The 809 Residency is an artist-run space that provides a venue for the discussion and dissemination of local, national, and international contemporary art. 809 is located within a garage in the residential community Kensington. Because it is surrounded by houses and dwellings it has the advantage of spreading the consciousness of contemporary art to a broader and hopefully unsuspecting audience. 809 aims to provide a supportive experience for the artists in residence and encourages all mediums and methods of art making. As another alternative space to commercial galleries, garage galleries, and government funded artist-run centers, 809’s approach to supporting art is flexible and almost bureaucracy-free. It is the aim of 809 to spread appreciation and initiate new and exciting art in Calgary.
The residency will host an artist or collective for a minimum of one month, in which time the artist or artists will have the space to their disposal. The end of their residency will culminate in a weeklong exhibition. The objective of which will allow the Artists a chance to create a small body of work, present their ideas through a series of monthly artist talks, and to present their work in a venue readily accessible to the art community of Calgary.