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News / March 19, 2019

Joy Xiang Awarded Spring Canadian Art Editorial Mentorship

The Toronto-based writer and arts organizer will work in our offices for the 11-week Spring 2019 mentorship
Joy Xiang. Photo: Zoë Harvey. Joy Xiang. Photo: Zoë Harvey.

Canadian Art is pleased to announce that Joy Xiang has been awarded our Spring 2019 Editorial Mentorship, an 11-week, full-time position intended to develop aspiring writers’ expertise in art-magazine publishing.

Joy Xiang is a writer, poet and arts organizer based in Toronto. Her diverse practice emphasizes community and collaborative processes. She is especially enmeshed in themes of migration, desire, performance and the body, art and activism, and internet nostalgia/futurity.

Her MA thesis at York University questioned what a necessary “ethical aesthetics” in art could look like. She has edited for re:asian, an online magazine for Canada and US–based Asian makers, and Milkweed, a feminist erotic zine. Her first chapbook, cold blood (2017), uses cold-blooded creatures as a metaphor for the creative and survival-focused adaptability of immigrants. She is a founding member of Nipslip, a multidisciplinary art collective that explores mutual aid within the Asian diaspora.

She has held positions at Blackwood Gallery, Art Canada Institute, Mercer Union and Vtape, and is currently Project Coordinator for Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue’s project Killjoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House (Philadelphia 2019).

Xiang began the mentorship on March 18 and will be working on the production of the Summer 2019 issue of Canadian Art.

About the Editorial Mentorship
Canadian Art is committed to mentoring the next generation of art writers in Canada. The Canadian Art Editorial Mentorship is a national quarterly program for a current or recent undergraduate, graduate or other post-secondary student with an interest in developing expertise in the realm of professional art-magazine publishing.

Applications are now being accepted for the fall mentorship session, commencing September 2019. Residents will be paid a $10,000 honorarium, and are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodations.