The DePOT Artist in Residence (DePOT AIR) program supports creative engagements with the historical roots and lived experience of deindustrialization. We are interested in proposals that range across the performing, creative and visual arts, are rooted in deindustrialized areas in Italy, France, Germany, the UK, the US or Canada and that speak to the impact, and legacy, of mine, mill and factory closures. It invites grassroots artists from working-class, racialized and marginalized communities in deindustrialized areas to join our multi-year, interdisciplinary and transnational partnership.

Open call for applications

We will be seeking proposals for our program next Spring. Keep an eye out on this page or subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with DePOT.

Current Artists in Residence 

Photo: Jules Lister

Previous Artists in Residence 

Photo courtesy of Francesca Marconi
Photo courtesy of Russell Gendron

Previous calls for applications

The DePOT AIR program is inviting applications for two one-year fellowships (August 2023 – July 2024) centred on gender, family, and deindustrialization. One fellowship is reserved for artists outside academia. Individual artists as well as artist collectives are eligible. A second scholarship is for scholars who engage in art creation. A stipend of CAD $8,000 will be paid out in two instalments, the second of which will be at the project’s conclusion when the work has been presented to the Project’s Assembly in June 2024. Depending on where recipients are located, we will support recipients in acquiring additional outside funding or sponsorships for the creative art projects and will support their work in other ways (including transcribing oral history interviews when necessary). Recipients are expected to follow the project’s ethics guidelines for research-creation and attend the June 2024 conference in the UK for which expenses will be paid.

The creative work generated will be showcased in the artist’s home community as well as at the DePOT Project Assembly and/or thematic workshop, on the DePOT website, book series, and potentially be incorporated into the project’s culminating multi-site exhibition. Depending on the nature of the creative work, it is even possible that some of this artistic work might travel between partners on the project.

The deadline for applications year is May 29, 2023. Read the full call for applications in the language of your choice below: