The New Road to Art Program Unveiled!


December 19 2022





Le Carré des Lombes - Montréal-Marrakech - Crédit Luca Lanelli

Le Carré des Lombes - Montréal-Marrakech - Crédit Luca Lanelli

Launched last June, this brand-new program is designed to support organizations and collectives interested in developing international residencies. Intended to strengthen intercultural dialogue, discuss innovative artistic practices, create closer ties with countries related to Montréal’s various diasporas, and inform the research and creation of the City’s artistic community, this initiative brings all of the Conseil’s international residency programs together into a single program with two components: Prospecting and Partnership.

Nine organizations or collectives were selected to implement component 2 by developing innovative residences with established partners, totalling $181,365 in grants. The following is an overview:

One-year project recipients

Mehdi Bahmad

Artistic collaboration in a digital age: How digital technologies can bring cultures closer together
Non-traditional artistic practices

In partnership with the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden and the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie, a residency will be established for virtual creations, followed by a round table taking a fresh look at the possibilities for artistic collaboration available through the digital universe, in an effort to raise participant awareness of the dialogue between cultural influences in Montréal and in Marrakech.

Nadère Arts Vivants

Residency with CAMP-iN in Mérida, Mexico
Non-traditional artistic practices

The CAMP-iN company is creating a 50-hour creation residency that includes a revival of the residence for the processual piece, La forêt. The project brings 27 emerging performers and artists from the Mexican scene together with 4 Montréal performers.

Espace de la diversité (EDLD)

EDLD residency – Dentro La Terra in Italy

EDLD wants to develop a residency program for writers in partnership with the Dentro la Terra residency located in the Abruzzo region of Italy.

Le Carré des Lombes

Creation residency project at the Institut français de Marrakech

The Institut français de Marrakech is inviting choreographer Danièle Desnoyers (Le Carré des Lombes) for a two-week creation residency to advance research and creation work on the Montréal-Marrakech artistic collaboration with choreographer Taoufiq Izeddiou (On marche Festival in Marrakech and Anania Danses).

Victoria Mackenzie (FRGMNT)

Never Not Moving, Residency Tour in Mexico

Victoria Mackenzie and her artistic team are heading out on a round of residences with the Never Not Moving project. This four-week residency will travel through Mexico City, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta and Mazunte, Mexico. In collaboration with their logistics director, Areli Moran, the artistic team will pursue its creation work, deliver workshops and offer public performances to local dance communities.

Two-year project recipients

L’Idylle arts vivants

“Intersection,” Montreal–Portugal multidisciplinary residency biennial
Non-traditional artistic practices

L’Idylle – arts vivants will present “Intersection,” a biannual creation residency for 11 Montréal artists in Águeda, in the heart of Portugal’s cultural region of Aveiro. While strengthening collaboration with the municipality, arts centre, local festival and Águeda international residency program, this project offers an intercultural immersion experience.

Three-year project recipients


Research and creation cross-residencies for puppeteers

This project is intended as a three-year reprise of research and creation cross-residencies for professional puppeteers, launched in 2017 with the support of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. Casteliers will work with established partners to enable one Montréal puppeteer a year to enjoy a creation residency abroad for an introduction to various contemporary cultural and artistic realities.

Le Groupe La Veillée

Transatlantic extension of “Résidences en mouvement” (REM)

The purpose of the application is to extend the “Résidences en mouvement” network at the Théâtre Prospero (Montréal) over a three-year cycle. The REM’s objective is to encourage the movement of practices and artists between different territories by promoting hospitality. It consists of five European organizations: Balsamine (Belgium), Grütli (Switzerland), Théâtre de Poche in Hédé-Bazouges (France), the Santarcangelo Festival (Italy) and the KET (Greece), with new additions the Prospero and the Periscope (Quebec). Each organization selects and recommends artists for residencies with other organizations.

Quartier Éphémère, visual arts centre

A cross-residency between the Fonderie  Darling and the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
Visual arts

The Fonderie Darling and the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (ESW) are developing a research-creation cross-residency program to strengthen major visual arts networks in Quebec and Scotland and develop international pathways to professionalization for artists. Between 2023 and 2025, three Quebec artists will travel to ESW in Edinburgh and three Scottish artists will complete a residency in Montréal at the Fonderie Darling.

Congratulations to all recipients!

To find out the names of recipients for Part 1: Prospecting, check out this article.