growing community of artists at Artscape Youngplace.