Malaspina awards scholarship residencies to students in the form of free studio rent. The four-month scholarship residencies take place from May to August while the eight-month scholarship residencies take place from September to April. The four-month scholarship residencies are intended for students returning to their studies in the fall. The eight-month scholarship residencies are aimed at assisting recent graduates with their transition to becoming practicing artists. We welcome applications from individuals from outside Vancouver; however, we cannot contribute funding for accommodation or travel. A jury will select the successful applicants based on a combination of factors, including the significance of their print-based artwork within the discourse of contemporary art and cultural theory. We encourage applications from art students who use print media within the scope of other practices or who approach print from an inventive and experimental perspective. We do not attempt to define print media or printmaking, rather we leave this expanding discipline open to interpretation.
We welcome proposals for collaborations in which artists can hire a technician to produce prints in our studio. We charge $50 per hour for collaborations, in addition to the standard rental rates. You are responsible for your own matrix, paper, and ink. The artistic merit and/or public engagement of the proposed project, along with the impact that it might have on other studio renters, is taken into consideration. Malaspina is entitled to keep an archive and fundraising edition from every collaboration.
Research residencies are intended for established artists who intend to integrate print media into their existing practices. Limited funding for production, travel, and accommodation is available. Given the unique geography of Vancouver, artists who produce site specific work have found this residency especially useful, as have artists who engage with communities and geographies as part of their research material. During the residency, artists may be invited to give a lecture on their work and offer a workshop or demonstration of their specific technique(s). The program offers artists a unique opportunity to exchange ideas with other print artists and discover Vancouver's internationally acclaimed arts community while further developing their practice. To maximize the potential for artistic growth, an exhibition might be an outcome of a residency, but it is not a requirement. Artists are encouraged to apply for additional funding from their local/provincial/national arts funding bodies.
Visiting residencies are intended for established artists from outside of Vancouver and provide a new environment and stimuli for artists to expand their artistic practices. To maximize the potential for artistic growth, an exhibition might be an outcome of a residency, but it is not a requirement. Artists are encouraged to apply for additional funding from their local/provincial/national arts funding bodies.
If you are an artist and would like to apply to consign your prints, please submit up to ten jpg images of the prints (below 800 x 800 pixels), along with the title, year, media, paper, edition, paper height (cm), paper width (cm), and selling price. Artists are notified through email if they are accepted. They will then have to arrange for their prints to be delivered to us. The artist must wrap each print in a cystal clear flap seal bag (available from opusartsupplies.com or clearbags.ca). If a print sells, the artist will receive a cheque for 50% of the selling price at month end. Unsold prints may be removed at any time at the artist's expense. Please note that Malaspina is not responsible for loss or damage.
Since expanding the gallery in 2003, Malaspina has developed a dynamic curated exhibitions program that includes prints and installations by local, national and international artists. Our exhibitions are an integral component in fulfilling our mandate. We are dedicated to presenting contemporary artworks that reveal new directions in print culture. Artists whose works are presented within the curated exhibitions program receive an artist fee at industry standards. Exhibitions are both research and submission based. Submissions from artists are accepted on an ongoing basis. If you are an artist and would like your work to be considered for the curated exhibition program, please email the following attachments to info(at)malaspinaprintmakers.com (please consider our floor plan http://www.malaspinaprintmakers.com/floorplan.pdf in your proposal). As exhibitions are typically planned two years in advance, and as we receive a high number of submissions, we cannot guarantee that those who submit will receive an update as to their submission status.