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"Call for Artists: Art/Nature Residency in Quebec's Laurentian Mountains"
2003-01-01 until 2003-01-15
Boreal Art/Nature
L'Annonciation, QC, CA Canada

Circle with a Centre, a residency with Losang Samten, Tibetan monk and master sandpainter, along with 3 other artists will be held 26 July to 16 August 2003. Numerous cultures do not have a distinct word for art but, rather, understand art, spirituality and daily life as wholly interrelated. On the other hand, contemporary western art has become increasingly disconnected from the spiritual and healing practices of its society.  Seeking to explore and renew the connections between art, nature, spirituality and healing, Boréal Art/Nature is hosting the second residency of its ongoing series, Art and Healing.

Each of these residencies focuses on a unique vision and approach to the creative process, and presents an opportunity to expand ways of looking at, thinking about and interpreting art. It looks at the intention of the maker, the reasons for making art and the underlying processes that may contribute to healing.

"Circle with a Centre", invites an intercultural and artistic exchange with Tibetan monk and master sandpainter Losang Samten*, who, throughout the 3 week residency, will create a Tibetan sand mandala: a process of deep concentration, prayer, perfection and dedication. When the Tibetan mandala is finished, the sand is ritually swept together, put into a jar and with a ceremonious procession taken to a stream or river and poured into it-the dispersion ceremony. In the spirit of the process instilled by Losang Samten, three other artists are invited to work at the Art/Nature Centre according to their own unique vision and culture. Inspired by the ancient and contemporary art form, the mandala or cosmogram, symbol of sacred space and of the cycle of life, this residency explores the creative process as an integral aspect of a healing process. Here, traditional and contemporary practices will intersect, united by the need to make a significant gesture that furthers our understanding of renewal and regeneration.

If you are interested in being one of the artists in this residency, please send the appropriate visual and written documents by January 15th, 2003 to :

Boréal Art/Nature, P.O. Box 1109, L'Annonciation, Québec J0T 1T0

- 10 - 20 slides and /or video - CV - statement of intent and/or specific project description - self-addressed stamped envelope - any other relevant material

*Venerable Losang Samten: Born in Tibet, he escaped in 1959 to Dharamsala, India. Losang first attended the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, but later decided to enter Namgyal Monastery. In 1985 Losang received his Master of Buddhist Sutra and Tantra degree, and later became the monastery's Ritual Dance Master. He came to the United States to demonstrate the meditative art of sand painting in 1988. In 1989 he founded the Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia, and he later established other centers in Hartford CT, El Paso TX, and Reno NV. In 1995 Losang gave back his monastic vows and entered a lay practitioner's life. In the film Kundun, he was employed as religious advisor, master sand painter, and actor. He has created sand mandalas at the Philidelphia Museum of Modern Art and at the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina.

Boréal Art/Nature, an artist-run centre based in the Laurentian mountains in Quebec, has developed an artistic process based on the urgency to understand and reestablish the relationship between art and nature. Through its activities, Boréal has developed two complementary contexts: nomadic art/nature expeditions in Canada and around the world, generally involving ten to fifteen artists of diverse origins, in expeditions ranging from two to four weeks; and artists' residencies at the 100-acre Art/Nature Centre in the Upper Laurentians in Québec, bringing small groups of two to five artists together, for a period of approximately three weeks, around themes which highlight particular and universal aspects of the nature/culture relationship. Both the expeditions and residencies are the occasion for privileged intercultural and interdisciplinary exchanges, and offer a context for an artistic process that favours creative research, inquiry and risk-taking. The results of these activities are presented by means of publications, videos, electronic documents, exhibitions, performances, lectures and workshops.

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