Research and Production in Animation

The TAIS Artist in Residency Program supports the production of new animated work by artists in TAIS Studios through a combination of funding and in-kind resources. Annually, the program invites one Canadian artist and one International artist to engage in self-directed research and production towards the completion of a new independent animated film, video, or project. The residency includes a combination of monetary funding and in-kind use of studio space, equipment and resources at TAIS Studios.

TAIS 2019 Canadian Artist in Residence is Alisi Telengut

Alisi Telengut is a visual artist, animator, and filmmaker based in Montreal, Canada. She creates animation frame by frame under the camera, with painting as the medium, to generate movement and explore hand-made and painterly visuals for her films. Her recent works received multiple international awards. In addition to being screened at Sundance, Slamdance, TIFF, AFI, and various worldwide exhibitions as animation, these films have also contributed to ethnographic and ethnocultural research archives.


Plans for the Residency

TAIS looks forward to welcoming the artist to the studio for 3 months, starting in May 2019. While at TAIS, Alisi will give a talk on her project in development and her artistic practice to date. Stay tuned for announcements regarding dates for all public programming related to Alisi’s residency.

TAIS Canadian Artist Residency is three-months long. The goal for the Canadian Artist in Residence is to emerge with a finished work. The selected Canadian artist is awarded $9,000, comprised of $3,000 in-kind towards 3-months of studio space, equipment and resources at TAIS Studios, and $6,000 in cash funding for their project.

Project statement by Alisi Telengut:

“The project that I will pursue during the Canadian residency at TAIS is a short animated film titled ‘The Fourfold’. Inspired by the animations of the South African artist William Kentridge, the project will be animated by hand with the under-camera technique and workflow. Based on the shamanic and animistic beliefs and rituals in Siberia and Mongolia, the film is about the fourfold structure of sky and earth, gods and mortals. By re-considering the idea of animism and its beliefs and practices, the film attempts to offer an opportunity to include indigenous knowledge and experience in order to have a truly universal outlook and (re-)write more inclusive histories.”




TAIS 2019 International Artist in Residence is Paulina Ziolkowska


Paulina Ziolkowska. Film director, illustrator and graphic artist. Born in Wrocław, Poland. She studied graphic design at the Academy of Art and Design in the same city and animation and special effects at the Polish National Film School in Łódź. She directed short animations such as: Oh, Mother! (2017) and Bless you! (2018). Currently she lives and works in Berlin


Plans for the Residency

TAIS Residency for international artists takes place over 4 consecutive weeks. Artists receive $2,000 CDN in cash, plus in-kind studio space and equipment use in TAIS studios, valued at $1,500.

TAIS looks forward to welcoming Paulina to the studio in September 2019. Stay tuned for announcements regarding dates for all public programming related to Paulina’s residency.



To read about past residency recipients, click HERE>>

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

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