The Roundtable Residency is a peer-mentored and self-directed experimental artist residency program, with an emphasis on emerging artists. Formerly hosted at The Dragon Academy in Toronto, Roundtable is currently operating as an entirely online residency, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The primary goal of the residency is to assist artists in the development of their practice, and to facilitate collaborations among artists and other practitioners with disparate methodologies and experiences. To this end the residency provides collaborative programming; critiques and constructive feedback from members of the arts community in Toronto; workshops and other skill/community-building events; and unique peer-to-peer mentorship opportunities.
Each year selected artists work both individually and collaboratively to develop distinct, well-rounded artistic works and projects throughout the course of the program; engaging with that years theme in the way most befitting their own practice. This culminates in an online exhibition of finished works, works-in-progress, and other experimental outcomes of the residency.
Roundtable embraces the experimental nature of peer-to-peer mentoring and knowledge sharing, and the possibilities of chance occurrences that happen when new voices get together. Artists are encouraged to be ambitious, to work experimentally and collaboratively, and to connect with the other participants of The Roundtable Residency and broader arts community through workshops, critiques, discussion groups and public exhibition. The outcomes of these activities are open to the public, in the hope of furthering artistic discourse and creating new avenues of exposure for emerging practitioners.
CALLS + NEWS
The call for our 2021 Remote Residency is now open! To learn more about the call, or to apply, please visit the Online Application Form.
Current Board / Director:
Alexia Bréard-Anderson – Board Member
Alexia Bréard-Anderson (she/her) is a writer + arts administrator of Argentinean descent, born as a settler to Tkaronto. She is dedicated to forging space for emerging creatives through intuitive + collaborative arts programming based in care and equity. Alexia has a web of experience overseeing group and solo exhibitions, talks, workshops, events, screenings, publications and mentorship programs. Alongside a BFA in Art Criticism & Curatorial Practices from OCAD University, she recognizes the abundance of ancestral, community and earth-based knowledge that informs her everyday learning and unlearning. Alexia is currently the Director of Xpace Cultural Centre and 2021 Mentor-In Residence at the Toronto Arts Foundation.
Melina Mehr – Board Member
Melina Mehr is an independent curator and writer whose work focuses on social justice, transgenerational memory, and storytelling. She received her Master of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto, where she concentrated on reframing art history and curatorial practices in opposition to historical and modern white supremacist frameworks. She has held curatorial, research, and programming positions at several local galleries and museums over the last decade. Melina currently runs a small contributor-based publication, invisibilities zine, and is a team member of The Asian Canadian Living Archive (TACLA). Most recently, she started a laid back newsletter called Official Record where she considers how preserving and upholding connections with each other and the land can counter the ways in which internalized capitalism has fractured our sense of community support and care.
Kesang Nanglu – Board Member
Kesang Nanglu is a curator and arts administrator. She holds a master's degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University in Drawing and Painting and Art History. She has curated exhibitions at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto and The Brandscape, and previously worked at the Aga Khan Museum as Program Coordinator. She is currently an associate at Corkin Gallery.
Sam Roberts – Board Member
Sam Roberts is an artist and writer living and working in the downtown area. His work often critiques institutional systems by using comedy and failure to expose the massive holes in the operation of those institutions.
Roberts’ graduated from OCAD University in 2016 with a BFA in Drawing and Painting and a minor in Integrated Media. In his artwork he generally uses painting, installation, projection, and interactive programming. In his writing, he often uses words.
Maximilian Suillerot – Board Member
Maximilian Suillerot is a queer multi-media artist holding French and Mexican nationalities, currently living and working in Toronto. Born and raised in Mexico City, Maximilian began their artistic training in Paris (France) at Les ARCADES. They continued their studies at the University of Toronto where they obtained a B.A (Hons) specializing in Visual Art Studies.
In their practice, Maximilian plays with concepts that encompass the duality of presence and absence in queer settings. They are concerned with psychological processes, as well as the limits of intimacy. The notion of memory is questioned and put to the test. Grief and fiction meld with aspects of personal narrative to reveal a comical discomfort and rituals are created as coping mechanisms to deal with life. Throughout their work, the reality of uncertainty is exposed, and all of its consequences are accepted.
B Wijshijer – Board Member
B Wijshijer is an artist and researcher based in Tkaronto (Toronto), working within digital media, video and performance. Informed by acceleration aesthetics, their work plays with excess and artifice to interrogate the ways in which late capitalism affects our digital lives. Wijshijer received their BFA in Printmaking from OCAD University in 2017 and an MFA from the University of Waterloo in 2020.
Richard Williams – Director
Richard Williams is a contemporary, New Media artist operating out of Toronto. His practice is centred around Global Capitalism, looking specifically at themes such as precarity, Neoliberal ideology, capitalist intersections with information technology, and the evolving ways in which time and place are understood in a globalized world. His work often takes on the form of active processes, making use of existing infrastructures to either expand or frustrate viewers' understandings of the systems they interact with. Drawing heavily upon contemporary theory as the backbone to his work, he makes use of both digital and physical systems with a focus in conceptually driven web art and site-dependent installation.
More recently, he has begun to expand his practice to include works which address his own experiences with economic precarity.
Morris Fox – Co-Founder
Brandon Dalmer – Co-Founder
Dr. Meg Fox – Board Member (and much more)
Since its founding in 2013, Roundtable has hosted over 150 artists and other creatives in our annual summer residency program. Below is a list of Roundtable alumni for each year, along with the theme of that years residency. You can also click here to see the work of our 2019 Online Residents, or here to see the current exhibition of our 2020 Residents.
2013 // PASSAGES
Aaron Robert Duarte + Ali Christensen + Brandon A. Dalmer + Brian Schirk + Cameron Stott + David Hanes
Felix Kalmenson + Hugh Mater + Jessica Vallentin + Matthew Tanner + Mikki Benaglia + Morris Fox
Rebecca Noone + Sebastian Koever + Shannon Garden-Smith + Sona Safaei-Sooreh + Tyler Vipond
2014 // DIALOGUE
Neil LaPierre + Humboldt Magnussen + Ash Moniz + Brandon A. Dalmer + Erin Rei + Jesi the Elder
Abbe Findley + Mohammad Rezaei + Julia Kansas + Lisa Folkerson + Lauren Pelc-McArthur + Natalie Logan
Anni Spadafora + Morris Fox + Laura Hudspith + Tyler Vipond + Tobias Williams + Brianna Lowe
Iris Fraser + Anna May Henry + Rebecca Noone + Zoe Alexis-Abrams + Bridget Moser + Andrew Zukerman
Sara Maston + Gabriel Parniak + Nick Silvani + Nicholas Zirk + Zeesy Powers + Randy Gagne
Dana Buzzee + Alvin Luong + Ivana Dizdar + Jack Bride + Holly Timpener + Andi Clifford
Sebastian Koever + Melina Sevilla + Sam Abel + Ursula Handleigh + Lukus Toane + Heather Weston
Juliane Foronda + Shannon Garden-Smith + Shannon Linde + Emily Smit-Dicks + Jennifer Laiwint
2015 // VERSUS
Robin Clason + Connor Crawford + Zoe Downie-Ross + Miles Forrester + Halloway Jones + Kunsang Kyirong
Sol Legault + Nadine Maher + Adria Mirabelli + Tough Guy Mountain + Aliya Pabani & Onyeka Igwe
Louise Reimer + Polina Teif + Joële Walinga & Dylin North + David Woodward
2016 // PRECARITY
Maya Ben David + Samantha Burns + Emma Carney + Adrienne Crossman + Brett Despotovich
Sanjit Dhillon + Sol Legault + Rachel Lott + Lindsey Luckevich + Maddy Mathews & Cotey Pope
Alison Postma + Jonathan Rotsztain + Amy Siegel + Luke Siemens + Robbie Sinclair + Lisa Smolkin
Maximilian Suillerot + Richard Williams
2017 // CARE
Maddie Alexander + Julia Dickens + Hannah Epstein + Emily Harrison + Emerson Maxwell + Emily Moriarty
Sophia Oppel + Cadence Planthara + Wei Qi + Sam Roberts + Lauren Runions + Blair Swann + Polina Teif
Zhizi Wang + Xuan Ye
2018 // ENTANGLEMENT
Saba Akhtar + Ella Bot + Andrew Hoekstra + Enna Kim + Jessy Kitchen + Katie Kotler + Steven Lourenço
Alvin Luong + Catherine P. + Colin Rosati + Ronald Siu + Josi Smit + Maximilian Suillerot
Amanda Warner + Becca Wijshijer + Kendra Yee
Writers // Sophia Oppel / Sam Roberts / Laura Demers / Despoina Peichamperi
2019 // RESISTANCE
Hudson Christie + Michelle Cieloszczyk + Kaythi + James Knott + Hailey Kobrin + Eija Loponen-Stephenson
Aaron Moore + Angus Tarnawsky + Atleigh Homma & Katrina Takeda + Quinn Buckler + Ronnie Clarke
Marisa Gallemit + Robin Love + Nikole McGregor & Carlos McGregor + Alicia McKenzie + Noah Page
Sebastian Benitez & Alejandra Paton + Writers > Angel Callander / Dallas Fellini
2020 // GAP YEAR
Evelyn Austin + Kevin Brophy + Kristi Chen + Gabby Coates & Skylar Eyre + Emergensies Collective
Kayla Drzewicki + Andrew Finlay Stewart + Angela Glanzmann + Nicole Ji Soo Kim + Tee Kundu
Luke Maddaford + Laura Ohio + Philip Leonard Ocampo + Kitt Peacock