FIGHT BOREDOM ZINE RESIDENCY / Deadline to apply is April 5th, 2013.
THE DEADLINE HAS PASSED AND 2013′S RESIDENTS ARE LISTED BELOW. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO APPLIED – DON’T BE AFRAID TO APPLY NEXT YEAR!
About The Residency: The Fight Boredom Zine Residency was inspired by and modelled after the zine residency that takes place at the Roberts Street Social Centre / Anchor Archive in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Funding is graciously provided by the Union For Gender Empowerment. After years of traveling to various cities for zinefests and the like, I want to invite far-away zinesters to explore and create in my home base of Montréal, Québec.
How It Works: For two weeks, you will find yourself living at the Tulip Farm in beautiful Montréal, Québec. This is not a farm, but in fact an adorable two-bedroom apartment in the heart of St-Henri. You will be provided with a pullout couch, bedding, fun times, and a whole lotta zine supplies (I have basic craft supplies like paper, scissors and glue, as well as numerous typewriters). You’re encouraged to bring anything you feel you may need. Although we may be able to provide you with a small stipend for travel costs, you will be responsible for things like meals and public transportation – but don’t worry, we like to share food and we can find you an extra bike.
You’ll be staying with Amber Dearest, author of The Triumph Of Our Tired Eyes and Culture Slut, and proprietor of Fight Boredom Distro – a pink-haired weirdo who loves root beer, karaoke, and Anaïs Nin – and Stefanie Canadia, a longtime zinester, activist, and artist, who loves animals and is punk as fuck. This is a cat-friendly, vegetarian, alcohol-free and smoke-free household.
During these two weeks, you’ll be working on your project with the goal of finishing it on time for a launch party. But, we want you to get out and have fun, too! We’ll show you around the neighbourhood and do what we can to help you feel comfortable, plus you’ll have access to the Ste-Émilie Skillshare, which is only a five-minute walk away from the Tulip Farm and includes a screenprinting studio, a black-and-white darkroom, sewing machines, craft supplies and a workshop / gallery space. Other nearby goodies include grocery stores, a post office, parks, the Lachine Canal, the Atwater Market, and all kinda of secret spots for you to find.
Important Notes: The Tulip Farm and the Ste-Émilie Skillshare are both located in second-floor apartments and are, regrettably, not wheelchair accessible. There is a friendly cat named Sebastian who lives at the Tulip Farm, so you will ideally not have allergies. There are nearby train tracks, and while we love the sound (and imagined adventures!) of trains passing by, you may not. The Tulip Farm is only a two-minute walk from the metro, which means the rest of the city is basically at your fingertips. Please read the Ste-Émilie Skillshare’s mandate here and Fight Boredom Distro’s submission guidelines here. When applying, please keep in mind that if you live outside of Canada, you’re required to have a passport to enter the country. Feel free to send any questions our way.
How To Apply: Simply copy and paste the questions below, and send them, along with your responses, to amber.norrean @ gmail.com. I can’t stress enough how important it is to fill out the application in full, with the questions in order – it makes it a lot easier for us to read it when it comes time to choose a resident, and to skim to specific questions when necessary. You can also apply by snail mail – and we’d love to see any zines you’ve created in the past!
In a few sentences, please tell us about the project you’d like to work on during your stay.
Can you give us a brief timeline of your project? What would you like to accomplish during your stay? What is the goal of your project? How do you imagine the finished project? Feel free to include as many details as you’d like.
In the end, we’d like for you to host a launch party for your project, and / or a skillshare / workshop. Please tell us about some ideas and themes you might have for the final event.
Tell us about projects that you’ve worked on in the past. This can include zines, crafts, volunteer efforts, activist organizing, et cetera. Feel free to include your bio here.
Do you have a website?
What are some of your favourite books and zines?
What attracted you to the Fight Boredom Zine Residency?
How does your project fall within the Ste-Émilie Skillshare’s mandate, and within Fight Boredom Distro’s submission guidelines?
Are you comfortable in a house wherein meat, alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs are not to be consumed?
Residencies happen during two-week blocks in June, September, and October. Are there any particular dates that you’d prefer, or would you rather we choose? We’re flexible.
Amber Dearest / Fight Boredom Distro
344 rue St-Ferdinand
H4C 2S8 Canada
amber.norrean @ gmail.com