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Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op

Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op Residency



Lia Aiello is a Toronto based textile designer. Her practice focuses on weaving, natural dye and surface design. Playfully interpreting sociological concepts, she designs textiles with the same bizarre profoundness as the dreams you have in the morning between your first and second alarms.



The Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative was started in 2006 by a group of textile artists wanting an affordable and properly equipped studio space, and a home for the promotion of textile arts and design in Toronto. The cooperative is located in a well-known cultural hub that is home to many galleries and artist-run centres. Their working studio is a prime 1200 square foot space on the first floor of the historic 401 Richmond Street West building where members and friends produce work, teach, learn, interact, and innovate with other designers, artists, student, and the community.

Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative relies on members’ and residents’ diverse backgrounds and perspectives to spark innovation and creativity. The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce the return of the Contemporary Textile Studio Artist Residency Career Launcher for students or recent grads (2022, 2023). One (1) successful applicant will be awarded a 9 week self-directed residency with Contemporary Textile Studio Cooperative ($550 value) which grants them access to the co-op’s studio, facilities and equipment. Mentorship from one to two studio members will be provided throughout the residency Additionally, the CEAD will provide the selected artist with $300 to support the cost of materials and supplies during their residency.

This is an amazing opportunity to become part of a larger creative community and gain access to the excellent multidisciplinary facilities that Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative has to offer.


One (1) successful candidate will receive:

  • 9 week access to Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative’s 1200 square foot space in the historic 401 Richmond building ($550 value)
  • $300 from the CEAD to support material and supply costs
  • Mentorship from one to two of studio members throughout the residency


  • Current OCAD U students in any discipline or 2022, 2023 grads exploring textiles in their work
  • Ability to work independently and respectfully in a shared studio space
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Career Launcher opportunity
  • Graduating students are welcome to apply for the Career Launcher fund to support alternative pathways to access facilities and memberships


The OCAD U RBC CEAD is committed to promoting substantive equality for equity-seeking groups that are under-represented in the creative sector. We encourage applications from first-time applicants to the program and graduates of equity-seeking communities including racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities / expressions. Applicants are welcome to advise the CEAD of any accommodations needed to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process.


Contemporary Textile  Studio Co-op

401 Richmond St W
Toronto, ON M5V 1X3


  • Full contact information(Name, phone, and email)
  • Current CV 
  • Website/social media/portfolio (focus on textile based practice)
  • A statement of interest that contextualizes your interest in the opportunity, how you hope to utilize this self directed residency, and the potential significance of the opportunity to your practice (400 words max)


Monday, June 5, 2023, 8:00 AM


Apply via Typeform:


Applicants who have concerns about meeting a Career Launcher application deadline are invited to connect with the CEAD in order to discuss possible alternatives. We encourage all who might require assistance with the application process to reach out to determine available support. Outreach of this nature should be undertaken at least one week prior to the published application deadline.

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