The following were the artists in residence in 2020:

Paulette Phillips – educator and artist, Toronto

Paulette Phillips
Photo: Paulette Phillips
Paulette Phillips is an artist known for her emotionally affective work. Attracted to domestic structures, she uses lens-based strategies informed through philosophy, feminism and forensics to sift through these haunted sites. Her new film, The Quoddy Fold, had recent exhibitions at The Bonavista Biennale in Newfoundland, DOKFest in Kassel, Germany, and at the MSVU Gallery in Halifax in 2020. Phillips has exhibited her work at venues that include the Tate Modern in London, England, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, France and the Musée d’art contemporain in Montreal. She was a 2019 finalist for the Ontario Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, and her work is in a number of public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Oakville Galleries, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her work is represented through Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art in London, England. Phillips teaches time-based and contemporary art practices at OCAD University in Toronto.

Luce Dumont – visual artist and printmaker, Saint-Fabien, Quebec

Luce Dumont
Photo: Charles Maissoneuve 2019
Luce Dumont, visual artist and printmaker, lives near Rimouski, Quebec. Formerly trained as a botanist, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (from Laval University), and a master’s short program in the study of the artistic practice (from the University of Quebec at Rimouski). Driven by a sense of challenge and curiosity, she resorts to representations of nature as metaphors of human realities. Her practice in drawing and etching embodies her ecological as well as esthetical considerations, and focuses on such notions as duality between life/death, and silence/revolt. Her work has been presented in solo or group exhibitions in Quebec, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Scotland.

Sameer Farooq – interdisciplinary artist, Toronto

Sameer Farooq
Photo: Yuula Benivolski
Sameer Farooq is a Canadian artist of Pakistani and Ugandan Indian descent. His interdisciplinary practice investigates tactics of representation and enlists the tools of sculpture, installation, photography, documentary filmmaking, writing and the methods of anthropology to explore various forms of collecting, interpreting and displaying. The result is often a collaborative work that counterbalances how dominant institutions speak about our lives: a counter-archive, new addition to a museum collection, or a buried history made visible. With exhibitions at institutions around the world – including the Aga Khan Museum (Toronto), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), The British Library (London), the Institute of Islamic Culture (Paris), the Lilley Museum (Reno), the Vicki Myhren Gallery (Denver), the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Maquis Projects, (Izmir), Trankat (Tétouan, Morocco), the Sol Koffler Gallery (Providence), Artellewa (Cairo), and Sanat Limani (Istanbul) – Farooq has received several awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Europe Media Fund, as well the President’s Scholarship at the Rhode Island School of Design. Reviews and essays dedicated to his work have been included in Canadian Art, The Washington Post, BBC Culture, Hyperallergic, Artnet, The Huffington Post, C Magazine, and others. He was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2017 and 2018.

Gabrielle Moser – art historian, writer and curator, Toronto

Gabrielle Moser
Photo: Laura Findlay
Gabrielle Moser is an art historian, writer and curator. She is the author of Projecting Citizenship: Photography and Belonging in the British Empire (The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019) and her writing appears in publications such as Artforum, Canadian Art, Journal of Visual Culture, Photography and Culture, and Prefix Photo. Moser has held fellowships at the Paul Mellon Centre for the Study of British Art, the Ryerson Image Centre, and the University of British Columbia, and was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Brown University in 2017. A founding member of EMILIA-AMALIA, Moser holds a PhD from the art history and visual culture program at York University in Toronto and is an Assistant Professor in art history at OCAD University.

Julie Mannell – prose and poetry author, literary critic, cultural commentator and essayist, Toronto

Julie Mannell
Photo: Sarah Bodri
Julie Mannell is an author of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and criticism. She was the recipient of the Constance Rook and HarperCollins Scholarships, the Mona Adilman Poetry Prize and the Lionel Shapiro Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, and was named on the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize shortlist. In/Words Magazine named her one of the Top 30 Poets Under 30. Mannell's work has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers and journals. In 2019, she was the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Nebraska. Mannell is a professor of creative writing at George Brown College and an acquisitions editor at Dundurn Press in Toronto.

Kate Barss – writer, Toronto

Kate Barss

Kate Barss is a queer writer living in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Catapult, The Hairpin, The Awl, Taddle Creek and others. She has been shortlisted for prizes in Room Magazine, Prism International, Event Magazine and others. One of her short stories appeared on Wigleaf's List of Top 50 Short Fictions of 2018.

Gita Hashemi – artist, curator and writer, Toronto

Artist, curator and writer Gita Hashemi’s experimental transmedia practice spans over 30 years, encompassing work that draws on visual, media, performance, site-specific and live art strategies. Exploring social relations and the interconnections of language and culture, Hashemi’s work centres on marginalized histories and contemporary politics. She has received many art grants, and her work has been exhibited at festivals, galleries and museums nationally and internationally, reviewed extensively, and won local and international awards. Most recently, her project Grounding, produced during an Open Space Lab residency at the Carlton University Art Gallery, was selected as the best exhibition of the year in 2017 by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.