Call for Proposals for Artists-in-Residence 2022-2023
Location: Port Union, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Duration: 3 to 4 weeks
Slots: September 2022 – August 2023
Supports: Accommodations, Kitchen, Workspace, Local Connections, Honorarium
Artists’ Cost: Transportation, Food, Materials
Deadline: 11 May 2022, 23:59 Newfoundland Standard Time (+3:30)
Notification: 15 June 2022 or sooner
UHA is accepting applications for our 2022-2023 Artist-in-Residence program, which will provide studio space and additional professional support for professional art workers including visual artists, craftpeople, curators, and/or art writers.
When preparing your application, keep in mind that the UHA Artist-in-Residence program will place special emphasis on supporting projects that involve relevant community engagement. The AiR program provides selected artists with an opportunity to experiment with their practice, develop their focus or test new ideas in the unique historic district of Port Union.
During the residency period, there may be additional opportunities for public engagement. The UHA committee will work with selected artists to create residencies that support both the artist and the community’s development. While it is not expected that the applicant has an existing relationship with Port Union, the committee will consider the relevancy of the proposal in the context of Port Union when making their selections.
During the 2022-23 season, we are focusing on projects that relate to our LAND Programming. The theme, LAND, while open-ended, relates to the juncture at which Newfoundland as a whole finds itself, grappling with longstanding impacts and responsibilities of early colonization on the island. Relevant concepts that will be prioritized include work that is responsive to Indigenous sovereignty and truths, extraction-based economies, climate crisis, out-migration and immigration, land-based practice, and sustainable futures. As an artist-run-centre in a rural area, we want to be a leader in furthering regional discourse around these critical themes.
The artist apartments are on the second floor of the UHA building and at this time we do not have an elevator. There are accessible restrooms and a kitchen on the first floor. We currently do not have automatic doors, all of which must be manually opened. The front entrance has five steps from the main street and the back door has an accessible ramp entrance.
The UHA staff and board speak and write fluently in English.
UHA will not tolerate discrimination or violent acts in any capacity. This applies to all visitors, volunteers, staff, and artists-in-residence. Contact information for the Board and Staff will be available to you if you have any concerns.
UHA strives to be a welcoming and accessible space for all. We acknowledge that accessibility in a historic building will always be a work-in-progress. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the accessibility of the space prior to submitting your application.
Port Union can be accessed by car via Route 230 off the Trans Canada Highway, near Clarenville. It is approximately a 3.5 hour drive from St. John’s. If you do not have a vehicle, there is a daily taxi to and from St. John’s. Communities on the Bonavista peninsula are dispersed and having a vehicle during your residency would be beneficial to your residency experience but is not entirely necessary. Please note there is currently a car rental shortage in Newfoundland, if you are relying on a rental car please book as soon as your residency is confirmed.
Please note that Port Union may experience extreme weather conditions during the winter including: ice, snow, freezing rain, harsh winds, and at times unsafe driving conditions. Should the weather be unsafe during your residency arrival or departure dates, we are happy to adjust the residency period accordingly.
STUDIO PRACTICE AT UHA:
- 24-Hour oceanview studio access
- Desk spaces
- Electrical outlets
- Flexible use of second floor studio spaces
- UHA committee will provide support and consultation with Artist-in-Residence while developing community-engaged activities
In your application please outline studio equipment that you require or would like to have access to. We are in the process of purchasing new studio equipment.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the studio space prior to submitting your application.
LIVING SPACE AT UHA:
- Bedroom (double bed) and sitting room with ensuite bathroom (shower, sink, toilet) on second floor
- Linens provided
- Washer and dryer available
- Shared kitchen on ground floor
It is the responsibility of the artist to care for their living space during their time of their residency. This includes maintaining cleanliness of the artist’s apartment and all shared spaces. We have limited staff resources and your contribution to the upkeep of the space is important and much appreciated.
In 2020 we launched our Family Residency as a separate application process, and we were overwhelmed by the positive response. This time, we ask that if you would like to participate in the Family Residency, please indicate that on your application. It’s important to us that parent artists aren’t competing with one another for one opportunity, which is why we are combining it with our regular call for artists.
If any of the selected artists require family support, we will work with the artist to accommodate. Please note that childcare supports are pending funding.
MORE ABOUT UHA
Union House Arts (UHA) is a community artspace in Historic Port Union. UHA is committed to supporting work being produced by artists and craftspeople in Newfoundland and Labrador and around the world through place-specific and collaborative programming. Founded in 2016 by a small team of volunteers, UHA officially opened the doors of its gallery, studios, and community space in June 2019 in a heritage building owned and restored for UHA by the Coaker Foundation.
UHA aims to build a thoughtful space for community residents and artists to work and share together; to expand ideas about what art can be, how and where it can be shown, and to create an environment that is accessible to people of all experiences and educations. The space is experimental in nature with a focus on place-based programming, knowledge building, and sharing. Over the past few years we have developed: a professional exhibition program; regular creative workshops; an artist-in-residence program; collaborative and interdisciplinary programs relating to food, geology, technology, and nature; and most recently – a children’s art program.
This year we are continuing development of our backyard, developing gardens for food, natural dyes and fibers, as well as an outdoor studio space.
Union House Arts operated as a sub-committee of the Coaker Foundation from 2017 until separating as an independent incorporated entity in 2020. UHA has an active Board of Directors and an Executive Director leading the organization, with additional support staff assisting with programming through the summer and fall.
The Bonavista Peninsula experiences a dramatic shift in the winter. As a region driven by seasonal tourism, winter is a time of rest and planning for many year-round residents. When the pace slows down in the off-season, it is a natural time for unhurried making, socializing, and community events. If you are applying for a residency during the winter months (December – April), please note there may be interruptions to travel, and public events are subject to weather conditions.