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Printermedia Residency Program – Metal Arts

Presented by Malaspina Printmakers Society with the support of the Vancouver Metal Arts Association

Deadline: October 22, 2022 (11:59PM Pacific Time)

Residency dates: November 1, 2022, to April 30, 2023 (six months)
Features: 24/7 access to shared studios with fully equipped printmaking, dark room, design suite and woodshop; access to new metal shop on location in suitably zoned downtown Vancouver art studio; skill sharing, exhibiting, sales and demonstration opportunities.
Residency fees: $250/month
Location: 1265 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada


How to apply

Answer the questions in the application form.

Applicants may complete the application form in bullet or point form, in paragraph form, or a combination of both.

Submit your CV and submit up to 10 samples of your artwork in the form of up to 10 jpg/pdf files. You can upload these files in the application form.

The jury will also accommodate applicants who prefer to complete their application through the following alternate methods:

Fill out their answers with the assistance of a volunteer transcriber from VMAA
Sit for either a 30-minute phone or Zoom interview
Sub an MP3 or voice memo with their answers

To enquire about these accommodations, applicants may call +1 (604) 868-1990, or email [email protected] and [email protected] with the subject line [Query] Printermedia Application Form (Firstname Surname).

Link to the application form


About the Residency

This new metal art component of Malaspina Printmakers Society’s existing Printermedia Residency Program provides a rare opportunity for artists to explore the intersection of metal art and print media within a self-directed and shared studio environment. This first cohort will also have the landmark opportunity to collectively envision and learn from a supportive community on how to build and equip a metal arts studio. Malaspina is accepting submissions from metal and jewellery artists who are in need of equipment and facilities to support the evolution of their art practice in this direction.

The Vancouver Metal Arts Association (VMAA) will be jurying the selection of the artists, providing support and guidance in sourcing equipment, and helping to set up the new metal shop. VMAA will also be studying the impact of the program as part of a feasibility project to explore the means and manner of building Metro Vancouver as a metal arts hub – one that can support inclusion, growth, sustainability and vibrancy of the jewellery arts community in Vancouver and British Columbia.

This Printermedia Residency will be located at the Howe Street Studios, in the city of Vancouver, on the traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.


Access to Space

Residents will have 24/7 access to over 2,000 square feet of fully equipped shared studio space consisting of printing presses, a dark room, large format archival inkjet pigment printer (44in wide), an iMac with Adobe Photoshop CC, a wood shop, and individual secured flat-file and cupboard storage. An additional 400 square feet of studio space is in the process of being developed into a space dedicated to metal and jewellery arts production.

This class B art studio also features a barrier-free washroom with a shower, street-level automated door entry, freight elevator, alley-level loading bay with short term parking, oversize rollup studio doors, subfloor heating, air conditioning, 16ft ceilings, and a shared oversize 40ft x 4ft workbench.

Participants will have the opportunity to bring their own metal work equipment or request specific equipment from Malaspina Printmakers and VMAA during the selection process.

Access to showcase and sales opportunities. Each resident will also have the opportunity to present their work at Malaspina’s gallery on Granville Island, consign their work within an omnichannel retail/e-commerce sales platform, and participate in intermedia skills-sharing opportunities, ranging from private intra-studio one-on-ones or hosting and teaching public-facing workshops, classes, and/or demonstrations out of the space.

Close involvement in developing metal arts space in Vancouver. Over the course of the six-month residency, participants will be asked to join the VMAA and Malaspina community in activities that assist in developing the new metal arts space at Howe Street Studios. This could be in the form of installing, transporting, assembling, or otherwise aiding in the buildout of the space.

This program may be extended. There may be additional opportunities to participate in other programs throughout and/or after the duration of this residency.


Other Eligibility and/or Conditions

This program is open to all applicants with a metal or jewellery arts dimension to their art practice, such as beading, welding, metal sculpture, stone setting, engraving, casting, fabrication, chasing and repoussage, patina or enamelling.

Artists are encouraged to contribute to envisioning how the space could evolve in subsequent years, and highlight any needs they would require. VMAA intends to approach resident artists for interviews about their experiences, both with the residency and more broadly with their needs as metal artists in Vancouver. Artists may defer or refuse interviews.

We encourage applications from groups underrepresented or historically marginalized groups, such as locally based First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples, Black, Indigenous and other persons of colour, those who identify as LGBTQ2SIA+, disabled artists, youth, and elders.

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing any accommodations for any part of the application process may contact [email protected] in confidence.