McLuhan House Open Call | Arts Habitat Studio Residency

Calling all local artists, craftspeople, and cultural workers!

Please send submissions to McLuhan House Open Call by the deadline, at midnight on April 3, 2017.

I think of art, at its most significant, as a D.E.W. line, a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.
—Marshall McLuhan

Individual artists and collaborative teams in all disciplines are encouraged to submit a self-directed project proposal for a one-year Studio Residency Program at McLuhan House beginning June 1, 2017.

Arts Habitat is seeking submissions from local artists to develop work-in-progress and produce original work, including, but not limited to, visual art, craft, curatorial practice, dance, design, new media, performance, photography, sculpture, sound, video and writing. The Artist-in-Residence will have the opportunity to engage with Arts Habitat staff and community, as well as guests of McLuhan House’s many events. Project proposals relating to Marshall McLuhan or his work are considered an asset.

We would like to thank each applicant for the time and effort it takes to send a submission.
Please contact Chelsea Boos, Community Programmer for Arts Habitat Edmonton, at for more information about the McLuhan House Open Call or the Studio Residency Program.

Beginning last May, McLuhan House has played host to a studio in the garage workshop, supporting five local emerging artists with space to meet, produce work and build community embedded in a vibrant network of cultural workers, researchers and heritage lovers. The inaugural residency was awarded to a collective called Tennis Club —consisting of Megan Gnanasihamany, Morgan Melenka, Marie Winters, Alyson Davies, and Renée Perrott— which engages art and cultural practices on themes including competition, sport, sexuality, leisure, and performativity.

Canadian Art Magazine writes,

Previous performances have involved participating in groundbreaking ceremonies for new condo developments, meeting Calgary’s mayor, guiding people through sidewalks in construction zones and cheering on recreational runners with Gatorade and participation ribbons. Their determination is laudable, all the more so since the gestures themselves tend toward the poetically impractical. Still, equipped with matching outfits, tennis racquets and the veneer of authority brought about by positioning themselves as a team, the emerging collective is always ready to tackle the complexities of suburban Edmonton’s attitudes towards sport, gender and leisure.
“Gang Up: 16 Great Canadian Art Collaborations” by Alison Cooley, Daniella Sanader. June 27, 2016.

Arts Habitat Studio Residency Program continues for its second year at the historic McLuhan House! We encourage artists of all disciplines and backgrounds to apply by April 3 at midnight.

Arts Habitat Edmonton is committed to equity and inclusion in all aspects of its work, and invites all potentially interested artists regardless of race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, sexual orientation, source of income or family status.