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Slated to open in the summer of 2019, the Nordic Lab is an initiative of Galerie SAW Gallery in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts. A research and production space dedicated to artists from circumpolar nations, the Nordic Lab will be an integral part of Galerie SAW Gallery’s newly expanded 15,000-square-foot centre in downtown Ottawa, Canada’s capital city.

In collaboration with Artists’ Association MUU in Helsinki, we will select an artist from Finland for a month-long residency in Ottawa with the possibility of visiting Canada’s northernmost territory, Nunavut.

The selected artist will have access to facilities that can accommodate video and sound production, large-format photography and professional screenprinting. The selected artist will also be provided access to Galerie SAW Gallery’s state-of-the-art multidisciplinary presentation venue for artists working in music, theatre and performance. Once the artist is selected, Galerie SAW Gallery will also look at the possibility of an exchange or collaboration with an artist or organization in Nunavut. The residency can happen anytime from fall 2019 to summer 2020.

The Nordic Lab residency will provide:
• Return airfare from Helsinki to Ottawa
• Accommodation for one month
• An artist fee of 1,250 EUR
• A living allowance of 600 EUR
• The possibility of return airfare to Nunavut with accommodation and per diem (to be confirmed)

Your application should include:
• A curriculum vitae with complete contact information
• An artist statement
• A project proposal
• 10 images and/or 2 video links of your work

Deadline for the applications: 
18 August 2019

Online application HERE

Applications in English.

Jason St-Laurent, Curator, Galerie SAW Gallery, jason(a)galeriesawgallery.com
Contact in MUU, Timo Soppela, director(a)muu.fi

Galerie SAW Gallery was founded in 1973. Today, with its strong focus on outreach and community development, the centre boasts an annual audience of close to 35,000 people. The centre’s risk-taking exhibition program presents the work of many artists who are not often considered by other Canadian art institutions. An evolving space comprised of Galerie SAW Gallery, Club SAW and the SAW outdoor courtyard, the centre is an ideal venue for the presentation of performance, media art and new artistic practices. In the 1980s, the gallery founded a video production centre called SAW Video, which now thrives as a separate entity. Located in the National Capital Region, Galerie SAW Gallery actively participates in political discourse around cultural diversity, the rights of artists and freedom of expression. In July 2019, SAW will expand to 1,500 square meters with expanded exhibition spaces, a state-of-the-art live performance venue, a new circumpolar artistic research space called the Nordic Lab and an outdoor courtyard. galeriesawgallery.com