Mortem is a residency for artists interested in death to explore the concept from many points of view and to meet the people who work with death regularly. The residency will facilitate daily excursions led by deathcare workers, historians, artists, curators and biologists.
Artist talk: We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.
Momentum Moris: Vanitas in art history, a guided tour of the collection at the National Gallery of Canada
Paliative care: Talk with a death doula.
Home funerals and vigilling.
Green burials and coffin building
History of death rituals and body disposition practices
Guided tour of the Beechwood Cemetery
Burial: Visit a funeral home to learn about standard burial processes and crematorium
Anatomy: Visit a University anatomy lab to find out what happens to bodies donated to science
Collect recently deceased birds with FLAP
Tour of the National Museum of Nature’s large skeleton collection in the archives
Haunting: Seminar lead by paranormal investigator.
Duration of residency
The residency will take place over a week in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada in the autumn of 2020.
Disciplines supported and technical information
All disciplines are supported.
Residents will be picked up in Ottawa and driven to the Ayatana residency house, where they will have a bed and bedding and will be driven to all activities. Meals will be provided.
Studio/ work space
Indoor and outdoor work space is available
Residency fee is $1300 USD
Expectations towards the artist
Residents are not expected to produce work during the program. Residents are invited to give a 20 minute artist talk to the group.
Application instructions are on the program website
Residency places are limited to 6 artists. Selected applicants will be notified shortly after the application deadline.