Saturday, October 14, 2017

ART GALLERY OF BURLINGTON announces the call for the third JOHN WILLARD FIBRE ARTS RESIDENCY for fibre artists. Deadline for application is December 1, 2017.

We are pleased to share this important opportunity with you today. The JOHN WILLARD FIBRE ARTS RESIDENCY was developed with the goal of offering opportunity to one area artist annually who demonstrates an interest and commitment to focus their skills over the next year on all new, original work through both time at the AGB and the possible sharing of their skills and work during scheduled Art Gallery of Burlington programming during the months leading up to an AGB Solo Exhibition by the Artist in Residency at the end of the Residency period. 

The requirements and rewards of this Artist Residency are available below. A pdf copy may be obtained through an email to ROBYNNE COLE, SAQA member and AGB Board member at  robynnecole [AT]

The John Willard Fibre Arts Residency 
My sole purpose is to create something beautiful something that will make someone happy and with any luck something that will outlive me. I also hope my art helps people to see…everybody LOOKS but do they really SEE?
                                                                                                    - John Willard

The Art Gallery of Burlington has opened the call for the third John Willard Fibre Arts Residency for fibre artists.

About John Willard

After trying his hand at theatre costumes and set designs, John Willard worked for 23 years as a Publicity and Programming Assistant at the Oakville Library. In 1975 he came across an exhibition catalogue titled The Pieced Quilt that was the turning point in his artistic life and he began making quilts. With scissors, needles, threads and fabrics, he created his own designs.

Some were inspired by traditional patterns he had deconstructed, others by historical events; his quilts are one of a kind. Not one to follow the rules of tradition, John turned the craft of quilting into a truly remarkable art form. John passed away on April 26 2014. Loving partner, brilliant artist, extraordinary teacher, special friend and wonderful man, he touched the lives of all who knew him.

About the John Willard Fibre Arts Residency

To celebrate the remarkable life of John Willard and to continue his legacy as a fibre art teacher, the John Willard Fibre Arts Residency Fund will enable fibre artists access to one of the AGB resident fibre studios to develop a body of work for a solo exhibition.

This exhibition will benefit from a small brochure including curatorial text, and will be presented in the RBC Gallery at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

The residency will provide: 
· $2000 honorarium
·  A solo curated exhibition with publication
· 10 days in one of our fibre studios (dates to be confirmed)
· Curatorial mentoring in person to the successful candidate from the beginning of the exhibition to the end of the residency
· Potential invitation to teach in our hands-on program or a specific workshop

This residency is for: 

·  Professional artists (including recent graduates) in Fibre Arts

·  A self-motivated individual able to work in a communal environment (shared studios)  

                         NOTE: The AGB is open some evenings and weekends.

To apply, please send the following by December 1, 2017

              o   Cover letter

o  Your resume or CV (maximum of 3 pages)

o   Proposal for the work you would like to do during your residency
(maximum one page)

o   Up to 10 images

o   All work should be original

o   Do not include student work

o   Image format JPG: 1024 x 768 dpi

o   Two letters of reference

                    Please direct your application package to:

Denis Longchamps, Artistic Director & Chief Curator Art Gallery of Burlington

1333 Lakeshore Rd Burlington ON L7S 1A9
Telephone: 905-632-7796,
extension 303
or by email:

Previous recipients:

2015: Karen Cummings

2016: Chandra Rice