Resident Artist Program

The Resident Artist Program has been created to provide opportunities for a blend of recent graduates of arts and design institutions, as well as mid-career artists, to create, explore, learn and exchange ideas and insights, within a multi-disciplinary environment.

Operating within a facility that offers a diverse choice of performing and visual arts programs, patrons of all ages enjoy a line-up of musicians and artists, and opportunities for hands-on creative expression in a professional arts environment. This marriage between visual and performing arts, community education, and professional art practice provides a valued and unique atmosphere for emerging artists.

According to past resident artist Andrea Marcus, “It is not just the combination of artforms, but the possibility to connect and interact with so many people, visual artists, performing artists, businesses, and the general public that creates a wide scope of opportunity.”

Professional development activities include participating in exhibitions, teaching and assisting opportunities as well selling work in the gift shop and contributing to special events and festivals.

Resident's Responsibilities

  • To maintain the studio infrastructure and care for the studios
  • To be self-motivated and committed to working in a co-operative environment
  • To provide own materials and supplies

Application Information

To apply, click on the application form found under the studio section of interest, or contact the Coordinator, Exhibitions and Residency Programs for more information. Please note, you must provide your own accommodation - this is not a live-in residency. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Call for information on availability of space and time or to arrange a personal tour.

Coordinator, Exhibitions & Residency Programs
Email: residency.residency@livingarts.on.ca
Tel: 905.306.6161


Terms of Residency

Available in the following studios:

  • Wood
  • Glass
  • Textile & Fibre Arts
  • Photography
  • Ceramics
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Flameworking
  • Interdisciplinary (across studios)

12-month residency with the option to renew up to three years
Teaching and corporate commission opportunities
Full listed benefits and services

Note: The long-term residency program can be continued beyond the three years. Artists are asked to submit reports describing how their residency has been of benefit to their development and propose plans for future use. Continued status is limited.

Considered in the following studios based on availability:

  • Wood
  • Textile & Fibre Arts
  • Photography
  • Ceramics (depending on proposed time of year)
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Flameworking
  • Interdisciplinary (across studios)

Note: Project-based residencies require supporting documentation to accompany the application. Supporting documents may include exhibition offer letters, grant acceptance letters, or educational project descriptions. Other forms of documentation may apply; contact the Exhibitions & Residency Program Coordinator for more information.

The call for submissions to the 2014-2015 Fellowship Program is now closed.

The next call will be posted in February 2015.

The Arts Fellowship Program is an exciting initiative that offers graduates an opportunity to work within a professional studio environment after completing their studio education. This program provides a venue to assist new artists with the production of their first body of work in a specialized studio.

Program Benefits

  • The ability to complete an independent body of work to use when approaching galleries and commercial institutions therefore jumpstarting a professional career
  • Highly subsidized studio fees
  • Participation in the Art Gallery’s Resident Artist Exhibition
  • The opportunity to sell work in the Centre’s Gift Shop
  • Consideration for corporate commissions
  • Exposure to a greater network of artists working in the field
  • Opportunities for collaboration between artists or cross-media projects
  • Access to valuable critique during the production of work and the opportunity to be mentored by more established Resident Artists in the Program

Eligibility and Application

To be eligible for the competition, applicants must be new graduates (within two years of graduation) of a post-secondary school degree in studio arts, or of an educational equivalent. Artists must submit a full application package including the following information:

  1. Completed application form;
  2. Artist CV as of application date outlining education, exhibition history (if any), and awards/scholarships;
  3. Artist statement – 500 words or less;
  4. 500 word statement of intent describing how the applicant will benefit from receipt of the scholarship;
  5. 10 digital images and/or video submissions of work produced within two years prior to the application date;
  6. 2 sealed letters of recommendation
  7. SASE for the return of application materials.

Selection Process

A shortlist of applicants will be forwarded to the Living Arts Centre’s Advisors - professional artists and educators in relevant fields. Advisors will recommend which applicants will be offered a final interview at which time the candidate will be evaluated based on the strength of their application and the ability to demonstrate the following:

  1. Sufficient knowledge of all studio equipment and health and safety standards;
  2. The potential for further growth in the medium;
  3. The ability to work in a collaborative environment;
  4. The willingness to assist with gallery installations.

Mid-term Review

The successful candidates will be invited to work within the studio for a one-year term prior to the mid-term review. The term will commence on September 1, 2014 and end on August 31, 2015.

For more information on the fellowship program, please contact Coordinator, Exhibitions and Residency Programs by phone at 905.306.6161 or email at residency.residency@livingarts.on.ca

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