Place Publique Residency


The Darling Foundry is launching a call for applications for international artists who wish to do a residency in Montreal, by developing a project linked to the programming of Place Publique. Conceived as an area of collective development and exchange since 2007, Place Publique has served as a public meeting place around art, where a section of Ottawa street is reclaimed by artists and citizens.

Aiming to reach a specific local public - workers and residents of the neighborhood - the curator of this 12th edition of Place Publique, Milly-Alexandra Dery, launches a call for projects to performers and collectives who rethink the nuances of participatory experience and the parameters of collaboration. How are these strategies activated today, thirty years after the transformations of art made by the social performative practices of the 1990s? For example, how do they relate to Relational Aesthetics and its critical re-readings? Do they constrat with another tradition or present a new artistic paradigm?

Through the ephemeral interactive installation, the destabilizing experience between the real and the performed, the collective creation inspired by subcultures and DIY universes, or through indirectly educational and pedagogical methods, artists are invited to propose the exploration of new forms of engagement with the viewer. By promoting critical and experimental practices, the Darling Foundry wishes to open a dialogue on issues of passivity, authoritarian construction of knowledge and the shocks and antagonisms that modulate our relations between the individual and the group. 

The residency includes : 

- Roundtrip airfare up to $1,500 CAD;
- A live-in studio at the Darling Foundry from May 1 to August 25, 2019;
- An artist fee of $4,000 CAD;
- Per diem of $300 CAD per week;
- A production budget to be determined according to the project proposed;
- Logistical and technical assistance upstream and ongoing events;
- Guidance, networking, meetings, excursions, etc.

The Place Publique Residency provides artists with a live-in studio of approximately 60m2, equipped with a kitchen corner. All residents have access to communal spaces shared with the other artists at the Darling Foundry: a big kitchen, laundry facilities, bath and shower rooms, living-room, production studios (for wood, metal, CNC-cutting and ceramics). The networking program set up by the team of the Darling Foundry facilitates interactions between the residents and the art professionals in Montreal, while the close vicinity of the 9 Montreal-based artists who have a studio in the building contributes to a smooth inclusion into the Montreal art scene. Furthermore, the weekly evenings of Place Publique scheduled throughout the summer foster exchanges and encounters with a diverse audience. A public presentation is also organized to connect the artist with the local artistic community and the general public as well.