European Artist in Residence Program Recipient - Tor Lukasik Foss
Stephen Near

The Hamilton Arts Council is pleased to announce artists Tor Lukasik Foss has been awarded the Hamilton Arts Council’s European Artist in Residence Program taking place in September, 2018. 

The vision of this residency program is to build and strengthen cultural connections between Europe and Canada by providing an opportunity for Hamilton artists to work in Europe and meet local artists in the vibrant Estonian arts scene. The program is a partnership with the Hamilton Arts Council, the Estonian Artists Association and funded through the generous support of The Cotton Factory. The residency provides an opportunity for professional and artistic development through access to facilities to create new work; Access to local artists through the Estonian Artists Association; and includes two speaking engagements in Tallinn and at Tartu University.

Photo Credit Darin White 2015

TOR LUKASIK FOSS is a native Hamiltonian artist whose creative practice spans over two decades and encompasses visual art, performance, and creative writing. In the last decade his practice has investigated social anxiety particularly as it relates to public and private space. Lukasik Foss has used storytelling and song writing as both intimate and public actions, particularly stories and songs that stem from myth, folklore, and religion.

His multidisciplinary practice investigates the eccentricities of the public sphere, everything from municipal signage to the concert stage. He exhibits work both individually and as part of TH&B, an artist collective of which he is a founding member (along with Ivan Jurakic, Simon Frank, and Dave Hind). Lukasik-Foss performs under the pseudonym ‘tiny bill cody’ and has released four Cd’s of original songwriting over the last two decades, He writes regularly for “Hamilton Magazine”, is a founding member of the Hamilton Seven, a story telling collective seen most notably at the 2017 Hamilton Fringe Festival. He has also been awarded the 2007 K.M. Hunter Award for Visual Arts, 2008 Visual Arts Award from the City of Hamilton, a 2009 Hamilton Music Award (Best Male Artist) multiple Ontario Arts Council Mid Career Visual Arts Grants and a 2014 Canada Council Project Grant. He lives with his family in central Hamilton and works as the Program Director for the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Photo Credit KJ Bedford 2009

Our partners on this unique residency are the The Estonian Artist’s Association (EAA) and The Cotton Factory.

The Estonian Artist’s Association (EAA) is the legal successor of the Soviet Estonian Artists’ Association established in 1943 and is an umbrella-organization uniting 19 professional unions of artists and art historians. Fixed on October 1, 2002 there are 965 professional artists and art historians in the EAA. Most of the Members of the EAA have graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Photo Credit The Cotton Factory

Located in the heart of lower Hamilton, The Cotton Factory has been transformed into a creative industries complex, with space for workshops and small manufacturing, office space for creative professionals, and studios for artists.  Though the complex is now fully leased, the community and uses of the complex are always growing and evolving. Over 60 tenants currently call the facilities of The Cotton Factory home for their artistic or creative practice. Among them are photographers, designers, curators, painters, potters, textile artists and woodworkers. Areas of the building have also been used for a wide variety of television and movie productions.

Stay tuned for more news about this one-of-a-kind residency.