Artist residencies in digital businesses

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Research partnership with the conseil québécois des arts médiatiques

Sylvain Martet
Raquel Cruz-Crespo

This research is aimed at developing knowledge about specific issues of artist residencies in companies, particularly in digital businesses. Particular attention is paid to the evaluation of their effects, both for the artists and for the hosting structures and their workers. In Québec, artist residency programs in companies are relatively rare, and no research exists dedicated to the subject. For this new study, ARTENSO is collaborating with the Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques (CQAM), which has established an innovative program of artist residencies in digital production companies with the participation of three Montréal structures: Turbulent and VYV studios and the university research centre Milieux. Initially, the research proposed to follow the development of residencies underway in these three structures. However, the COVID-19 health crisis in spring 2020 led to the postponement or cancellation of projects and reoriented the research toward residencies already completed.

This research is composed of two general components:

  • A synthesis of comparative studies aimed at assembling documentation on artist residencies in companies in various regions of the world;
  • An evaluative analysis of residencies overseen by CQAM, through analysis of the reports, as well as interviews with artists, company employees and directors, the CQAM team, and other intermediaries.

Sylvain Martet, Research Director, Artenso
Raquel Cruz-Crespo, Research Assistant


BERTOIN ANTAL, Ariane. 2011 Managing Artistic Interventions in Organisations: A Comparative Study of Programmes in Europe, 2nd ed. Gothenburg: TILLT Europe. Online

Collective (n.d.). Guide de bonnes pratiques pour un artiste en résidence dans une entreprise créative. Montréal: Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques. Online, Alliance des arts médiatiques indépendants.

Ministère de la Culture de France, Séminaire et Charte Art et mondes du travail (several documents: synthesis of seminars, charter, residency guide, boilerplate contracts, etc.). Online

Arts et mondes du travail (2015). Publication following the last seminar. Online

Résidences d’artistes en entreprises — Online

Chevalier, Bénédicte (2019), Résidences d’artistes en entreprises. Mécènes du sud et Ministère de la Culture — Online 

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