The masculine form used in this document is understood to designate men and women equally.
Foreword and program objectives
Since its inception in 1994, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) has been highly active in the development of a network of centres devoted to creation, production and artistic renewal offered to artists and writers to enable them to pursue their work under professional conditions.
The network of studios and studio-apartments is one way that the CALQ encourages the presence of Québec artists and their works on the international scene. This residency network has made it possible to expand exchange opportunities with foreign countries and participate in the career development of numerous artists and writers the world over.
The CALQ's studio-apartment residency program has three objectives:
To support and stimulate artists by making available to them a suitable environment and the means to produce and disseminate their works
To foster artistic renewal for artists and writers by giving them access to a new and stimulating cultural environment
To facilitate exchanges of artistic or literary viewpoints and contribute to the formation of durable ties between artists from Québec and abroad
The CALQ seeks to offer the artists and writers participating in the program exceptional opportunities for artistic renewal and creation that are hard to achieve otherwise. Residency sojourns offer artists unique personal and professional experiences in which they invest time and energy, and which contribute in a profound manner to their career development and consequently to the enrichment of Québec culture.
Description of the host facilities
As a general rule, only professional artists and writers with at least two years of artistic practice may apply for the CALQ's studio-apartment residency program.
However, any such offer is subject to the proviso of the partners abroad maintaining their commitment.
Each studio-apartment residency has specific eligibility criteria and its own application procedures which are listed on the pages dedicated to each facility. The
List of studios and exchange programs is found at the end of this page.
Before completing your application, it is important that you read the General information pertaining to Development
grants. This document outlines the eligibility criteria, conditions, evaluation process and conditions governing the awarding of grants.
of the studios and studio-apartments eligibility per artistic field (PDF file)
This section of the CALQ's grant program supports professional artists, writers, storytellers, spoken word creation in the literary domain, arts and crafts professionals and architecture professionals. Details about the eligible disciplines and application dates in effect for each residency are found on the specific page dedicated to the facility.
Please note that in this particular instance, under a partnership with the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, New York, independent curators may submit a specific residency project to this organization.
Artists are defined as follows:
They declare themselves to be professional artists.
They create work or practise an art on their own account or offer their services for remuneration, as creators or performers, especially in the fields under the responsibility of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ).
They have gained the recognition of their peers.
They disseminate or publicly interpret their works in places and/or contexts recognized by their peers.
One residency program is intended specifically for young professionals 35 years of age or under, i.e. the MAP program of the cultural organization Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes.
Choice of host facility
Applicants are invited to present a project for a specific location.
An applicant can only submit one application for the Studios and studio-apartment residencies section per registration period.
The applicant must submit a brief justification supporting his choice.
Artists' or writers' groups (previously referred to as collectives) are only eligible for the choreographic residency program in Potsdam, Germany if their project is presented in conjunction with a choreographer or dancer and a professional partner who are engaged in another artistic discipline.
Presentation of the application
An artist who wishes to apply for this grant program must fill out the appropriate application form and provide a complete file, making sure to include all the requisite items. A
Grant Application Presentation Guide is available on the CALQ's website.
Only the original copy of the application form duly signed by the applicant is considered valid. Email applications are not accepted.
If the registration deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, it moves to the next business day.
The CALQ deems the postmark to be the date of receipt of applications.
Incomplete applications and those submitted after the application deadline are not accepted.
Contents of the application file
A single copy of the application file must be submitted in letter format (21.6 cm x 27.9 cm or 8½” x 11”). Documents must be printed in black ink on white paper, using only one side of the page. To facilitate photocopying, do not staple or bind the documents.
For applicants who submit applications for the Québec Studio in New York, Québec Studio in London, the Studio du Québec à Paris, the Québec Studio in Rome, artistic residencies at the Tokyo Wonder Site, or those in New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and New York State, it is mandatory that they provide five copies of supporting documents.
For all other residency programs, applicants must provide only one copy of supporting documents.
The application file must include:
The curriculum vitae of the artist applicant (maximum of three pages)
A description of the project and the proposed timetable
If applicable, letters of undertaking from collaborators and a description of their contribution to the project
If applicable, a press file of no more than five pages of photocopies of press clippings published during the previous five years
The following supporting materials (according to the artistic discipline):
- For multidisciplinary arts, digital arts, visual arts, arts and crafts and architectural
15 digital images and/or a maximum of 3 excerpts of works, totaling no more than 15 minutes in duration
- For circus arts:
a maximum of 3 excerpts of works, totaling no more than 15 minutes in duration
- For popular song:
A maximum of three excerpts of works related to the project, totaling no more than 15 minutes in duration, lyrics for songs (maximum of five), synopses for musical theatre. If need be, include a maximum of three previously produced works.
- For film and video:
A maximum of 3 excerpts of works, totaling no more than 15 minutes in duration (including titles and credits). In the case of a screenplay, provide an excerpt of no more than 25 pages, printed on one side only.
- For dance:
A maximum of 3 excerpts of choreography works, totaling no more than 15 minutes in duration
An excerpt of a book, manuscript or a collection of chosen texts, of a maximum length of 25 pages, printed on one side only. For storytelling and spoken word creation, a collection of chosen texts or a maximum of three excerpts of works, totaling no more than 15 minutes in duration
- For music:
A maximum of 3 excerpts of works related to the project, totaling no more than 15 minutes in duration. For classical, contemporary or electroacoustic music composers, attach the score, if applicable. If need be, include a maximum of three previously produced works.
- For theatre:
A maximum of 3 excerpts of works, totaling no more than 15 minutes in duration. In the case of a manuscript, an excerpt of no more than 25 pages, printed on one side only.
Moreover, applicants are strongly advised to attach a summary of the project with a few paragraphs in English or Spanish, depending on the location of the residency chosen.
Any documents or supporting materials received by the CALQ after the application deadline will not be submitted for evaluation.
Only visual materials, sound recordings and publications are returned to applicants within 90 days of the announcement of the results.
The CALQ cannot be held responsible for the loss of submitted items or damage sustained by such items during shipping. Applicants are urged to never send the originals of items or supporting materials required for a grant application.
Subject to the provisions of the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information, the CALQ respects the confidentiality of the documents and information in its possession and of those sent to it.
Applicants must promptly notify the CALQ of a change of address so that mail can be sent to the new address.
Artistic quality of the project
Interest and relevance of the project
Feasibility of the project
Expenses covered by the grant
Grants awarded by the CALQ under the Studios and studio-apartments section enable recipients to cover the cost of personal insurance, travel, living expenses and costs related to pursuing their projects.
The grant recipient is responsible for obtaining all of the documents necessary for his sojourn abroad, including a visa when the host country demands it.
To find out if lodging costs are covered, please refer to the residency exchange program concerned.
Applicants do not have to submit an itemized budget to support their application.
Place of registration
All applications for studio-apartment residencies must be sent to the Montréal office, addressed to:
Mme Diane Isabelle
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
500, place d'Armes
Telephone: 514 864-3350
Toll-free: 1 800 608-3350
The CALQ will inform applicants of its response to the application approximately three months after the application deadline. When foreign partners make the final selection, the announcement of the results may take up to eight months.
List of Studios and studio-apartments and artist exchange programs
The application date and specific eligibility criteria for a residency as well as photos of the facility appear on the page dedicated to that facility.
of the studios and studio-apartments eligibility per artistic field (PDF file)