Visiting Foreign Artists Program
The Visiting Foreign Artists program from the Canada Council for the Arts provides grants to Canadian professional arts organizations to encourage visits by individual professional foreign artists of outstanding achievement. Organizations may invite an individual artist from any foreign country.
The Visiting Foreign Artists Program assists arts organizations in welcoming artists from other countries to Canada. Successful projects demonstrate that there is a great advantage in looking at artistic and audience development in terms of exchange and reciprocity. The increased understanding of international perspectives that comes from cross-cultural artistic exchange is a wider cultural benefit of this program.
Under the Visiting Foreign Artists program, grants are available in fixed amounts which range from $500 to $3,000. While in Canada, the visiting foreign artist is to direct workshops, teach master classes for professional artists and/or – in the fields of inter-arts, media arts, visual arts, theatre, writing and publishing – give artist talks.
The following foreign artists were able to come to Canada through the support of the Visiting Foreign Artists Program:
- In 2012, Ola Khalidi, founder of Makan Space in Amman, Jordan, an independent contemporary art centre that encourages experimentation in concepts and production, presented to the Institutions by Artists: the Convention on the specific opportunities and challenges of artists’ self-organization practices in the Arab world. She also contributed to the Institutions by Artists book that was published leading up to the event in 2012.
- In September 2013, Shanghai artist Chen Hangfeng came to Canada for a two-week residency to present his Garden of Invasive Species at Gendai Gallery in Toronto. This project reflected on issues of immigration, politics and human dominance over nature.
- In June 2014, OBORO GOBORO in Montreal hosted Colombian multidisciplinary artist Waira Nina, in collaboration with OKINUM, to give a master class at OBORO, and to coincide with the 9th International Encuentro of Performance and Politics in the Americas.
For more information, please see: http://canadacouncil.ca/council/grants/find-a-grant/grants/visiting-foreign-artists-program
The Visiting Foreign Artists program is expected to help Canadian professional arts organizations to be able to host more foreign artists from a variety of countries, and to allow Canadians to learn from diverse artists who are outstanding in their fields.
The increased understanding of international perspectives that comes from cross-cultural artistic exchange is a wider cultural benefit of this program.
The total grant amount for the Visiting Foreign Artists program in the 2013-14 fiscal year was $126 250 CAD.