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Urban Art Biz webinar series -Scott Benesiinaabandan – Artist’s R...

Urban Art Biz webinar series -Scott Benesiinaabandan – Artist’s Residencies

Artist(s): Scott Benesiinaabandan
Start: June 23, 2021 12:00 pm
End: June 23, 2021 1:00 pm
Galleries: Online

Urban Art Biz webinar series -Scott Benesiinaabandan – Artist’s Residencies

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2021 AT 12 PM UTC-05

Free online

Presented in partnership with Creative Manitoba and Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery


How do you find, apply and have a successful artist residency? When you’re working to make it as an artist, residencies allow you the space and opportunity to create and pursue your art career goals. Residencies provide you with the time, support, and continued education to develop your art practice. There is a wide range of residencies out there, and no two artist residencies are the same. Residencies can be fully funded or require payment from the artist to participate. They range in support, prestige, facilities, and location. That means in order to find a residency that is worthwhile and will be beneficial to your career, you need a plan of action to make sure that you are applying for the right opportunities. Plus, when you find that perfect match, you will want to ensure you are a competitive applicant.

Scott Benesiinaabandan – Artist Biography

Scott Benesiinaabandan is an Anishinaabe from Obishkkokaang. Scott is an intermedia artist that currently works in experimental image making and sonic materials.Scott is currently resident in Montreal, where he has completed a MFA in photography.

Scott’s current research interests are intersections of artificial-intelligence and Anishinaabemowin, Scott has completed international residencies at Parramatta Artist Studios in Australia, Context Gallery in Derry, North of Ireland, and University Lethbridge/Royal Institute of Technology iAIR residency, along with international collaborative projects in both the U.K and Ireland. Scott has completed residencies with Initiative for Indigenous Futures and AbTec in Montreal.

Benesiinaabandan has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council and Conseil des arts des lettre du Quebec. His work can be found in a number of private, provincial and national collections.

Benesiinaabandan has taken part in several notable exhibitions across Canada and internationally, Harbourfront’s Flatter the Land/Bigger the Ruckus, ,Subconscious City at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, GHOSTDANCE at Ryerson Image Centre and solo exhibitions; unSacred, at Gallery 1C03 and in Sydney,Australia, mii omaa ayaad/Oshiki Inendemowin , Melbourne with Blood Memories, little resistances at Platform Gallery, Insurgence/Resurgence (2017) and recently completed a public commission for CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto.

Artist Statement

My most recent work has been centered on cultural crisis/conflict and its political and cultural manifestations, located and contextualized around issues of Indigeniety from a global perspective. More broadly it seeks to addresses a continuing development and creation of a deeper personal cosmology originating in the ideas of reclamation and sovereignty, the impacts and effects of relationships and familial/communal ties, non-conventional ways of knowing (ie. dreaming, intuition, blood memory, collective subconscious), underlying tensions and complexity inherent in searching for truth and how these impacts radiate out into wider communities. Building on my world-views and borrowing strongly from my past (non-artistic) works, active seeking and fostering of collaborative artistic projects continues to be a deeply meaningful and fruitful avenue of investigation and creation.

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Urban Art Biz is a a series of online workshops focusing on the business side of art from an Indigenous perspective. Throughout our series, we will touch on protocols, decolonization, grant writing, residencies, mentorships, galleries, appraisals, creating an artist collective, northern galleries and how to create an online gallery 360 degree viewing of your work. Our goal is to provide insight into the professional world and work of Indigenous artists and Indigenous galleries.