Writer and graphic novelist exchanges between Québec and the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles in Brussels (Belgium)
Allow writers and graphic novelists to participate in a two-month residency and to take advantage of the numerous possibilities.
Go to Mon Dossier CALQ This link will open in a new window and complete your grant application online.
Before submitting an application, artists are advised to read the program over carefully. If you have any questions after reading the program or if there is anything else you would like to clarify, please email or phone the program manager. The manager can also provide information and advice on how to present your project and what to include in your application.
Seeking to participate actively in developing cultural relationships between Québec and Francophone Belgium and to promote the international career development of writers and graphic novelists by supporting exchange programs abroad, since 2009 the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (Conseil) has collaborated with the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and Wallonie-Bruxelles International for its artist and studio-apartment exchange program.
Belgium is a major hub for cultural exchange in Europe. The Conseil hopes that this partnership will stimulate the already productive ties that have long prevailed between the Québécois and Belgian literary and graphic novel French-speaking communities.
The agreement will allow writers and graphic novelists to participate in a two-month residency hosted in Québec and in Belgium, and to take advantage of the numerous possibilities to establish professional contacts in Montréal, Québec and Brussels.
In Brussels, the Québec writer will be hosted by Passa-Porta, la maison internationale des littératures (Passa-Porta). The youth literature author will be hosted by Le WOLF, la maison de la littérature jeunesse à Bruxelles (Le WOLF) and the graphic novelist will be hosted by the contemporary festival Culturesmaison. The Brussels bookshop TULITU also collaborates to welcome Québec writers and artists.
Wallonie-Bruxelles writers will be hosted in Montréal by the Union des écrivaines et écrivains québécois (UNEQ), and the graphic novelists will be hosted in Québec by Québec BD.
Conseil's studio-apartment residency program has five 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.
- To promote the work and career development of Québec artists internationally.
- To develop new networks for artistic creation, production and dissemination.
Literature, youth literature and the graphic novel.
Comic book artists with more than two years of artistic practice. The comic book artist must have published one or more albums in a context recognized by his peers or have disseminated works in one or more cultural periodicals.
Artists with at least two years of artistic practice.
Writers eligible for Mid-Career or Development grants.
- The writer must have published from two to five books or a minimum of five different texts in a context recognized by his peers and in a literary genre eligible for a grant from the Conseil.
- The storyteller and the spoken word artist in the literary domain must have realized at least one solo creation in a context recognized by their peers.
- The writer must have published at least six books in a context recognized by his peers and in a literary genre eligible for a grant offered by the Conseil.
- The storyteller and the spoken word artist in the literary domain must have realized at least six solo creations in a context recognized by their peers.
Length of stay and amount of the grant
The sojourn is for a period of two months.
- In literature, the residencies will take place in January and February.
- Youth literature authors' residencies will take place in September and October and their sojourn will be will be supervised by Le WOLF, maison de la littérature jeunesse, in Brussels.
- Graphic novelists' residencies will take place in September and October and their sojourn will be will be supervised by the Culturesmaison contemporary comics festival which takes place in Saint-Gilles in mid-september.
The amount of the grant is $6,000 CAD.
Literature, youth literature and the graphic novel.
These rules govern all CALQ grant programs.
You can submit up to five separate applications and receive a maximum of five grants per CALQ fiscal year, from April 1st to March 31st. All applications submitted, including those deemed ineligible, are counted in the annual maximum.
Applications with a fixed date:
The fiscal year a grant application falls under is indicated under the application date for each program in the ''Presentation of the application'' section. You can only submit one application per registration.
Apply any time:
Travel, Circulation of Works Within Québec, Circulation of Works Outside Québec:
Applications submitted between March 1st and 31st inclusively are counted for the following fiscal year.
Applications received between February 24 and March 31st inclusively will be recorded in the following fiscal year.
You may not have more than three projects being considered, supported or under way at the same time.
If you have received financial support from one of the CALQ’s grant programs, you must produce a Grant Use Report within three months after the completion of the project. To be eligible to submit a new application, you must have submitted Grant Use Reports for all projects that have reached their end, and these reports must be approved by the CALQ. The official end date for the project is the date you set when applying.
Failure to meet deadlines for the submission of projects will render your application ineligible.
- Projects carried out under the supervision of an educational program are ineligible.
- A project that has already been rejected by the Conseil is ineligible for this program.
- A group legally constituted as a not-for-profit or profit-making company or general partnership is ineligible for this program.
- Incomplete applications.
Artists' or writers' groups (previously referred to as collectives) are not eligible.
The amount of the grant is $6,000 CAD.
Expenses covered by the grant
Grants awarded by the Conseil under the Studios and studio-apartments section enable recipients to cover the cost of personal insurance, travel, living expenses and costs related to carry out 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.
Applicants do not have to submit an itemized budget to support their application.
Financial support is available for artists with disabilities with a view to ensuring access to CALQ's services. Please complete the relevant section of your official form if you would like to submit an application.
- Artistic quality of the work
- Interest and relevance of the project
- Feasibility of the project
All applications are evaluated on their merits, based on the specific objectives and assessment criteria for each of the program components. The selection process takes into account the comparative value of the projects and the available credits.
The applications are evaluated by a jury whose members must appear in the official roster of resource persons (this roster is approved by CALQ's Board of Directors).
For reciprocity-based residency programs and specialized residencies, a jury commissioned by the artistic director of the foreign host organization reviews the applications. Recommendations are submitted to CALQ's Board of Directors for approval. Decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
Three months after their mandate has been completed, CALQ makes public the names of the Quebec-based jury members.
Board members, employees and members of juries and committees of the CALQ are subject toCodes of ethics and professional conduct This link will open in a new window. All must act in good faith in performing their duties and refrain from taking part in any discussion concerning a grant application that risks creating a conflict of interest. Confidential or privileged information transmitted to them may not be used for personal reasons.
The Conseil will inform applicants of its response to the application approximately three months after the application deadline.
An applicant registered for Mon Dossier CALQ will receive an email inviting him to consult his online file to find out the result.
If the application is successful, along with the announcement letter the applicant will receive a document describing the terms and conditions governing the use of the grant.
If the application is unsuccessful and the applicant is not registered for Mon Dossier CALQ, the Conseil will communicate its decision in writing.
After receiving the results, the applicant may request the jury's or the evaluator's general rankings of the project for each evaluation criterion.
The CALQ wishes to reiterate that its decisions are final and without appeal. No form of verbal abuse, harassment or intimidation towards its team after a decision is rendered, nor at any point in the application process, is tolerated.
September 21, 2023
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.
The date of submission online or the postmark is deemed to be the date of receipt of the application. Incomplete applications and those submitted after the application deadline are not accepted.
Choice of host facility
The applicant is invited to present a project for a specific location and must submit a brief justification supporting his choice.
The Conseil will not be accepting applications by mail until further notice. Mon Dossier CALQ This link will open in a new window is the favoured channel for transmitting an application.
If this transmission mode is not available for the present programme or if you cannot use it, the Conseil will receive the application file by WeTransfer. Instructions for sending are provided on the Application form – Proposal description.
The required file contents are detailed on the application form.
Any documents or supporting materials received by the Conseil after the application deadline will not be submitted for evaluation.
The Conseil 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 Conseil respects the confidentiality of the documents and information in its possession and of those sent to it.
Applicants must promptly notify the Conseil of a change of address so that mail can be sent to the new address.
Place of registration
Interested parties should submit an application online (Mon dossier CALQ ) or to CALQ's Montréal office, addressed to:
M. Laurent Rozencwajg
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
1435, rue De Bleury, bureau 300
Montréal (Québec) H3A 2H7
Telephone: 514 864-3350
Toll-free: 1 800 608-3350
The grant recipient is responsible for obtaining all the documents necessary for his sojourn abroad, including a visa when the host country demands it.
Do not hesitate to contact the cultural team at the Québec delegation, government office or field office responsible for the territory where you will reside to take advantage of the resources that the team can offer you.
Contact information for Québec government delegations, offices and field offices abroad is available on the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie This link will open in a new window.
- The Conseil determines the amounts awarded taking into consideration the funds available, budgets submitted and eligible expenses.
- The grant will be disbursed in the month following the announcement. However, to proceed with a payment, the Conseil must be informed of the grant recipient's social insurance number. In accordance with tax legislation, a grant recipient is bound to declare the amount of the grant awarded. The Conseil issues a tax slip to each grant recipient and submits the list of grant recipients to the ministère du Revenu.
- For the studio and studio-apartment residency program, the grant will be disbursed two months prior to the beginning of the residency.
- For the studio and studio-apartment residency program, the artist selected undertakes to comply with the applicable conditions and rules, whether communicated by the host organization or the institution overseeing the residency or posted on their website, as the case may be.
For further information…
- The Conseil cannot support the same project more than once. Moreover, the Conseil may not award a grant in respect of the same expenses related to a project already supported under another program of the Conseil or any other organization whatsoever.
- By cashing a grant cheque, the artist enters into a commitment to carry out the project planned and comply with the conditions governing the use of the grant.
- The grant recipient has three years from the application registration date to complete the project supported. The end of this period is the project expiry date. Should the artist fail to comply with this condition, the Conseil may demand repayment of the amount disbursed. Moreover, should the artist die or be disabled prior to completion of the anticipated activity, the Conseil may demand repayment of the grant prorated to the state of advancement of the activity.
The grant recipient undertakes to submit a detailed report on the use of the grant or the results of the research. This report must be submitted within three months after the end of a project. To be eligible to submit a new application, a grant recipient must have submitted the reports on the use of grants for all projects that have reached their end date, and these reports must be approved by the Conseil. The official project end date is determined by the candidate upon registration.
Standards governing visibility
- When the project results in public activities such as exhibitions or publications, the Conseil's logo or a mention of its contribution must appear on any documentation, promotion or advertising materials.
- The grant recipient must comply with Standards governing the use of the Conseil's logo This link will open in a new window.
Failure to comply with any of the foregoing conditions may jeopardize an artist's eligibility to submit a subsequent application.
This exchange is made possible thanks to the collaboration of the Administration générale de la Culture du Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, the Maison Internationale des Littératures Passa Porta, the Union des écrivaines et écrivains québécois, the Festival Québec BD and the Délégation générale du Québec à Bruxelles.
Contact information for Québec government delegations, offices and field offices abroad is available on the Website of the ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie (www.mrif.gouv.qc.ca This link will open in a new window).
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Québec artists who have participated in a Brussels residency sojourn
Véronique Marcotte (literature, 2005), Marci Denesiuk (literature, 2006), Guy Marchamps (literature, 2007), Violaine Forest (literature, 2008), Bertrand Laverdure (literature, 2009), Chantal Neveu (literature, 2010), Jean-Pierre Girard (literature, 2011), Alain Fisette (literature, 2012), Alisha Percy (literature, 2013), David Clerson (literature, 2015), Élisabeth Béliveau (graphic novel, 2015), Céline Huyghebaert (literature, 2016), Julie Delporte (graphic novel, 2016), Geneviève Letarte (literature, 2017), Richard Vallerand (graphic novel, 2017), Jacques Beaudry (literature, 2018), Paul Bordeleau (graphic novel, 2018), Daniel Canty (2019 literature).
The masculine form used in this document is understood to designate men and women equally.