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2018 Residency program / Est-Nord-Est, résidence d’artistes

Residencies for International Artists and Canadian Authors

Deadline: February 1, 2018

** Due to execution of the capital investment project Est-Nord-Est: Tous azimuts!, please note that the 2018 residencies will take place at a temporary site situated in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli **


Est-Nord-Est (ENE) is an artist-run centre the mandate of which is to provide an international community of artists and authors in contemporary art with support by offering space and time for research and experimentation, as well as privileged access to local resources and knowhow.

The centre is situated in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, a village on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, in a unique geographic and historical locale. The predominant aspects of the landscapes are farms, forests, and the river. Saint-Jean-Port-Joli is situated 115 km from Quebec City and 350 km from Montreal.

Originally based on the idea of encounters between sculptors with contemporary practices and those using regional traditional skills, ENE now welcomes contemporary visual-arts artists from all disciplines. The residencies at ENE are intended for professional artists, both established and emerging, from all over the world. Because it is convinced of the important bond between artworks and words, the centre encourages writing about contemporary art by also offering a residency to Canadian authors. The work and living spaces are common to all residents, and so the authors may immerse themselves in the art that is being made. The residencies offer artists and authors an opportunity to explore their research more deeply, to experiment, and to create in a cultural space that is unique, lively, and stimulating. ENE is a member of Res Artis and of the Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec.


The residency periods offered in spring, summer, and fall usually bring together four artists and one author in contemporary art. However, in 2018 ENE is undertaking its major capital investment program, as part of which its premises will be completely reconstructed. ENE is therefore, exceptionally, using a temporary site that will give residents access to a shared studio attached to their living quarters. As a consequence, only two artists and one author will be selected for each eight-week residency period. For the first time this year, authors will be able to choose between a four-week and an eight-week residency.

For ENE, 2018 is a pivotal year, as the centre’s premises will be completely torn down and reconstructed on the current site. To underline this year of change, while remaining open to artists and research of all types, the 2018 program particularly encourages artists and authors whose practice is involved with memory, archive, transmission and oblivion; addresses notions of geography, the environment, and ecology; is based on ideas about architecture, renewal, and transformation; and those whose approach or discourse involves studying the local environment or intervention on the land.


The eight-week residency includes:

  • Residency honorarium of $1,240 (the four-week residency for Authors, includes an honorarium of $620)
  • Lodging in a house shared by the residents
  • Access to a shared studio located in the house
  • Access to local resources
  • Technical and logistical support
  • Use of a bicycle

*Materials, travel fees and other living charges are at the residents' expense.

Expectations towards the artist and author:

  • To make full use of the residency period offered for his/her artistic research
  • To be present during the entire residency period
  • To present his/her approach, research interests, recent work at the Residents’ Presentations held at the beginning of the residency and open to the public (obligatory)
  • To present his/her research, work, experiments, methodology, creative process developed or conducted during the residency at the Open Studios held at the end of the residency and open to the public (obligatory)
  • To propose a creative workshop for a youth or community organization in the region (an additional fee of $100 is offered to residents whose workshop proposal is selected) (optional)

Residency periods

Spring: June 4 to July 27, 2018 / Summer: August 6 to September 28, 2018 / Fall: October 9 to December 1, 2018

For more information and to submit an application – Deadline: February 1, 2018

Applications must be uploaded directly to the center’s website at these URL:

Residencies for Artists

Residencies for Canadian Authors

For any questions, contact the ENE team:


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Image: Ewa Sadowska, 2017 © Est-Nord-Est, résidence d’artistes / Jean-Sébastien Veilleux photograph