Artist in Residence: 2016 GardenSpace

Are you looking for land to grow a project in 2016? We might have just the space for you!

Means of Production Artists Garden

Call for Proposals 2016

The annual residency bed at the MOP garden is available for the 2016 growing season for a local artist/ artist team to grow a project. The residency bed is a “living lab,” a place to experiment in environmental art and the connection between agriculture and art. We welcome project submissions that make use of the land, the growing season, and connect with the local community. A strong presence in the garden is encouraged.

Gloria Tsui, one of the 2015 artists in residence harvesting  her  indigo crop

The Annual Residency Bed:

Approx. 25 ft by 17 ft the plot is mostly sunny and sits at the top of the garden, close to the sidewalk on E. 6th. An apple tree is on the S/E corner of the bed and is tended by EYA for annual pruning.

The bed is surrounded on two sides by a short, living-willow fence, residing artists are welcome to trim and use the willow clippings throughout the season. Flowers, weeds, fruit trees and blueberry bushes surround the site perimeter. The soil is very fertile, tends to get weedy and is ready for seeding or planting.


The selected artist/artist team will be responsible for keeping the site tended and cared for, including watering the top garden once a week in exchange for the land use.

Access to all garden tools in the shed provided.

The artist/artist team is responsible for fund raising any costs attached to the project, there is no funding provided to the project by EartHand or EYA. The selected artists will be added to the garden’s general liability insurance for workshops with the public, and space assistance for project-related, off-site workshops is possible at nearby Trillium North Park.

The artist(s) in residence will work with lead artists on site in planning an appropriate time to feature the project at a public celebration, the garden normally hosts 1-2 tea parties a year for community.

Documentation of the project can be shared on the MOP website, and EartHand and EYA can send out regular updates on the project through monthly newsletters.

Once a month, work parties are held at MOP from January-October. The artist/artist team is welcome to participate and get to know the garden and community, at these events many hands can be available to assist with the artist’s project as required.

Access and use of crops grown at MOP is very possible, please state in your application any crops you think you are wanting to access.

Past artists in residence spend generally 60-100 hours on site through the season, it is possible if individual artists apply that they will be paired with another artist if proposals seem compatible for sharing space and existing crops.


  • project statement of intent- max 500 words
  • project timeline- I page, include approx. planting times, any community events, approx. harvest
  • V.
  • Artist statement
  • Artist bio
  • 2-5 j-peg images of past related work with image list or video under 5 minutes

Connection to the community?

If you have a connection to the area, please provide a short ( 250 word) description of your involvement in the local community.

  • Put your address and email contact on your project statement
  • Label each file with your last name and email with attachments to earthandgleaners(at)

Deadline January 11 2016

Notification: February 1 2016


2015 artist in residence Sarah Anne Eby’s spring  preparations.



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