Hear/d Residency Program

Call For Submissions – Winter 2019 (Click Here to Apply)
Volunteer for the Hear/d Selection Jury (Click for more info)


The ACADSA Hear/d Residency (previously known as the AiR “Artists in Residence” Program) is a pilot project developed by the ACAD Students’ Association. The residency has its own central theme of resilience, relating to the journey of mental health issues currently experienced by many post-secondary students. Drawing on this theme, the Hear/d Residency program invites participants to explore concerns that are affecting post-secondary students in a creative and innovative way.

The Hear/d Residency asks students to collaborate on the research, development, creation and curation of an exhibition that allows our community to safely explore these themes while offering hands-on experiences that directly relate to the fields of art + design. Through group discussions, reflection, individual studio time, critiques, and workshops this residency will provide a platform for a diversity of creative activity that aims to raise awareness of the issues that are affecting the health and well-being of post-secondary students, while also connecting members from different disciplines in the college. Artists working across all mediums who share a deep interest in these issues are invited to gather, brainstorm and create.


“Being in good health means more than feeling physically well; it also means feeling mentally well. Today, we are more aware of how our mental and physical health affect each other. Setting aside time to focus on mental health is important – to you and those who care about you. Life is full of change, risks and challenges. Good mental or emotional health helps us find our balance and stay in control, even during turbulent times.”

– Canadian Mental Health Association (2017)


The ACADSA Hear/d Residency program was initially supported by a 4-year provincial wide initiative, which was funded by the Alberta Campus Mental Health Innovation (ACMHI) fund. Students’ Associations across Alberta held the opportunity, through the Alberta Students’ Executive Council, a provincial lobby group, to apply for funding in order to support mental health initiatives on campus. Each association is asked to consider the uniqueness and strengths of their campus when applying for ACMHI funding and to create a program that supports and connects with their students’ interests. As of 2017, the Hear/d Residency program is dually supported by ACADSA and the Post-Secondary Student Mental Health Grant.
Questions? Email ACADSA’s Health + Wellness Program Manager at wellness.acadsa@acad.ca.
Hear/d Residency Guidelines
Past Exhibition Catalogs
Call For Submissions – Winter 2019 (Click Here to Apply)
Volunteer for the Hear/d Selection Jury (Click for more info)


Past Exhibition Catalogues

Take a look at catalogs from past Hear/d exhibitions:







Now Hiring Hear/d Program Mentors (Click for more info)

and as it continues

Hear/d Residency Exhibition Fall 2018

2018-11-28 Heard Postcard _Front

WHEN: November 28 – December 12, 2018

RECEPTION: Thursday, December 6, 6 – 8pm

WHERE: Main Mall, Alberta College of Art + Design


  • Carmen Belanger
  • David Videla
  • Ebony Davis
  • Jasmine Whiteley Steel
  • Jenny Stead
  • Katelyn Liakos
  • Lily Pavle
  • Sergio Garcia Palma

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