Calgary 2012 is putting out a call for Artists in Residence, with an application deadline of January 20. The Artist in Residency (AiR) Program is designed to explore the Calgary 2012 themes of Looking Back, Calgary Now and Looking Forward and connect artists and historians with other aspects of Calgary’s diverse identity such as: commerce, sports, agriculture, science, technology and other urban and suburban experiences. Wherever possible, residencies will take place in unexpected, everyday spaces to engage and delight the public. Residency locations may include: community gathering spaces, places that are part of City-wide celebrations, sporting events and public transportation. Highlights of this program will be presented as part of the Calgary 2012 Closing Symposium in early 2013.

Envision Calgary infused with art in everyday

Calgary 2012 is requesting Expressions of Interest from professional artists of all disciplines and historians interested in participating as an AiR during Calgary’s year as Cultural Capital of Canada. The AiR Program matches artists and historians with residency hosts to establish residencies, for up to 3 months, that encourage connections between artists, historians and the sectors and communities that help to define Calgary’s diverse contemporary identity. The program will support Calgary’s Cultural Capital overarching theme of Creative. Connected. Communities. by promoting new ways of interpreting the role of arts and culture in the everyday lives of Calgarians.

What is an AiR and who can apply
Professional artists working in any artistic discipline and historians with their primary residence in Calgary can apply. Applicants may suggest a location (host) for their residency or, in consultation with the Calgary 2012 curator, be paired with local organizations and community groups acting as residency hosts to create work in unique spaces. The residency is an opportunity for artists to contribute creatively to the daily environment of their hosts, have space to create and present their work and gather inspiration from another sector. Residency hosts are not clients of the artists/historians and artists/historians are not employees of residency hosts.

Selected artists and historians will receive:
Up to $5,000 for artistic supplies and material costs;
Up to $3,000 to cover the costs of any public events, presentations, lectures and demonstrations that they coordinate with their residency host; and
A professional fee of $130 per working day of their residency.

Residencies must be no more than 3 months in duration and take place between April 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013. Additionally, in March 2013, Calgary 2012 will host a 2-day Symposium where artists, historians and their hosts may be asked to reflect on their partnership.

How to apply
Read the Artist EOI Guide available for download at Calgary2012,com/AiR before you apply. Then, go to and complete the online Artists Expression of Interest Form.

How are AiR’s selected and matched with residency hosts
Calgary 2012’s Curator and Creative Producer will select artists and historians to participate as AiRs and, in consultation, will match each successful artist or historian with a residency host. Applicants are encouraged to suggest suitable hosts or locations within their application. Applicants will be selected based on the artistic and creative merit of their EOI and alignment with the themes of the celebration year. Calgary 2012’s Curator and Creative Producer will work with successful applicants and their hosts to ensure strong workable partnerships are in place.

Who to contact with questions
For more information about the AiR Program contact us by phone 403-476-4339, email or visit our website at