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Call for Submissions | Printermedia Artists Residency | Downtown Vancouver

Call for Submissions | Printermedia Artists Residency | Downtown Vancouver

Printermedia Artist Residency Program - Call for applications

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Program length: six months with opportunity to renew | Program location: 1265 Howe Street (Downtown Studio) | Program optional additional location: 1555 Duranleau Street (Island Studio) | Program fee: ~$250 per month | Additional optional fee: $50 per month for access to Island Studio | Studio hours: 24/7


Residency Description

Loosely inspired by the artist-run centre Intermedia, the Printermedia Residency Program is an extension of Malaspina’s Research Residency Program, which has been running at our Granville Island Studio for ten plus years. This pilot program is intended to explore the intersection of print media with other media.

Each participant will have the opportunity to practice an art form of their choosing while also having the option to access Malaspina’s print studio on Granville Island for an additional $50 per month. The fees for the program are calculated on a cost-recovery model. Residents will be required to become a lifetime member of Malaspina Printmakers Society for $5. Intersecting media could include:

dance, moving or still photography, on-site film processing, paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewellery, pottery, printmaking, fibreglass, epoxy, welding, woodworking, fired ceramics, or other possible media upon approval.

Residents have access to six ~350 square foot communal ventilated studios (one sound proof and another kiln compatible), kitchen, underground bike storage, shower, and industrial sinks. Of these six ventilated studios, one has been converted to a working dark room, one to a wood-shop, and another to a metal shop and jewellery studio. Available equipment includes a large format epson printer, adobe photoshop, a large format screen printing parapress and screens, two exposure units and a washout booth, a chopsaw, drill press, table saw, and other woodworking equipment, an etching press, an anvil, enamelling kiln, and other metal working equipment. Residents have the opportunity to bring in equipment or request specific equipment that is essential to their practice from Malaspina Printmakers.

Once selected, the residents will meet to work with Malaspina staff and current residents to begin planning the specific use of the space to meet the individual needs and project proposals of each resident.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Apply online at Residents will be selected and notified within two weeks of applying. They will have an additional two weeks to confirm their involvement in the program and may begin their residency on the first of the following month, at which point the first monthly fee will be due. We encourage applications from everyone, especially visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to the diversity of the program.

This is a unique opportunity for artists to explore their practice within a communal research residency context. We would like to thank the City of Vancouver for their support of this program.


Equipment and facilities available:  

Printmaking facilities: Two etching and relief presses, screen printing platforms.
Darkroom facilities: Large format exposure unit and washout booth, flip-top plate maker, and enlarger.
Digital printing facilities: large format inkjet printer (44in wide rolls), adobe photoshop
Metal and jewelry shop facilities: Flex shaft, bench shear, enameling kiln, anvil, grinders, and other hand tools
Wood shop facilities: dust collector, table saw, miter saw, band saw, scroll saw, router, planer, dovetail jig, planer, router, and other cordless equipment.

Individual secured storage, including flat files and work tables. 

Other opportunities include: exhibition and sales opportunities at Granville Island Gallery, skill sharing, events, workshops, classes, and teaching opportunities for those interested. 


About Howe Street Studios

The Printermedia Artist Residency Program is 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.

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 small tools and materials upon approval.


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.

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 print media or print media related component to their art practice, i.e. monoprinting or painting, relief printing or wood working, etching or engraving, digital printing, etc…

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


Alternate Application Methods:

Applicants can: fill out their application with the assistance of a volunteer transcriber, sit for either a 15-minute phone or Zoom interview, or submit an MP3 or voice memo with answers.

To enquire about these accommodations, applicants may call +1 (604) 688-1724, or email [email protected] with the subject line [Query] Printermedia Application Form (Firstname Surname).