Acme Studios — Daniel Canty

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Daniel Canty

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) Residency

Daniel Canty is a Montréal-based writer and artist. Since the end of the 20th century, he has practiced writing in its widest possible extension, weaving between page, stage, and screen, networked, public and gallery spaces. His poetic prose, at once whimsical and melancholy, is a tender investigation into the texture of time and the theory of worlds. In London, he wrote a series of dispatches entitled Reports on the Unstability of Cities, and a fiction manuscript, Blue Meridian.

His books include La Société des grands fonds (2018), a finalist for the Governor General’s Award of Canada and the Grand prix du livre de la ville de Montréal; Mappemonde (2016); VVV (with Patrick Beaulieu, 2015); The United States of Wind (2014), and Wigrum (2011). He has recently completed the online novel Costumes nationaux (2014-2019). Daniel was the 2019 writer-in-residence at Green College at the University of British Columbia, and 2020 Québec writer-in-residence at Passaporta, in Brussels. He was elected to l’Académie des lettres du Québec in 2017.

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ)

In 2008-2009, in partnership with Québec's Ministry of Culture and Communications and the Ministry of International Relations and the Francophonie, and on the recommendation of Arts Council England, Conseil des arts et des lettres (CALQ) approached Acme to establish the Québec Studio in London, thereby expanding the network of residencies offered abroad to Québec artists and writers. The residency provides two six month long residencies per year in Bow, E3 for artists who have at least 10 years' experience of professional practice. Applications and selection are undertaken directly by CALQ.

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