156 Studio Projects is an artist-run space that is dedicated to embracing, exploring, and reconsidering the creative process by subverting the often-unacknowledged nature of process though programming that emphasizes the intricacies and social interactions in the act of making itself. Through screening seminars, artist residencies and other experimental process-based exhibitions, 156 Studio Projects provides professional arts opportunities that nurture creative exploration to emerging artists, encourage collaboration between disciplines, and hosts educational public events for its general audiences.
Since 2010, 156 Augusta has operated as a multidisciplinary workspace in Kensington Market for creative professionals. In 2018, independent emerging curator, Philip Ocampo, and studio director, Mike Ellis, developed 156 Studio Projects, an independent collective adjacent to 156 Studio.
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The 156 Studio Residency
The 156 Studio Residency is a free month long residency in support of Toronto-based emerging artists and designers. Spanning a duration of a month, the artist in residence will have 24/7 access to a 7’ x 13’ workspace in the studio area of 156 Studio Projects, located in the heart of Kensington Market. The resident artist will be invited to use the space for the purposes of making new work, continuing current projects or researching future projects. The studio’s lower exhibition space will then be used as a venue to exhibit the work made during the residency or a piece of programming in relation to the work made during it.
This residency prioritizes artists that are Indigenous, Black, people of color, women, LGBTQ2+, people with disabilities, and other marginalized communities.
Mike Ellis – Executive Director
Priam Givord – Manager
Philip Ocampo – Programming Coordinator