Mentoring program


Call for applications



THE EXTERNSHIP | L’EXTERNAT 2017 (December 2016 – May 2017)


Mentors: Evergon (artist), Karen Tam (artist) and Marie-Claude Landry (curator)


Deadline: November 21st, 2016


Les Territoires launches its new mentoring program: The Externship.

Emerging artists are now invited to submit their application!



About The Externship


The Externship is a mentoring program for emerging artists. Three guest mentors, the team of Les Territoires and various contributors will follow the process of six emerging artists on the course of six months, through a series of workshops oriented towards career development. The program focuses on artistic practice development (critical exchanges, studio visits, short creation residency), while also aiming at professionalization (project proposal writing, opportunity research, accounting and financial management, sale and marketing, etc.).


The Externship is adaptable to the needs of its participants. The goal is to help emerging artists find an effective working pace and establish a balance between the creation, promotion and administration of their career. The program will take place from December 2016 to May 2017, at the average pace of one meeting (4 hours) every two weeks.



Mentoring formula


The Externship 2017 program will be overseen by the artists Evergon and Karen Tam, as well as the curator of contemporary art of the Musée d’art de Joliette, Marie-Claude Landry. The mentors will share their expertise and accompany the artists in the development of a project through regular meetings. This partnership formula aims to create a platform for exchange and support between artists from different generations.



Mentors’ biographies


Evergon is an important figure of contemporary photography. His work addresses homosexual representations through a discourse that shakes received social ideas. Masculine sexuality is often depicted in a crude but real manner. On the technical level, his photographic practice has led the way to new working methods, notably with his unusual use of Polaroïd.

Evergon lives and works in Montréal, where he taught for many years at Concordia University. His work was widely presented in Canada and the United-States, but also internationally (China, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and France).


Marie-Claude Landry occupies the position of curator of contemporary art at the Musée d’art de Joliette since 2011. She has worked for different Montréal museums as well as various galleries, among which artist-run centres and cultural centres. Her recent curatorial projects include the exhibition Milutin Gubash. Les faux-semblants. To this day, she has coordinated nearly thirty exhibitions, among which the biennial Trafic’Art : Les formes du temps. She was a member of the jury for the 2013 Sobey Art Award, served on various administrative boards and selection committees, and collaborated to many publications.

Karen Tam is an artist whose research focuses on the various forms of constructions and imaginations of cultures and communities, through her installation work in which she recreates spaces of Chinese restaurants, karaoke lounges, opium dens, curio shops and other sites of cultural encounters. She has exhibited her work in Canada, Europe, and the US since 2000.
Tam lives and works in Montréal and holds a MFA in Sculpture from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths (University of London). She is a contributor to Alison Hulme (ed.) book, The Changing Landscape of China’s Consumerism (2014), and to John Jung’s book, Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurant (2010).





The candidates must have less than 6 years of professional practice* and not be currently enrolled in an academic program.


* 6 years or less since your first solo exhibition; or 6 years or less after graduation from a visual arts degree or equivalent.


Participants should be available for the whole duration of the program (December 2016 – May 2017).


Your project proposal must include:

– Your CV including contact information;

– A letter of intent describing your expectations and ambitions for The Externship;

– An artist statement about your process / current projects (maximum 500 words);

– Visual documentation of previous or current projects: maximum 15 files (videos links and/or images – maximum 1MB per file);

– List of image captions/credits.


To submit your application via email:


Please send your files on November 21st 2016 at 11:59pm (Eastern time) the latest.