Hear/d Residency Program


To facilitate a research driven arts + design program whose goal is to raise 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 has its own central theme of Recovery and Healing, relating to mental health issues currently experienced by 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
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 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.


The ACADSA Hear/d Residency program has been 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, 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.

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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Past Exhibition Catalogs

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





Hear/d Residency Guidelines
Past Exhibition Catalogs
2016/17 Call For ACAD Submissions