Call for artists2

*Update: This call has closed.*

CLEAR is a marine science laboratory that specializes in marine plastic pollution and we’re also invested in creating methods and protocols based in equity, humility, a sense of place, and anticolonial justice. We’re looking for artists–poets, storytellers, writers, photographers, and/or visual artists–to join us in this pursuit. Artists-in-residence would undergo laboratory training and participate in some of our scientific work, including weekly lab meetings. Artists will work with other lab members to think about what kind of work should be done, how it can be done ethically and collaboratively, and how it should be shared and circulated. Such questions are central to all work produced at CLEAR.

We are open to the type of art or creative production, but we expect all work to be created in the laboratory. We do not have the capacity (or desire!) for toxic methods like oil painting, nor do we have space that can be designated for a single person’s activities in the lab whether they are a scientist or an artist. As such, CLEAR is best suited to poetry, storytelling, photography, and visual methods that are small and dry/ish.

Artists-in-residence will be offered a stipend of $2400CAD, plus travel to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (capped at $1200CAD). We expect around 120 contact hours or four weeks of continuous residence at least. This is somewhat negotiable based on individual circumstances. Residency can occur at any time between January and August 2020. Housing is not included. Local artists are welcome to apply.

To apply: Send the following to Max Liboiron at

  • An email with your full name, type of creative production, the ~4 week period desired, and contact information
  • A 1-page statement about your approach to working and the synergies you see between your work and CLEAR’s goals. Please review our website and our short documentary film (13 min) to aid in this, since fit is the greatest determinant of success
  • A portfolio of 5 works maximum

The deadline for application is January 24, 2020. We will post here when the position is filled (no need to email!). We expect to host between 1-3 artist-lab members from January to August 2020. Questions can be addressed to

While CLEAR is wheelchair accessible, the majority of Memorial University campus where we are based is not.

Update (January 14, 2020): We are impressed and humbled by over 100 responses in the first few days of the call. We are working through submissions as quickly-but-carefully as we can. Thank you for your applications and patience!