The City of Regina is inviting Indigenous artists to apply for a residency with the city.
The city’s Indigenous Artist in Residency Program, which is now accepting applications, will provide an artist support to create a new piece or pieces of art for the city’s art collection.
Robyn Barclay, coordinator of cultural development for the City of Regina explained in order to qualify for the residency the artist must be living in the city. She said the person who is awarded the residency will be provided resources by the city.
“There is $30,000 available for artist fees and then an additional $30,000 for materials, supplies,” she said.
Barclay said they are calling for someone to create art which speaks to the theme of urban Indigenous identity. Artists working in a range of different disciplines are being encouraged to put forward applications for the residency.
“This could be a spoken word artist, or a poet, it could be a painter, it could be a sculpture, it could be a dancer, a bead artist,” said Barclay.
The previous Indigenous artist in residency for the City of Regina was Audie Murray, an artist known for working across many different artistic disciplines. For her project Murray made a wall hanging beaded piece which took inspiration from her looking at a photo of the sky taken in the city and then doing so at one taken in a more rural area. Murray then worked to gradually merge the two images into one.
In awarding the residency Barclay said the city will be relying on a panel made up of Indigenous arts professionals. Eligible artists are able to submit their applications up until April 24.
“Artist’s apply and all of their applications are then forwarded on the Indigenous arts professionals panel,” said Barclay.
(Top Photo: Courtesy of City of Regina Twitter.)