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Artists in Residence

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Luminato Festival Toronto is pleased to announce the 2022 cohort of 5 local artists in its Artists in Residence (AIR) program. 

Luminato’s AIR program is a residency for Toronto-based mid-to-senior career artists, working in any genre or medium, who are prepared to expand their professional network, share their knowledge with other artists, and develop their personal practices in ways that reflect Luminato’s mandate for visionary large-scale works. A committee of arts community leaders and Luminato team members selected 5 provocative local artists from over 85 applications. 

At Luminato, we believe that creating space for artistic practices away from the pressures of the gig-economy is essential to the healthy and dynamic growth of individuals, communities, and cities. Led by Associate Artistic Director, Dian Marie Bridge, Luminato has expanded the 2022 residency into a 6-month paid program in support of this belief. The residency focuses on intentional relationship building between artists and their communities. It is structured around group workshops, dinners, walks, informal conversations and other strategies which cultivate relationships and expand networking opportunities. The 5 resident artists are encouraged to deepen affiliations with other artists working in different mediums while continuing to develop their own project.  

“The AIR program is designed to support and enhance participants’ work on individual projects, evaluate the artists’ role and responsibility in society, and to propel them to the next phase of their work. The program focuses on connecting artists to Luminato’s resources, international networks and, most importantly, to each other,” says Luminato Associate Artistic Director, Dian Marie Bridge.

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Luminato’s Artists in Residence is Supported by Power Corporation of Canada and Metcalf Foundation

Artists in Residence 2022

Ansley Simpson
  • Singer-Songwriter
Candice Dixon
  • Designer
Viv Moore
  • Dance

Selection Committee

Dian Marie Bridge, Associate Artistic Director, Luminato Festival Toronto 

Natasha Courage Bacchus, Olympian, performer, 2020 AIR participant 

Sally Frater, Curator, Executive Director, Oakville Galleries 

Nadine Villasin Feldman, Director of Programming, Myseum of Toronto  

Ashley McKenzie Barnes, Curator, Creative Director, Design Lead 

Kafi Pierre, Producer (AIR), Luminato Festival Toronto 

Sarah Barrable-Tishauer, Partnership and Events Manager, Luminato Festival Toronto 

Tamar Ilana Cohen Adams, Social Media Coordinator, Luminato Festival Toronto 

Cassandra Popescu, Digital Content Manager, Luminato Festival Toronto 


Learn more about the 2020 Artists in Residence Cohorts

The inaugural AIR cohort convened in July 2020 as a direct response to industry-wide calls for arts organizations to examine their practices in relation to access, equity, and inclusion. The 2020 summer AIR program hosted 10 Black GTHA-based artists led by Dian Marie Bridge. The 2020 fall AIR cohort welcomed 10 Indigenous artists under the facilitation of Luminato Curatorial Associate, Denise Bolduc. This year’s program welcomes 5 artists from a diversity of communities and artistic practices.

Artists in Residence – Summer 2020

Djennie Laguerre
  • Actress
  • Arts Educator
  • Director
  • Playwright
  • Storytelling
Evond Blake (MEDIAH)
  • Digital Artist
  • Graffiti Artist
  • Mixed Media
  • Muralist
  • Printmaking
Nadijah Robinson
  • Collage
  • Mixed Media
  • Muralist
Natasha ‘Courage’ Bacchus
  • Deaf Advocate
  • Elite Athlete
  • Theatre
Natasha Powell
  • Choreography
  • Dance
Oluseye Ogunlesi
  • Multidisciplinary Artist
  • Performance
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Ravyn Ariah Wngz
  • Abolitionist
  • Burlesque
  • Dance
  • Storytelling
Travis Knights
  • Believer
  • Choreography
  • Tap Dancer
Tuku Matthews
  • Mentor
  • Music Composer
  • Performance
  • Singer-Songwriter
  • Sound Designer

Artists in Residence – Fall 2020

b.solomon
  • Nanabozho/Trickster: Human-Crow, Choreographic storyteller
Christa Couture
  • Broadcaster
  • Cyborg
  • Singer-Songwriter
  • Writer
Christian Chapman
  • Film
  • Maker
  • Visual Art
Christine Friday
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Film
Greyson Gritt
  • Music Composer
  • Singer-Songwriter
Jessica Lea Fleming
  • Film
  • Playwright
  • Theatre
Michaela Washburn
  • Actor
  • Clown
  • Spoken Word
  • Writer
Nick Sherman
  • Musician
  • Singer-Songwriter
Syreeta Hector
  • Choreography
  • Dance
Taqralik Partridge
  • Poet
  • Spoken Word

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