A new creative residency in Austria for Québec artists

MONTRÉAL, June 2, 2014 - The President and Chief Executive Officer of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), Stéphan La Roche, and the Governor of Upper Austria, Josef Pühringer, reached a cultural partnership agreement that was signed in the presence of the Québec Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Christine St-Pierre, at the 7th Conference of Heads of Government of Partner Regions, which was held today in Atlanta. The agreement secures a reciprocity agreement that will enable artists to reside for a two-month creative sojourn in Linz, Upper Austria, or in Sherbrooke, Québec.

“I am pleased to see the expansion of cultural cooperation between Québec and Upper Austria. This agreement will not only promote the sharing of talent between Québec and Upper Austria, it will also be an excellent showcase for the creativity of our artists on the international stage,” said Minister Christine St-Pierre.

“Creative residencies are a marvellous occasion for our artists to enjoy rich and stimulating experiences and to build productive collaborations while, at the same time, giving them an opportunity to develop their professional careers. CALQ’s network of creative residencies has become a global reference. I warmly congratulate the Conseil for its work in promoting the vibrancy and excellence of Québec’s artists and expanding their influence in the international arena,” said the Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, Hélène David.

“It is always very stimulating to work with partners who share the same passion for the arts and humanities and who believe in the importance of encouraging the expression of creative talent. I am delighted with this new creative residency in Upper Austria, which adds to the prestigious network of facilities in 18 countries and 24 cities that we have developed over the past 20 years,” said CALQ President and Chief Executive Officer Stéphan La Roche.

The two-year agreement is aimed at creating a reciprocity program for professional artists from Québec and Upper Austria in the fields of visual arts and digital arts. The program will allow a Québec artist to reside for a two-month creative residency in Linz and an Upper Austrian artist to complete a two-month creative residency at the SPOROBOLE Centre in Sherbrooke. This agreement resulted from the interest shown by the Government of Upper Austria at the Atlanta meeting to establish a cultural partnership with Québec. The application deadline for this residency is June 9, 2014.

CALQ creative residencies

For some twenty years now, CALQ has developed, in partnership with government departments, private foundations, artists’ organizations, and other arts councils, a network of creative residencies for artists and writers of different generations and all disciplines. CALQ aims to support and encourage creators by giving them the appropriate means to create and disseminate their work. It grants bursaries each year to enable creators to complete a residency in Canada and in 18 other countries with which Québec wishes to develop lasting cultural ties. In return, CALQ welcomes artists from the three Americas, Europe and Africa.

This year CALQ is celebrating 20 years of support for the creations, experimental works and productions of artists and writers from across Québec and promotion of their work in Québec, across Canada and abroad. To find out more about CALQ and its creative residencies: www.calq.gouv.qc.ca/artistes/studios_prog.htm

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