Category: Artist Residency

Culture of Care
CUCCR Artist Residency 2020

CUCCR Artist Residency Call-Out 2020

We are so EXCITED to open the call for CUCCR’s 3rd annual Artist in Residence for 2020! This year we are partnering with the Art Matters Festival and will be included in their 2020 festival programming!

Residency dates: March 4th-28th

Deadline: December 2nd 11:59 pm



Art Matters is a platform for exhibiting students’ work and encouraging exchanges between artists. Art Matters brings art out of the studio and into the city. The festival takes place in March 2020 in galleries across the city, our show will be from March 7th – 28th in the VAV Gallery. All “art” matters and the festival encourages the inclusion of traditional and non-traditional visual arts mediums, installation, new media, performance, music, film, dance, literary arts, and so on. We are accepting applications from undergrad students from across all academic faculties so if you are an artist/maker but not in the Faculty of Fine Arts you can apply too!

Concordia University’s Center for Creative Reuse (CUCCR) is dedicated to diverting usable materials from inside Concordia’s waste-stream and offering them to the general community free of cost. This waste diversion project is having big impacts on campus, not only by making materials available for free to everyone but also by changing the culture of sustainability and reuse across campus and beyond. This year we would like to reach out to artists and makers that are not only using reused materials, and thinking about their practice through a more sustainable lense and interested in sharing that message with others. This year the 8-10 artists selected will be encouraged to put on at least one public engagement opportunity/intervention that can help continue the conversation around a more sustainable world. This idea will be refined and developed over the course of the residency with collaboration and mentorship with the CUCCR team, in partnership with an Art Matters’ Facilitator.

Participants will have access to CUCCR’s materials and team in order to create innovative works that explore care in material practices, and consciousness for the Earth. Concordia students from any department, working in any medium are encouraged to participate.

The Residency will last three months (December-February) during which the artists chosen will create works that expand their current practice and facilitate workshops and skillshares related to their work. The residency will end with a three-week-long exhibition (March 7-28) at the VAV Gallery, as part of the Art Matters Festival.

For documentation of past residencies, please check out


+ Applicants must be undergraduate students at Concordia University for at least one semester of the 2019-20 year. Part-time students are eligible.
+ Students from all departments are encouraged to apply but will not be considered if they have opted-out of the Art Matters fee-levey or if they have already participated in a past CUCCR artist residency.
+ Selected artists will receive a 75.00$ honorarium.

Want to learn more about Art Matters and CUCCR or have some questions about the Artist Residency Call-out? Contact us at or at

Application Form Questions

1. Please provide us with a brief proposal, outlining your intentions, ideas any background
information. (200-300 words)

2. Art that is environmental in subject isn’t necessarily sustainable. Sustainable art does not
necessarily need to speak to the environment, though it must consider the environmental
impact of making.
Please reflect on the following questions:
○ Where do your materials come from and how were they made?
○ Where will your project go after the show?
○ What labour went into the making of your materials?
○ What can others learn from you and your practice?

3. Please explain how your proposed project will explore and take into account these important
questions. (200-300 words)

4. Art Matters recognizes and welcomes the unique contributions that individuals from
marginalized and oppressed communities bring to our organization, and invites these
individuals to apply. We encourage applicants to describe the unique contributions they, as
individuals with diverse experiences, would bring to Art Matters. (optional, 300 words or

5. Please describe your project proposal. This should include a description of the work and your
plan for its execution. (200-300 words)

6. If you are selected, you will be asked to spark a public intervention to help us change the
culture of sustainability at Concordia. This could take the form of workshop, community
discussion, guerilla art postering, etc.. Here are some things to consider:
○ What do you wish others knew about the way materials are used?
○ How can you impact or change your community to become more sustainable?
○ What are some ways that culture changes, what responsibilities do artists have?
○ What barriers are present in our current society that prevent a more careful approach
to making?

7. Please contribute a tip, wish or concern about making your practice or department more
sustainable. (100-200 words)

A Practice in Grief

Sadie Mallon

Living Things – VAV/CUCCR Residency 2019

Sadie uses her interdisciplinary practice to dissect our relations to birth, sex and death. An eco-feminist approach is employed as Sadie makes bold connections between our treatment of human experience and the natural world. Tackling the unappealing nature of relations with care, Sadie puts forth a request to change the way we relate to one another and the earth.

Project description:

For centuries, artists have strived to create archival works that will outlive them. Derived from the belief that our fear of death and loss are a common motivator behind creating archival or single-use works, “A Practice in Grief” seeks to face these fears by emphasizing death’s crucial role in producing new life. “A Practice in Grief” takes the cycle of life and applies it conceptually and literally to material forms, in hopes of inspiring artists to be more environmentally conscious in their practices.

“A Practice in Grief” consists of a series of graphite drawings on handmade papers of the artist’s body amidst scenes of birth, life and death as witnessed in nature. Discarded papers were salvaged, soaked, blended with natural colour agents (turmeric/dirt) and laced with indigenous to Montreal plant seeds. At the end of the piece’s life in the VAV Gallery, the artist will bury this fully compostable piece, from which the seeds embedded within the paper, will grow.

Sadie MallonA Practice in Grief

Caite Clark

Caite Clark

Living Things – VAV/CUCCR Residency 2019

Caite Clark is a puppeteer and projection artist in her final year of Concordia’s Theatre and Development Specialization. Concordia theatre includes Dwellings (puppeteer), The Fredy Stories (Assistant Director), The Tempest (Assistant Director), and Crossings (puppeteer). Projection work includes Autobiography of Red (TNC Theatre McGill) and Lovesong for Insomniacs (Student Performing Arts Festival). 

Project Description: 

If I could use two words to describe my practice as a puppeteer, it would be sustainability and curiosity. I am interested in making things out of reused and recycled material, as well as the multiple usages for a single material or puppet. For me, puppeteering is a natural curiosity: how can we think through something? How can we access that childlike part of our brain that is willing to believe an inanimate object is alive? As this exhibition is a collaborative effort, I seek to invite people to animate the puppets I have created, breathe life into discarded material, and engage with sustainability in a tactile way. 

Caite Clark

Armando Rivas

Armando Rivas

Living Things – VAV/CUCCR Residency 2019

I am Venezuelan, and this is my first year here at Concordia in the fine arts program. Traditionally I have always painted, and something I have done for years is make computer models as reference material for my paintings. This is what has made this last year so exciting, as I have been able to bring these digital fantasy worlds to life. For some time I worked in an architecture firm and carpentry, both of which were profoundly instructive experiences. Since I have been exploring the field of construction but through an artistic lens. I am deeply interested in the power of spaces and the influence they can exert on individuals or a collective. From always I have explored miniatures and using them as a means of visualizing grand spaces. What has been particular about the last couple of months has been that I’ve considered material for the first time. Before, most of my work was painted on canvas. Seeing a reduced budget, I have sought for alternatives, and that led me to work more and more with CUCCR.

Armando Rivas

Among Things

Xavier Beldor

Living Things – VAV/CUCCR Residency 2019

Xavier Bélanger-Dorval has a multidisciplinary corpus comprising kinetic works, paintings, sculptures and installations. Favouring the use of recycled objects, his work focuses on the themes of the environment and consumption. In his works, he organizes the formal possibilities of organic and non-organic objects in order to revisit their meaning.

Xavier Bélanger-Dorval a un corpus multidisciplinaire constitué d’œuvres cinétiques, de peintures et de sculptures. Privilégiant l’usage d’objets recyclés, son travail se concentre sur les thèmes de l’environnement et la consommation. Dans ses oeuvres, il agence les possibilités formelles d’objets organiques et non organiques de manière à en revisiter leur signification.

Project Description :

This kinetic work forms an ecosystem of recycled objects reassembled in a disorganized way into recycled wood furniture. The mass made of these objects moves at random intervals, simulating the effect of a breath. These movements remove objects from their waste condition by giving them a second life, this time organic. This project addresses the themes of the environment and consumption to stimulate reflection on how we interact and deal with the objects around us. It also invites the viewer to reconsider the distinction between things, objects and waste.

Cette oeuvre cinétique forme un écosystème d’objets recyclés et rassemblés de manière désordonné dans un meuble en bois recyclés. La masse de ces objets se meut à des intervalles aléatoires, simulant l’effet d’une respiration. Ces mouvements sortent les objets de leur condition de déchet en leur donnant une seconde vie, cette fois organique. Ce projet aborde les thèmes de l’environnement et la consommation en vue de susciter une réflexion sur la façon dont nous interagissons et traitons les objets qui nous entourent. Elle invite également le spectateur à reconsidérer la distinction entre objet et déchet.

Xavier Bélanger-DorvalAmong Things

Care Package

Dexter Barker-Glenn

Living Things – VAV/CUCCR Residency 2019

I am a Toronto born visual artist working sculpture, painting and experimental video work. Through my art, I attempt to understand my own identity and accept it as both a singular state and as a combination of many states. I often incorporate organizational structures such as cabinets of curiosity, three-ring binders and manila folders into my work. I identify with these objects as they are both a single object and an assemblage of many objects. I hope to show the beauty in these structures while drawing attention to their power to shape our feelings towards the objects they contain.

Project description:

Through playful interventions with shipping materials, the Care Package Series puts a spotlight on these often discarded, yet powerful objects. The sculptures are made from used plywood and styrofoam packaging; materials that don’t only protect the objects they transport, but add to their value by insinuating that they are important enough to be protected. Similarly, the work and care in my manipulation of these materials change their value by implying that they are worthy of being cared for. These objects have gone through two journeys. They have literally moved from place A to place B, but also have journeyed from functioning as a case or frame to functionally protecting the ‘thing’ to becoming ‘the thing’ itself

Dexter Barker-GlennCare Package

Erin Berry

Living Things – VAV/CUCCR Residency 2019

Erin Berry is completing the final months of her undergraduate degree at Concordia University where she is Majoring in Ceramics. She is the president of the Concordia Ceramics Students Association and a research assistant to the artist, Linda Swanson. Her fibres and ceramic works have shown throughout Canada and the United States, most recently Vermont and Montreal, with her first solo show taking place at Xchanges Gallery in Victoria, BC in 2017. Erin will be taking part in the Short-term Artist Residency at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark this May.

Project Description:

For this project, my aim is to bring an awareness of the value and environmental cost of the one-use items many of us consume on a daily basis. Earlier this fall I had the opportunity to go to St. Hilaire and dig in a creek bed for local clay. This was my first time experiencing the full process of working with clay from its source, through the making process, to the final glaze firing. During this residency I made clay cups, using the throwing techniques taught to me by my grandmother. The cups are made from the locally sources clay and glazed with found, donated and recycled materials. This process truly gives the end results a value far beyond its intended function as an object or Vessel. During the final exhibition of the residency I will invite everyone to enter their names into a draw for the cups, names will then be chosen and the cups will be given away at the end of the exhibition period. Participants will be able to use and reuse the vessel they choose instead of a paper or plastic. At a time when the global climate is noticeably changing, as a result of our inability to slow our culture of over consumption, this project is meant as a small push towards mindfulness of the impact each of us has on the environment. In a society where it is easier to order on Amazon or get a cheap cup at Dollarama, the act of making, taking the time to craft an object and give it away is a protest against the tide of global consumerism.

Maude Lauzière Dumas

Maude Lauzière Dumas

Living Things – VAV/CUCCR Residency 2019

Living and working in Montreal, Maude Lauziere Dumas, visual artist, focuses on materiality through a multidisciplinary practice. Wanting to explore the links between raw materials and their industrial transformation, she first explores jewelry as her way of expression. Her practice evolves slowly towards an artistic approach questioning the object in relation to the human body and the fabricated. She is currently pursuing her training in sculpture at Concordia University.

Vivant et travaillant à Montréal, Maude Lauziere Dumas, artiste en arts visuels, se concentre sur la matérialité à travers une pratique multidisciplinaire. Voulant explorer les liens entre les matières naturelles et leur transformation industrielle, elle explore premièrement la joaillerie comme moyen d’expression. Sa pratique évolue tranquillement vers une approche artistique questionnant l’objet en relation avec le corps humain et le fabriqué. Elle poursuit actuellement sa formation en sculpture à l’Université Concordia.

Project description:

Delivery Matter Project is an installation offering a reflection on the ontology of matter. This principle questioning the notion of living leads to seeing “things” as animated subjects. Shaking our anthropocentric conceptions of the world, the work attempts to deconstruct the idea that matter is uniform and inert. The assemblages presented visits the notions of agency and their capacity of self-organization in the space. Material phenomena are studied by the artistic gesture to have a better understanding of the interdependence of human and nonhuman matters in relation to their environment.

This artist residency allows me to develop my understanding of the existing interrelationships between materials and society. Serving as a roundabout, the physical location of the recuperation center gives power to the substances and glamorize their presence. The created artwork thus supports this desire to see the material and human identities as a whole, open to different processes of social, cultural and political transformation.


Matter Delivery Project est une installation proposant une réflexion sur l’ontologie de la matière. Ce principe questionnant la notion du vivant amène à voir les « choses » comme des sujets animés. Ébranlant nos conceptions anthropocentriques du monde, l’œuvre tente de déconstruire l’idée que la matière est uniforme et inerte. Les assemblages présentés permettent ainsi de visiter les notions d’agentivité et leur capacité d’auto-organisation dans l’espace. Les phénomènes matériels sont étudiés par le geste artistique pour mieux comprendre l’interdépendance des matières humaines et non humaines en relation avec leur environnement.

Cette résidence d’artiste me permet de développer ma compréhension des interrelations entre matériaux et société. Servant de carrefour giratoire, le lieu physique du centre de récupération redonne du pouvoir aux substances et valorisent leur présence. L’œuvre crée soutient ainsi ce désir de voir les identités matérielles et humaines comme un tout, ouvert aux différents processus de transformation sociales, culturelles et politiques.

Maude Lauzière DumasMatter Delivery

Maya Jain

I am a multidisciplinary artist, designer and evolving person. Though my passions are scattered across disciplines, I am consistently guided by emotion and resonance with aesthetics and philosophy.

Project description

The body of work that I have created as part of the CUCCR x VAV residency is a personal exploration that uncovers the remarkable potential of used clothing.