Hear/d Residency Program

Fall 2017 Hear/d Residency Exhibition


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WHEN: November 23 – December 7, 2017

RECEPTION: November 30 at 6:00PM

WHERE: ACAD Main Mall (1407, 14th Avenue NW)

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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 has been part of a larger provincial wide initiative for the last four-years, which was funded by the Alberta Campus Mental Health Innovation (ACMHI) fund. Students’ Associations across Alberta have had 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, this funding period concluded. ACADSA is now the sole funder of the Hear/d Residency program.
Questions? Email ACADSA’s Health + Wellness Coordinator at wellness.acadsa@acad.ca.
Hear/d Residency Guidelines
Call For Submissions – Winter 2018 (Click Here to Apply)
Past Exhibition Catalogs
Now Hiring Hear/d Program Mentors: ACADSA
Call for Volunteer Jury Members


Past Exhibition Catalogs

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