Are you local to the Calgary area? Do you seek innovative ways to engage with community? Do you have a passion for the avant-garde, spirited dialogue and exploration of ideas?


TEDxYYC invites all Calgary and area based artists from a visual art medium to apply for our second year of the Artist in Residence program for our event.

This call is open to emerging artists whose permanent place of residence is Calgary area, Alberta and who have completed their training or demonstrated a body of work in their chosen field. As part of the residency, the artist will be required to create a new artistic creation for installation at the 2019 TEDxYYC.

Applications will be reviewed and selected artists will be provided with further information in regards to the TEDxYYC 2019 theme and interviews.

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  • 2019 residency program dates: March 1st, 2019 – June 1st, 2019.
  • The residency is intended to fund a creation of a new artist work inspired by the theme for the 2019 TEDxYYC. The work may be a visual presentation, or installation intended for a lobby exhibit or the TEDxYYC Stage. This decision is at the discretion of the TEDxYYC committee.
  • As part of TEDxYYC support of these projects, a series of meetings will be conducted with the curatorial and production teams to discuss content, budget, timeline and execution of the project. A project proposal may be adapted and updated based on the outcome of theses conversations.
  • Applicants are responsible for transportation of their project to and from to the TEDxYYC venue, any presentation equipment (easels, projectors, screens, etc) and for any expenses that fall beyond the expense limit as set for the artist in residency program.  Where possible TEDxYYC will assist in the presentation of the exhibit but the costs of the presentation/ installation should be considered in the budget under project and are the responsibility of the artist.
  • A creation developed as part of the TEDxYYC residency is not automatically scheduled for a public presentation at TEDxYYC. The decision to include a project in TEDxYYC programming is made separately from the decision to support a residency.
  • Expenses will be paid only when the artist has completed the project and participated in the 2019 TEDxYYC event. Should the TEDxYYC committee choose not to include the project in the event programming funds for expenses shall be paid provided the artist has completed the work on the project. This decision is at the discretion of the TEDxYYC committee.
  • Length of the project is 4 months culminating at the 2019 TEDxYYC event. All projects should be able to be completed with that time frame.
  • All applications will be considered. Individual application feedback will not be provided. Please note that the residency program does not include accommodation or studio space.
  • As part of the residency artists maybe asked to engage in interviews, meetings, presentations to the public, and/ or social media regarding the residency and their work.
  • The artist is seen as an independent contractor and not a representative of TEDxYYC, TED or its affiliates.
  • The Artist should be prepared to install or perform their creation at the event on their own. Where possible TEDxYYC will provide technical or installation support.
  • The Artist who have already participated in artist-in-residence programs organized by TEDxYYC or another TEDx organization are not eligible for participation.
  • A representative from TEDxYYC will check in with the progress of the project several times prior to the event. Schedule of check-ins will be set after March 1st, 2019.
  • The Artist will be asked to compete a final report on their residency after the completion of the program.
  • Eligible expenses include but are not limited to paints, artistic materials, rental of studio or rehearsal space, post production services. Artist fees are not eligible as an expense. Expenses outside this list must be approved by the program coordinator prior to expenditure. Capital costs are not eligible. Artist will be asked to submit receipts for the expenses and submit an expense report.
  • While we encourage a diversity of ideas and themes all projects must adhere to the TED organizational mandate. Projects should not endorse specific political, religious, or commercial endeavours or ideals.


Select artists will be contacted for further information and interviews.



Artist shall maintain ownership of creation at all times. TEDxYYC retains the right to exhibit or present the creation at no fee during the 2019 TEDxYYC event including photography or videography showing the art.



To be eligible artist must have their prime residence in Calgary or area, Alberta. Artist must have had training in their chosen field or demonstrate a proven track record of creation in their field.

Artists working in the following disciples are invited to apply:

Visual arts
Art photography
Video and media art

**TEDxYYC welcomes great diversity in applicant’s background, projects, goals and discipline.
Applications are open to individuals or teams. Groups should assign a primary contact for the group that will be responsible for the communications for the group, check-ins and final reporting. A single award of up to $1500 will be paid for the project regardless of the number of artists involved in the project.
Only one application per artist or team per year.



  • Two (2) tickets to the 2019 TEDxYYC event.
  • Up to $1500.00 CAD towards the materials or expenses of the creation.
  • A TEDxYYC liaison to support the creation and execution of the project at the 2019 TEDxYYC event.

Apply now or contact for more information.