matthew evans
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Works in Toronto Canada

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Residency for Artists on Hiatus' limited edition T-Shirts are back! (new colour!)

Fri Aug 28, 2015 23:59

To raise funds for our 3rd year of operation, we have launched our latest SHOP and SUPPORT campaign with the newest and coolest RFAOH multiples you can own while supporting artists not making art!

Get your limited edition T-shirt in a stylish new colour, and/or a rad new mobile phone case -- there are also sponsorship packages available with full-on goodies, which will put your name on our site as a proud sponsor!!

Please order by August 28th -- We thank you our supporters for spreading the word.


Residency For Artists on Hiatus is ready to present to you.

Sat Jan 17, 2015 00:00 - Thu Dec 31, 2015


We thank you for your interest in 2014 and hope you will continue following us throughout this year! Our current residents are busy working at not working and posting their non-art endeavours at

We are now booking our presentations/workshops for the year 2015. Please contact us if your organization, school and class, or community would be interested in having the office of RFAOH come for one or more of the following:

• Briefing session to introduce the Residency for Artists on Hiatus and its activities followed by a discussion on any related topics
• Presentation of the on-hiatus projects by the former or current resident artists-on-hiatus, preferably with the artists also in attendance, pending on the budget and their availability.
• Proposal review of artists in the local areas who may be interested in applying for future programmes at RFAOH
• Lectures by guest speakers on what they do when they are not making art – we would like to invite artists with international profiles pending on the budget and their availability.
• Sale of RFAOH limited edition multiples

Please kindly share this message with potentially interested parties, or recommend them to us. We thank you for your continuing support!

Shinobu Akimoto / Matthew Evans
Co-directors of Residency For Artists On Hiatus



Mon Sep 15, 2014 23:59

Call for applications 2014/2015
Deadline: September 15, 2014

RFAOH co-directors, Shinobu Akimoto and Matthew Evans are pleased to invite international “artists on-hiatus” to apply to our second call to participate in our ongoing project, Residency for Artists on Hiatus (RFAOH).

Residency for Artists on Hiatus is a virtual yet functioning residency available to artists who, for one reason or another, are not currently making or presenting art. The residency exists in the form of a website, and the participants are selected based on their proposals of “on-hiatus” activities (or non-activities). To be eligible to apply, artists must have previously created an independent body of work and have exhibited in a public context. Selected artists will be represented on the RFAOH website by a dedicated page on which they are asked to post periodic reports throughout their residency. A modest stipend will be awarded to successful applicants to assist in their on-hiatus endeavors. At the conclusion of their residency, residents are expected to submit a written report on how they benefited from or were otherwise influenced by this opportunity.

For a DIY project with such modest beginnings, our first year brought us amazing collaborations and responses that developed beyond our expectations. The scope of our inaugural residents’ on-hiatus activities ranged from meditation to being a full-time professor of architecture, from organic gardening to applying to an MBA programme or explorations into various leisure activities for leisure’s sake. While stepping back from their art practices yet maintaining some lifeline to their artist identity, all our residents uniquely perceived, approached, and used this opportunity. Their inspiring posts and final reports may be read on the RFAOH website. We also sincerely thank Mr. Tehching Hsieh for accepting our invitation to sit on our advisory board, as well as those who brought us opportunities to present RFAOH worldwide.

Given the currently topical discussions around the institutionalization of art practice and artist’s identity, we are excited to host the second cohort of residents, and continue our discourse surrounding the role of art within the greater culture at large.

To know more about Residency for Artists on Hiatus and its first year of operation, please visit our website.

*** Detailed information on how to apply can also be found here.***

The deadline for applications is September 15.

Residency For Artists On Hiatus continues to seek a host organization who may promote the residency through their own website and assist in funding the programme. The amount of the stipend paid to the residents as well as the format of the final publication will be contingent on this funding. Should you be interested in supporting RFAOH, please contact us at, or go to our support page to see how you can help.

RFAOH Co-directors
Shinobu Akimoto
Matthew Evans



MomenTech bids farewell to RFAOH with Open Meditation Google Hangout

Wed Apr 30, 2014 20:00

For the past six months, the experimental production studio MomenTech has been on hiatus at Residency for Artists on Hiatus. During this time, Maciej Toporowicz, Mika Johnson and Reynard Loki have engaged in a daily meditation practice that has involved not only meditation, but also research, reflection and posting updates and various musings on their RFAOH blog page.

On April 30, their residency comes to an end. On May 1, MomenTech will resume normal creative production.

For the "final act" of their residency, they are hosting an open online meditation session via Google Hangout. If you'd like to tune in, tune out and/or get tuned, please drop by for all or part of the hour-long session.

MomenTech Open Meditation Google Hangout
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
8-9pm EST

Enjoy the silence.*


Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih

*No, I don't mean the Depeche Mode song. But what a song.


The latest news from Residency For Artists On Hiatus

Fri Nov 15, 2013 00:00

Residency For Artists On Hiatus is pleased to announce an amazing international roster of successful on-hiatus artists for its inaugural residency period in 2013/2014

Milena Kosec, Slovenia
Batool Mohammed, United Arab Emirates
MomenTech, United States
Farid Rakun, Indonesia
Karen Zalamea, Canada
Baltazar Castillo, United States
Honey Biba Beckerlee, Denmark

Please visit their pages on RFAOH's site to check out their profiles and on-hiatus activities (or non-activities) --


RFAOH is also excited to launch the SHOP AND SUPPORT Campaign!! We are producing various limited edition novelty multiples in support of our program. A new item will be released every couple months -- our very first item is a limited edition of 30 RFAOH Porcelain Mug -- Get yours today at !

30 Limited Edition RFAOH Porcelain Mug, 2013
90mm (h) × 80mm (diameter), porcelain, sublimation transfer print
Microwave safe
$25 CND each + shipping

To purchase, please visit