Over the last 3 years I have participated in this great residency that is organized by a local fiber/textiles cooperative called 'Contextural'.

It's been a great opportunity to get back into repeat printing. Here I was able to fine tune and refresh my skills outside of the studio while in a community environment with like minded folks.

What follows is their call for submissions and for further information make sure to visit here...

Seeking Participants for the 7th Annual Contextural Self-Directed Summer Residency Program

For the past six years, Contextural: a fibre arts cooperative has held a hugely successful summer residency program within the studios of the Alberta College of Art + Design, Fibre Department. We are now getting ready for our 7th residency and are currently inviting expressions of interest from fibre artists and students who are interested in working within a co-operative studio setting and are seeking affordable studio space with specialized dye and print equipment.

We are seeking individuals who:

- Are interested in working within a co-operative studio setting

- Will be actively involved in, and contribute to, our community

- Seek access to affordable studio space and specialized equipment

- Are interested in sharing their knowledge and skills through teaching and collaboration

- Appreciate and practice the diversity of textile arts and craft

- Embrace an environmental approach to studio production

- Are ready to commit a fee of $250 for a three-month, or $150 for one-month summer studio rental and access to equipment

- Will contribute to the end of summer residency exhibition.

Interested parties should send an application to: with the subject ‘2014 Summer Residency Application’

Deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 30th 2014 @ midnight.

If accepted, residency fees are due with the acceptance form and supply order form by May 1st.

Dates for the one-month residencies are May 25 – June 29, and July 20 – August 24 with mandatory attendance for orientation & move-in Sunday, May 25 at 1:00pm or Sunday, July 20 at 1:00pm

Dates for the three-month residency are May 25 – August 24 with mandatory attendance for orientation/move-in Sunday, May 25 at 1:00pm.

Again this year, Contextural is offering the Contextural Summer Residency Scholarship to individuals applying for the three-month residency. The scholarship includes studio fees for the three-month summer residency ($250 value) and $250 for supplies. The scholarship will be awarded based on the quality and completeness of the application.

**Please note: Contextural Members are not required to submit a full application to participate in the residency. However, members must submit a full application for consideration for the Contextural Summer Residency Scholarship**

For questions regarding the Contextural Summer Residency, please direct them to Julie Baratta at

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