This art residency aims to engage Faculty of Community Services (FCS) students and faculty, as well as the Ryerson community more broadly in reimagining what professional education practices would look like conceived through the lens of art practices. Taking this innovative approach, the residency provides an artist with access and opportunity to lead a process of infusing new energy and thinking into curriculum and pedagogy anchored in a critical understanding of social issues. Moving away from a direct or literal focus on teaching, professional practice and research, the residency offers an innovative approach to reimagining these aspects of academic life. This residency is unique in that it is housed within a faculty of professional practice disciplines and builds on the artistic and innovative practices of faculty and students. The residency is a collaboration between the John C. Eaton Chair in Social Innovation and the FCS Teaching Chair; and is supported by an appointed Curatorial and FCS Community Engagement Academic Lead, who together form an Advisory Committee for the residency.
Consistent with Ryerson and FCS academic plans, the residency will:
-Help to define and foster innovation across FCS
-Assist in creating exceptional student learning experiences and greater engagement
-Inject new ideas into curriculum and pedagogy
-Position FCS as a leader in creative approaches to education
-Contribute to community engagement
-Advance the ongoing art practice of the applicant
The artist
The residency is open to a community member who works with artistic processes in any medium (such as, professional visual artists, performance artists, community arts facilitators, social animators). In keeping with Ryerson’s commitment to engage with broader community, the residency would provide an academic or community member with the opportunity to further develop their own creative practice. Preference will be given to a doctoral student or applicant with PhD whose work aligns with the residency. The selected artist will have an interest or background in developing socially engaged arts practices and critical responses to social issues through engagement in creative processes. Furthermore, the selected artist will bring to FCS new networks and help forge connections to communities with which FCS may not have been previously engaged.
350 Victoria Street
Office: SHE-697 t: 416.979.5034 ryerson.ca/fcs
Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 2K3 f: 416.979.5384 @RyersonFCS
The artist in residence will develop activities within three broad categories:
1. Education for students and faculty
-Holding at least two workshops per semester for students and faculty as part of the FCS Community Transformation Cafes and the Positioning for Success series
-Providing individual consultation and support to faculty members interested in reimagining their teaching practices
2. Exchange of ideas
-Providing up to two guest lectures per semester in faculty’s courses
-Holding one, or more as needed, discussion sessions to work through and workshop new ideas
3. Engagement of community
-Develop one socially engaged project or exhibition that would be open to the broader Ryerson community and related networks; this project could take place at any time during the residency but could also be the culmination of the artist’s work during the time of the residency
The residency would provide the artist with the opportunity to further develop their artistic practice within an academic venue, thereby gaining access to input and feedback from students, faculty and broader community. In addition, the following supports and material resources would be provided:
-Honorarium of $10,000 per academic year (August-May)
-Artist materials stipend of $1,000 for the duration of the residency
-Promotional materials of $1,000 in value for the duration of the residency
-Access to Ryerson library resources and archives
-Access to performance or exhibition venue for the public engagement project
Application process &deadline
All qualified candidates are requested to submit an electronic application consisting of their CV, cover letter explaining how their work meets the residency focus, including links to sample art projects. Please send applications by March 10, 2017 to: fcsresidency@gmail.com
350 Victoria Street
Office: SHE-697 t: 416.979.5034 ryerson.ca/fcs
Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 2K3 f: 416.979.5384 @RyersonFCS
Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please see the following video for more information on Ryerson’s commitment to fostering diversity: https://youtu.be/rVqXz_QMQX0