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June 22 – July 27, 2018

Above: artwork by Don Hill, Jayda Karsten, Ed Keeble, Sarah Prodor, Alicia Wai Lan Yip. Photo by Diane + Mike Photography
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Monday, February 26, 2018 @ Midnight


WRECK CITY seeks RFQs (Requests for Qualifications) from artists, documentary filmmakers, and critical art writers interested in participating in an experimental artist residency in Calgary. Successful candidates will be willing to engage in collaborative, chaotic, immersive, and independently-motivated situations, and be available throughout the WRECK CITY Residency (June 22 - July 27, 2018) and intermittently during the Public Exhibition (July 28 - August 11, 2018). The location of the Residency is currently secret, but it is located in the Calgary neighbourhood of Marda Loop. Our Venue Sponsor is RNDSQR. For further inquiries about the location, contact us.

WRECK CITY is a curatorial collective that organizes site-specific art exhibitions in alternative spaces (you can read more about us here and explore our previous projects here). Our first WRECK CITY Residency is intended to connect artist-participants through a 5-week self-directed residency, followed by a 2-week public exhibition comprised of objects, installations, performances, and/or situations generated during the residency. We're trying something new! Unlike previous WRECK CITY projects (where artists were asked to apply with fully-formed ideas) the WRECK CITY Residency will select participants through their qualifications + process, and ask them to engage with the site-specific context of the space, including fellow artists, the surrounding community, and the site. 


14 artists, collaborative teams, and/or collectives will be selected based on the integrity of their portfolios, availability, intentions, and relationship with DIY art spaces. One documentary filmmaker and one critical writer will be commissioned to document this process. We intend to empower our participants by encouraging organic collaborations, knowledge and resource sharing, and authentic experimentation.

WRECK CITY Residency


Special Thanks


The WRECK CITY Residency is one of 200 projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program, developed to fund arts during the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation. WRECK CITY is one of 3 Calgary-based arts initiatives to be awarded this grant, including Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society and Czapno Ensemble (Old Trout Puppet Workshop). These projects were chosen from over 2000 applications across the country. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

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