TAIS Artist in Residence Program is designed to offer opportunities for artists to expand and develop their practices and create independent work and/or present their work to the public through artist talks and workshops.

Julian Gallese

TAIS 2018 International Artist in Residence



Julian Gallese is an independent animation filmmaker from Costa Rica. Since studying Classical Animation at the Vancouver Film School, Julian has had his work shown in festivals and galleries around the world, including: the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Giraffest: Festival of Independent Animation, the Dawson City International Short Film Festival, Fest Anča International Animation Festival, the Hiroshima International Animation Festival, and TAIS 11th Annual Animation Showcase where his film “Cococo” was the runner-up/winner of an Honourable Mention for the Audience Award. Julian has collaborated with studios on the production of animation, and has worked for clients like MTV and LACMA. He has also been a guest speaker at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and CETAV (the Centro de Tecnología y Artes Visuales: Center for Technology and Visual Arts) in Costa Rica.





Plans for the Residency

TAIS looks forward to welcoming the artist to the studio in May 2018. While at TAIS, Julian will be showcasing a 360 immersive animation project that incorporates his style of classical animation, and will give a talk on his project at the conclusion of his time in Toronto. Stay tuned for announcements regarding dates for all public programming related to Julian’s residency.


Project statement by Julian Gallese:

For my time at TAIS, I will take advantage of the studio and its equipment to do something I couldn’t do in my own home, create a 360-video of a new animated short hand drawn film. Producing a Virtual Reality work will create a gateway to be inside one of my movies, making it a much more immersive experience which is what I ultimately seek with film making. This film will include two main narratives, set in two different gardens; both full of animated characters and small situations going on around the viewer. The whole video will be a seamless loop, and during it, both gardens will be alternating to allow options for exploring different transitions using both visual and sound elements. I am mainly interested in the medium that the project will be presented in. I will keep the animation short (1 minute max), but since it’s looping, it can be viewed for as long as the viewer wants. It will be a contemplative film about the characters interacting with each other – or the viewer- in this eerie garden.”



To read about past residency recipients, click HERE>>

TAIS programming is presented with the support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts


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