Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art announces Call For Applicants

The Winnipeg-based Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art will host two iterations of their Summer Institute and is now accepting applications. The Summer Institute is an international post-graduate artist research program for professional artists and thinkers working in all disciplines and media. The second session will feature lead faculty and facilitator, Norwegian- Sámi artist/architect, Joar Nango, for an intensive session focused on Indigenous architectures.

For more information about Session I, visit:

DEADLINE for applications: March 25, 2019, 5pm CST

Session II will start August 6th and run until August 16th. Foregrounding Indigenous approaches to design and alternative models of social space, Nango will lead participants through a series of texts, discussions, guest lectures, workshops, and studio time for the first week, engaging local, Winnipeg-based, Indigenous architects and thinkers. Participants will be encouraged to produce individually, with the possibility to work with Nango on a new piece by the Winnipeg Rivers, generating a reciprocal engagement to producing work in the second week. The seminar and workshop is open to visual artists of all kinds as well as writers, critics and scholars.

A number of other visiting artists, curators and theorists will visit the Summer Institute for additional lectures, discussions, and studio visits still to be determined. Plug In ICA invites applications for participants who will work collaboratively in a peer-to-peer environment based upon their own interests and projects, as well as by exploring and aligning their work with collaborative or group activities which will be planned during the session.

This critical discursive opportunity will take place in Plug In ICA’s purpose-built facilities, with an adjoining workshop, art research library, gallery, bookshop and café. Plug In ICA is located at the heart of downtown Winnipeg and adjacent to the Winnipeg Art Gallery within walking distance to various amenities for new visitors to the city.

There is no application fee for this program and everyone is welcome to apply. The standard tuition fee of $300.00 CDN has been generously covered by Winnipeg’s Johnston Group. All other costs associated with participating in this program are the responsibility of the participant: meals, accommodation, travel, travel insurance, materials and related production costs.

Participants must also be Plug In ICA members in good standing, for an additional fee of $35 CDN (artist members). Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by the end of April 2019.

Application forms can be downloaded from the website:

All applications should be sent to [email protected]

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are on Treaty One Territory, the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Métis, Cree, Dakota, Dene, and Oji-Cree Nations.