Jérôme Havre, Legacy (work in progress still), 2015, Courtesy of the artist.
The Artist-in-Residence Program in the Weston Family Learning Centre forges a new channel of creativity and audience engagement for the Art Gallery of Ontario. The first of its kind at a major Canadian art institution, the program engages with the art community directly and meaningfully, while creating an experience for visitors that is intimate and unique. The residency program allows the AGO to contribute significantly to the evolution of individual artistic endeavours, leading the way for experimentation and growth in the field of contemporary art practice.
The Anne Lind Artist-in-Residence Studio is a dedicated space within the Learning Centre for the artist-in-residence, allowing visitors access to the creative process. Residencies grant the artist institutional support, access to facilities and a stipend covering materials and living costs. While the residencies are fundamentally artist-driven, each practitioner is invited into the AGO to create and develop new work and ideas that interface with our visitors and that leave a lasting legacy in keeping with the mission and mandate of the gallery. Drawing on the possibilities within the collections and exhibitions, the residency becomes a platform from which the artist can transform the AGO in a powerful way and develop outcomes including (but not limited to) community partnerships, exhibitions, classes, workshops, family and children’s activities, online projects, interventions, publications and products.