2023 Research Series: Artist-In-Residence Call For Submissions

2023 Research Series: Artist-In-Residence Call For Submissions

Research Residency runs February – April 2023 in Winnipeg, MB

The Research Residency is an annual program designed to support the kinesthetic and choreographic inquiries of artists engaging in dance and/or movement-based research. 

The residency provides resources such as artist fees, studio space, public presentation, documentation, and platforms for discussion. 

The purpose of the residency is to allow for in-depth research, critical thinking, risk-taking, professional development, skill enhancement, and creative exchange. 

While the Research Residency culminates in a public presentation, the program refuses the pressures of a finished product or conclusion.

Three (3) artists or artistic teams will be selected to participate in the 2023 Research Residency via the following application process. No less than one (1) of these teams will be led by an artist based in Manitoba, and up to one (1) of these teams will be out-of-town-led. The Residency will take place in Winnipeg, MB. We encourage applicants from local and national contexts to apply. *YLDE is happy to provide letters of support for selected out of town artist(s) seeking additional funding to cover travel and living costs while in residence.

Young Lungs Dance Exchange (YLDE) is committed to the principle of equitable access and strives for a fair, cooperative, respectful, and safe environment that protects and promotes human rights and affirms the dignity of all persons. A minimum of one (1) Black, Indigenous, or artist of colour (or artistic team-lead) will be selected of the three (3) projects. We encourage you to self-identify. 

YLDE has funds set aside to support a portion of accessibility-related costs. We are happy to work together with artists to secure the appropriate and necessary budgeting requirements. 

 Applications will be reviewed and chosen by a selection committee.


Resources facilitated by YLDE during the residency:

  • $3,500 in fees per artist or artistic team
  • Access to 40 hours of studio space 
  • Engagement and discussion of work by written and visual creative responders
  • Public presentation of the research
  • Video and photo documentation 
  • Public endnote exchange with all residency participants

Each artist/group is required to adhere to the following:

  • Adapt research to meet current Covid-19 safety protocols
  • All artists involved must be available to share their research at the public Research Residency Presentation as well as being available for the public Endnote Essayist Presentations and Discussion  *dates decided with selected artists
  • Participate in discussion at the Research Residency Presentation and Endnote Presentation
  • Be open to sharing their processes with two essayists-in-residence (a writer and a visual artist) as well as with other participating artists-in-residence through studio visits, cohort meet-ups, and postmortem 
  • Submit a final report at the end of the residency detailing activities, experience, and feedback


To apply, please email the following information in a single PDF attachment with the subject line: Research Residency Submission

Email to younglungs.wpg@gmail.com 

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  Friday, December 2, 2022

1. Contact Information: Full name, pronouns, email, address, phone number.

2. A description of the research inquiry (700 words max.): Explain the inspiration for your inquiry and why you wish to dive into it at this time. Discuss your proposed research process.

3. Artistic statement (400 words max.): For collaborations and/or artistic teams, this can be a combined statement or include the statements of each applicant.

4. CV (two-pages max.): For collaborations, please include one CV per collaborator.

5. Biography of the lead artist(s) (each 250 words max.): If you are selected, this text will be used for promotional purposes (press release, website, social media, etc.).

6. Two items of support material with written context (500 words max.): This can include recent dance or movement work/research, or relevant materials to provide context for your research proposal. 

Support material can be sent in the form of weblinks (Youtube or Vimeo) embedded in the PDF package, image files attached to the email, and/or text included in the PDF package. 

The jury will be asked to spend no more than 8 minutes on each submission’s support material. 

Please provide information on what you would like the jury to focus on and how the support materials relate to your proposed research inquiry.

7.  Budget: This is a critical part of the application. Make sure you are allocating enough funds towards maintaining a professional rate for all collaborators. YLDE suggests using the following guideline for dance artist fees – The CADA/West recommended MINIMUM for an hourly wage is $26.00/hr for professional artists. Materials, mentorship/consultation, travel costs, and specific requirements should also be considered in the budget. 

Note: YLDE covers up to 40 hours of studio rental outside of $3,500 artist fee.

For questions, including further accessibility information, please do not hesitate to contact younglungs.wpg@gmail.com (Jillian Groening and Erica Urias, YLDE Co-Directors) and efrketich@gmail.com (Lee Frketich, Residency Coordinator)

Young Lungs Dance Exchange is a not-for-profit artist-run support organization committed to the development, creation, and presentation of contemporary dance and performance on Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

More information about Young Lungs Dance Exchange at www.younglungs.ca.

The 2023 Research Series is made possible with the generous support of Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts.

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