Hear/d Residency Program

Spring 2017 Hear/d Residency Exhibition


WHEN:  Friday, March 31  to Wednesday, April 12

RECEPTION: Wednesday, April 5 from 5:30-7:30PM.

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

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To facilitate a research driven arts + design program with the goal of raising awareness towards mental health issues while offering students the opportunity to gain hands on practical skills related to their field of study.


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 will have its own central theme of Recovery and Healing, relating to mental health issues currently experienced by post-secondary students.

Drawing on this theme, the AiR 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 researching, developing, creating and curating 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 + wellbeing of post-secondary students, while also connecting members from different disciples in the college. Artists working across all mediums who share a deep interest in these issues are invited to gather, brainstorm and create.


The ACADSA Hear/d residency is part of a larger provincial wide initiative and is funded by the Alberta Campus Mental Health Innovation fund. Students’ Associations across Alberta have had the opportunity, through the Alberta Students’ Executive Council, a provincial lobby group that ACADSA is a member of, 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.

If you would like to know more about the ACMHI funding, ASEC, or the ACADSA Health + Wellness Program please do not hesitate to contact any member of the ACADSA team.

Past Exhibition Catalogs

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


Artist Residency Opportunity for Grade 12 Students

This ten-week artist residency asks students to create work centered on the theme of healing and recovery as related to mental health. The Hear/d Residency invites participants to collaborate on researching, developing, creating, and curating an exhibition that allows our community to safely explore these themes, while offering hands-on experiences that directly relate to the fields of art, craft, creative research, and design.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017.

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Please see the ACADSA Heard flatsheet for more information.

Hear/d Residency Guidelines
Past Exhibition Catalogs
2016/17 Call For ACAD Submissions
2016/17 CBE Hear/D Submission Form