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Land-Based Artist Residency with Marlene Creates

Open Call for Environment / Land-Based Mentored Artist Residency

September 15–December 22, 2019

Submission deadline: April 28, 2019

Marlene Creates, excerpt from the series Larch, Spruce, Fir, Birch, Hand, Blast Hole Pond Road, Newfoundland 2007–ongoing  (b&w photograph, silver print).

This is a newly developed, multi-part opportunity for an artist to:

  1. Present an existing project and a workshop at Eastern Edge’s HOLD FAST festival, September 18–21, 2019.
  2. Followed by a mentored residency to work on a new project in relation to the community and/or land for a minimum of six weeks.
  3. To participate in Memorial University of Newfoundland’s conference, “The Future of Rural Development”.

The residency includes working with Newfoundland land-based artist Marlene Creates for up to six days during the residency, both in the new Eastern Edge Studios and at Marlene’s outdoor studio — a six-acre patch of boreal forest where she lives in Portugal Cove. The artist-in-residence will receive professional development advice and guidance specific to their creative goals. The artist will have 24hr access to Eastern Edge Studios.

We are delighted to accept residency proposals from artists/ artist collectives that have a demonstrated commitment to environment/land-based art. We are dedicated to cultural diversity in our programming and encourage applications from contemporary artists and curators of diverse communities and backgrounds.

The resident artist will participate in the following programming and receive the following fees:

September 18-21 HOLD FAST Festival – click here for more information. Artists need only apply to this residency, and do not need to apply for HOLD FAST Festival separately.

Travel stipend $600

Speaker fee $310

Performance fee $398

Workshop fee $310

Participation in Memorial University of Newfoundland’s conference: The Future of Rural Development

Speaker or panelist: $310

Residency September 22–December 22

Residency fee $1,730

Workshop fee $310

Speaker fee $310

Total fees & Stipend $4,278

MARLENE CREATES is an environmental artist whose retrospective exhibition, Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses, is currently touring Canada and will be presented at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in St. John’s from October 12, 2019 to January 19, 2020. She has presented her work across Canada and abroad in over 350 exhibitions and screenings, and delivered more than 200 guest lectures. She has held over 40 site-specific multidisciplinary events in The Boreal Poetry Garden. Her work is in many public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada.

She has been the curator of several exhibitions, worked in artist-run centres, and taught visual arts at various colleges and universities. Marlene has received many awards for her work, including the CARFAC National Visual Arts Advocate Award and the Grand Jury Award at the Yosemite International Film Festival. She was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2001. Marlene lives and works in a six-acre patch of Newfoundland boreal forest, which has been the focus of her work since 2002. Marlene Creates is a recipient of a 2019 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts for “Lifetime Artistic Achievement”.


EASTERN EDGE  is nestled between the epic landscape of the Avalon peninsula and the empty horizon of the Atlantic ocean with every vantage looking towards the rest of the world. As close to international art communities as we are to national, since 1984 EE has bridged the Atlantic divide. Our island location is a haven for independent artistic activity — drawing artists who want to be challenged to create in an environment where pragmatic, uncompromising dedication to personal vision is celebrated. Committed to creative research, generation and presentation of contemporary art, we are witnessing what can happen at the intersection of rural and urban practices. As the province’s only artist-run gallery we are a hub of community driven creation; the primary location to discover new emerging art; and a place for experimental presentation to engaged audiences.

HOLD FAST is a celebration of contemporary art practice held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, a festival dedicated to immersive contemporary art and the longest running in the province. HOLD FAST delivers accessible, meaningful and critically-relevant contemporary art programming across an array of media including: installation, performance, screenings, artist talks, dance, community events, and artist-led workshops for people of all ages.


  • 24 hr access to the open plan studio space located in Downtown St. John’s.
  • Please note: up to four artists and a curator/ writer may be working in the space at any one time. All residents are provided with their own designated space and are expected to be considerate of one another.
  • The above listed fees totaling $4,278
  • We encourage selected artists to apply for travel and project funding. If required, the gallery can assist with additional letters of support.
  • Working with our partners across the Province, we will endeavour to facilitate additional residencies in rural locations should you be interested.


  • Open to Local, National and International Artists, Emerging or Mid-career.
  • Collaborations are welcome; please provide statements for each individual within the collaboration.
  • Please see our accessibility information. We endeavour to support the needs of our successful applicants; please do make us aware of any flexibility or support you need that is not covered here.


  • Resident artists are expected to actively create within the studio space for at least 20 hours a week.
  • Be willing to hold open studio hours with the public for a minimum of one day a week.
  • Be approachable, engaging, and excited to participate in opportunities that may arise in the run-up to and duration of the residency.
  • Artists are responsible for their own accommodation and material fees. Eastern Edge currently has funding pending and will provide further financial assistance in these areas should we be successful.
  • The artist must be available from at least September 18th and participate in the residency for a minimum of 6 weeks.

Submissions must include:

  • Current CV/contact info (1–2 pages)
  • Short artist bio (100–150 words for promotional use)
  • Artist statement about general practice (approximately 500 words)
  • HOLD FAST Art Crawl project description (include equipment list and special technical needs) (1–2 pages)
  • HOLD FAST Art Crawl Project overview (50 words summarizing core concept of project description for promotional use)
  • HOLD FAST Workshop proposal (250 words + materials list)
  • A residency proposal outlining your intended area of research/experimentation/creation (max. 500 words or filmed proposal)
  • Up to 10 images including installation images and individual works, or link to video clips/audio files with accompanying descriptions
  • Image list (1 page).

The submission deadline is April 28, 2019.

**All submissions must be sent as email attachments (no zip files), and must not exceed 25 MB.  Please do not send additional documents. Please send images as JPGs and text files as PDFs.
Artists may apply to multiple opportunities available at Eastern Edge Gallery. Please title your applications appropriately for each submission.

Please send applications to, and indicate “LAND-BASED Residency 2019” in your subject line.