ArtStarts Ignites is a dynamic residency program that offers early career artists time, space, and resources to develop their artistic portfolio in an educational context.
The residency program offers a series of mentorship opportunities to support the artists’ professional development, including sessions on accessibility, workshop facilitation, grant writing, and more. Every year, the residency program also centres around a different focus area, offering artists from all disciplines opportunities to increase their capacity as artists in a supportive learning environment.
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Interested in learning more about our past residency artists? Click on the images below to find out what some of our artists have been learning, creating, and exploring through this residency.
ArtStarts’ Ignites residency was an expansive experience. Before I began, I was hoping to ‘narrow down’ my artist identity and refine my practice. Although I did deepen an exploration into the intricacies of my chosen medium, the supportive community at ArtStarts and structure of the residency expanded my view of my own practice. I felt encouraged to try new things and emphasize the process of creation. I am very grateful for these lessons and excited to hold this experience as I continue creating! Megan Dewar, 2023 Ignites Artist
I am very grateful to have been a part of ArtStarts. This residency reminded me how much I don’t know, and how much more there is to learn. How does one be intentional about their art practice? How does one interact with humans, with all our differences and similarities? How does one approach conversations and the art-making process with an empathetic and ethical lens? All these questions were discussed during this program, and my understanding of these questions has expanded. Thank you ArtStarts. Sarah Genge, 2023 Ignites Artist
ArtStarts’ Ignites allowed me to dive into a meaningful project which I otherwise would not have been able to dedicate time to. Bouncing ideas off other creative people in real time was really beneficial. It was also wonderful to engage with the other artists' concepts and discussions, and interesting to see the connections between our projects, despite different themes and mediums. This residency has left me feeling ignited with the desire to continue to be inspired by the question “what if”? Laura Rechwan, 2023 Ignites Artist