Artist residencies in the community

Partnership with the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Accès-Culture network

 

Louis Jacob

November 2019

Residency programs have existed for several years in the network of exhibition spaces, in artist-run centres, in the school sector, and elsewhere. These programs, as well as those concerning cultural mediation, fall under public policies for support of creation, production, and dissemination of arts and respond to the general issues of democratization of culture and citizen participation.

 

It is in this general context that ARTENSO is proposing to conduct research on the effects of artist residencies in communities – and, more specifically, residencies that include cultural mediation. At the same time, the centre is helping to set up an artist residency program at Cégep de Saint-Laurent. In spring 2019, ARTENSO undertook a survey of the literature, proceeded with information exchanges with partners, and created a research association with researcher Louis Jacob, professor in the Department of Sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

 

The aim of this research is to produce a study from a sample of five artist residencies with cultural mediation conducted as part of the Accès-Culture network and Conseil des arts de Montréal programs. The study is intended to stimulate thought about and contribute to the highlighting of good practices. It involves an evaluation of the processes and effects of artist residencies and comprehension of more general issues related to motivations and models. There are two complementary sections:

 

  1. An evaluation section built on project statements and observation of activities in five artist residencies
  2. An exploratory and comparative section based on qualitative research and documentary analysis of artist residencies in Quebec or elsewhere
References

 

Beddows, Joël (2013). La résidence artistique comme moteur de développement du public. Jeu, revue de théâtre. Dossier : Hors de Montréal, point de salut ? En ligne, 148, p. 74-78 : 

 

Bisenius-Penin, Carole (dir.) (2018). Culture et Musées. Dossier : Entre création et médiation : les résidences d’écrivains et d’artistes En ligne, 31 :

 

Bolze, Christine, Gronier, Marion  et al. (dir.) (2013). La résidence d’artiste en milieu scolaire et éducatif. Pratiques et recherches. Actes du colloque. Lyon : Enfance, Arts et Langage/Institut Français de l’Éducation/Université Claude Bernard — Lyon 1/Université Lumière — Lyon 2. En ligne

 

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

 

Leclerc-Parker, Marie-Ève (2016). Les résidences d’artistes dans le réseau des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec : enquête en vue d’une (re)définition. Mémoire de maîtrise, Département d’histoire de l’art. Université du Québec à Montréal.

Research team

 

Louis Jacob is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where he teaches general approaches and fundamental concepts of the discipline. He is a member of the Observatoire des médiations culturelles and the Laboratoire Art et société, terrains et théories. His research interests are social narratives and imaginaries, art and culture practices, and epistemology of human sciences.

Research assistants: Clara Déry, Véronique Granger-Brodeur, Catherine Langlais