UNPACK STUDIO is an independent platform for artistic collaboration based in Toronto, Canada. It is aimed at coordinating and curating contemporary art projects.

Our mandate is to provide a context for aesthetic research developed in the cultural, linguistic and political articulations of knowledge, particularly reflecting on the understandings of migration, race, gender and power. We are interested in investigations aimed at exploring the conceptual intersections and points of rupture of these definitions.

We seek to potentiate artworks that reflect on the negotiations that discrete concepts and fields of knowledge are subjected to when extrapolated to other cultural spaces or disciplines, whether through life experience or research. Our objective is to promote the work of artists and curators that question the validity of definitions as absolutes, in light of the trans-disciplinary nature of contemporary thinking.


The UNPACK STUDIO Havana Art Residency is open to visual artists, curators and researchers interested in developing projects in Cuba. The self-directed residency runs from three to seven weeks and includes meeting with an internationally recognized art contact, interaction with the Havana art scene, independent workdays and possible presentations to the public.

The artist can create local-foreign collaborations, interact with contemporary Cuban practitioners and give Cuban art students the opportunity to see diverse practices. Creatives can research, produce new work individually or in collaboration, network with artists, art students, galleries, curators, and explore Havana.

Unpack Studio residency is strategically situated in Vedado, a central and popular neighbourhood of Havana, with easy access to all areas of the city (view map). There is walking distance access to food markets, stores, internet wifi spots, jazz bars, swimming pools, art galleries, cinemas and theatres.

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Tips for Residency Applicants by Artsy

6 Tips for Making the Most of an Art Residency

By Alina Cohen

Exterior view of the MacDowell Colony’s James Baldwin Library. Photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo. Courtesy of the MacDowell Colony.

Residencies can offer a temporary paradise for artists of all disciplines. For weeks or months, they provide a home away from home, without the distractions of everyday life. While living onsite, attendees get to meet other passionate, creative practitioners and spend their days devoted to work in their own studios. Residencies can also feature state-of-the-art tools for artists interested in experimenting with new processes.

At best, a residency can be idyllic—when you come prepared. If you’re considering applying to a residency, or you’re about to attend one, there are steps you can take and missteps you can avoid to ensure the best possible experience. Below, we’ve culled advice from residency representatives who want participants to make the most of their time.

If you want more information on how to find, fund, and apply for residencies, visit the website of the Alliance of Artists Communities.

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