The externship 2018-2019




Les Territoires launches the second edition of The Externship Mentorship Program and invites emerging artists to submit their applications.

Mentors : Jeanie Riddle (artist), Sylvain Bouthillette (artist) and Kimura Byol-Nathalie Lemoine (artist and curator)

DEADLINE : Friday August 10th, 2018


About The Externship

The Externship is a mentoring program for early-career artists. Three invited mentors will follow the journey of six emerging artists over a six-month period, supported by Les Territoires' team and various contributors. Through a series of workshops and training activities, the program focuses on the development of the artistic practice (critical exchange meetings, studio visits, creative residency) and professionalization (project proposals writing, research, accounting and financial management).

The objective of the mentoring formula is to assist emerging artists in finding an effective balance between creation, promotion and administration of their careers. It also aims to create a platform of exchange and support between artists from different generations. 

The 2018 Externship edition program will be headed by artists Jeanie Riddle, Sylvain Bouthillette as well as the artist and curator Kimura Byol-Nathalie Lemoine. The mentors will share their knowledge and accompany participating artists in the development of their project through regular, organized meetings. The program’s activities will run from the end of September 2018 to March 2019, at the rate of one meeting (4 hours) every week.



  • Candidates must be early-career artists* ; they must have 6 years or less of professional artistic practice and should not be currently pursuing an academic program.

* More precisely, your candidacy dates from either 6 years or less since your first solo show; or 6 years or less after graduation in Visual Arts or the equivalent.

  • Candidates must live in or around Montreal. Oral comprehension of both French and English is required.
  • Candidates must possess full creative rights on the proposed projects.
  • Artists interested in participating must be available for the entire duration of the program (September 2018 to March 2019).


Selection Criteria

  • The candidate's involvement in its artistic approach
  • The relevance of the artistic research
  • The importance of the program's contribution to the artist's professional career


Application Submission

Your application must include :

  • A letter of interest describing your expectations and ambitions regarding The Externship program (maximum of 2 pages);
  • A description of a project already in progress or to undertake during the program (maximum of 500 words);
  • A CV including the participant's contact information;
  • Visual documentation of recent works or works in progress — maximum 15 files (videos links and/or fixed images, up to 1MB per file);
  • Descriptive list of images;
  • All documents merged in one PDF.


Please, submit your application by email to the following address:


Your application must be submitted before August 10th, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

*Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted.


Selection procedure

The six artists will be selected by a jury composed of members of Les Territoires and of The Externship mentors. Artists selected in the first round will be contacted for interviews in mid-August. The final selection will be completed at the end of August.

*It should be noted that during the selection process, Les Territoires will follow a policy of inclusion of First Nations artists as well as artists of the cultural diversity, and is committed to gender parity. We therefore strongly encourage artists who define themselves as belonging to these groups to submit their application!


About the mentors

Jeanie Riddle’s work investigates the domestic and re-situates the everyday and time. She lives and works in Montreal where she earned her MFA at Concordia University (2005). She was the founding director of Parisian Laundry, assisting in launching the careers of emerging artists (2005-16). She has exhibited widely across Canada as well as in New York and Berlin. She is the recipient of numerous Canada Council grants including an International Residency in Paris, and her work is in numerous public and private collections including the T.D. Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, The Canadian Art Foundation, and The City of Montreal. She is represented by Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran.


Kimura Byol- Nathalie Lemoine is a feminist, conceptual and multimedia artist whose privileged themes are identities (diaspora, ethnicity, colorism, post-colonialism, immigration, genders) and who expresses it through calligraphy, painting, manipulated images, poetry, video and photography. Her work has been internationally exhibited and published. As a curator, Kimura develops projects that give a voice and a visibility to minorities and continues her work as an activist by documenting the history of adoption (abroad) in the media and the arts through the website ACA (the cultural archives of adoptees).


Sylvain Bouthillette is a multidisciplinary artist. His practice oscillates between music, dance, installation, painting and photography. Through his work's being both a mystical search and an aesthetic pursuit, the artist attempts to reconcile spiritual values with the intellectualism of critical discourse. Sylvain Bouthillette has been represented by Clint Roenisch Gallery of Toronto and Galerie Trois-Points in Montreal.



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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.