*Photo credit: Miyuki Inoue’s studio view, summer residency 2019 © ENE/Jean-Sébastien Veilleux photographer
Est-Nord-Est (ENE) is an artist-run centre whose mission is to provide an international community of artists and authors in contemporary art with support by offering space and time for research and experimentation, as well as privileged access to local resources and knowhow.
The centre is situated in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, a village on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, in a unique geographic and historical locale. The predominant aspects of the landscapes are farms, forests, and the river. Saint-Jean-Port-Joli is situated 115 km from Quebec City and 350 km from Montreal.
Originally based on the idea of encounters between sculptors with contemporary practices and those using regional traditional skills, ENE now welcomes contemporary visual-arts artists from all disciplines. The residencies at ENE are intended for professional artists, both established and emerging, from all over the world. They offer artists and authors an opportunity to explore their research more deeply, to experiment, and to create in a cultural space that is unique, lively, and stimulating. ENE is a member of Res Artis, Pépinières européennes de création and of the Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec.
The eight-week residency periods, which bring together four artists and one author in the field of contemporary art, are offered in spring, summer, fall, and, in 2020 for the first time, winter. In summer 2019, Est-Nord-Est moved into its new building created and designed specifically for artist and author residencies. The centre’s expertise in hosting residencies oriented the choices made when its premises were built. This new architectural concept places exchanges, friendly relations, and technical and logistical assistance at the heart of the experience offered to residents. Through these choices, the centre once again reaffirms its innovative position with regard to art residencies.
Residency periods are as follows:
Spring: April 20 to June 12, 2020
Summer: July 6 to August 28, 2020
Fall: September 14 to November 6, 2020
Winter: February 1 to March 26, 2021
Duration of residency
8 weeks, 4 times a year
Private room, shared bathrooms
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Visual arts in all disciplines. We provide hand tools and equipment for sculpture, and have a woodshop, a metal shop, and ceramic kilns.
Studio / Workspace
Individual workshops, woodshop, metalshop, common workshop
Fees and support
CAD $1,530 Residency honorarium
Expectations towards the artist
Artists are expected to present their approach and research interests at the beginning of the residency, and present their research/experiments carried out during the residency at the end of the residency
Your application must include: The completed registration form; curriculum vitae (maximum two pages, PDF format); an artist’s statement (maximum one page, PDF format); a text presenting your research, experimentation, or production intentions, including any specific needs in terms of technical resources, if applicable (maximum one page, PDF format); a portfolio of 10 to 15 images (JPG format); accompanied by a description list of the images. For videos, provide a link (Vimeo, YouTube), accompanied by the password, if applicable. Make sure that the videos will be accessible until April 1, 2020. You must name your file as follows: 2020-21_last name_first name