Artist sculpting a clay bust.

A table of pottery in the ceramics studiosThe Resident Artist Program

The City of Mississauga’s Resident Artist Program is designed to support emerging and mid-career artist and artisans in developing and maintaining their art and design practice. The program provides artists access to professionally-equipped studio spaces in the Living Arts Centre and supports artistic practices across nine disciplines.

Resident Artists in this program have opportunities to exhibit their work, participate in professional development activities, and network with other artists and arts professionals in the program and community.

See here for featured work from our current Resident Artists.

 

Furniture making in the woodworking studio

Disciplines and Studios

There are nine disciplines offered in the program, each with a professionally equipped studio space.
Learn more about the facilities, equipment and benefits of each specialty below.

 
Studio Fees

Studio fees are set on an annual basis and approved by Council. New Graduate Residencies receive a subsidized fee rate. Rates do not include HST. Rates are for long-term residences. Artists must provide all materials. Glass studio artists purchase cullet from the Centre.

See here for full details.

 

Hot glass in the glass studio

Why should you apply?

On-Site Benefits:

  • Self-directed Residency
  • Professionally equipped studios
  • Interdisciplinary studio access
  • Shared and individual studio space (depending on the studio selected)
  • Additional storage for artwork and supplies
  • Wi-Fi; all utilities included, reduced parking rates

Growth and Development:

  • Professional development opportunities
  • Teaching opportunities
  • Support of an on-site Studio Technician

Promotion Opportunities:

  • Annual Exhibition at the Living Arts Centre or other offsite location
  • Promotion on the website and social media accounts
  • Networking opportunities

 
How to apply?

New Graduate

  • Supports local, national and international emerging artists, who have graduated from a post-secondary institution within the past 2 years and demonstrate dynamic artistic promise.
  • Program participants should expect to receive insight into their artistic practice, professional development, and feedback on how to become competitive in the arts industry.
  • The program offers competitive and subsidized studio rental rates.
  • Expenses, housing and transportation will be responsibility of the artist.

Resident Artist

  • Residents are required to commit to a 1-year contract commitment with the option to renew after an annual review.
  • Resident artists are required to participate in exhibition opportunities within the Living Arts Centre and at offsite locations, biannual studio clean ups, artist meetings including critiques and RA events.
  • Must be able to work in a collaborative space.
  • Resident artists must follow all Health and Safety policies and procedures.
  • Monthly fees, housing and transportation will be responsibility of the artist.
  • Failure to comply with the contract at any time will result in the termination of the residency.

Project-Based

  • Project-based residencies are designed to support professional artists with studio access in order to realize a specific art/ design project or objective.
  • Supporting documents should be submitted with the application, these may include exhibition offer letters, grant acceptance letters, educational project descriptions, etc.
  • Project-based residencies are 3 to 6 months in duration.

*All residencies require artists provide proof of WHMIS training

*All residencies require artists to provide liability insurance which can be purchased through the City or provided by the artist through an eligible home or studio insurance policy

 

In order to be eligible for a residency, you must fit into one of the following categories listed below.

New Graduate

  • Have graduated from post-secondary institution (recognized art, craft, design institute, college or university) within the last two (2) years.
  • Limited to no exhibition or sales history.

Resident Artist

  • Practicing Artist for 3-8 years.
  • Developed and continues to develop a body of work (active exhibition and competitive sales history).
  • Graduate of a recognized art, design or craft institute, college or university, or are practicing artists with equivalent experience.
  • Technically competent in the relevant studio.
  • Focused on creating conceptual art and design: functional and/or non-functional.
  • Able to work in a collaborative environment.

Project Based

  • Graduate of a recognized art, design or craft institute, college or university, or are practicing artist with equivalent experience.
  • Documentation supporting a short-term project that requires specialized studio and equipment access (grant or exhibition-specific documents).

Applicants are assessed by a panel of professionals working in the applicant's discipline. Applications should demonstrate conceptual and technical ability through:

  • Portfolio (10 images max)
  • Artist statement
    • Please indicate which program you are applying to in your artist statement
  • Statement of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
    • Include links to website/media platforms
    • Include list of tools/equipment you have been trained to use without supervision
  • 3 recommendation letters
  • Supporting documents (Project Based Applicant Only)

  • The deadline is May 23, 2022 for the program term from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023.
  • To apply, click on the application form.
    • Applications submitted without the completed form will not be considered
    • Applications for Long Term Residencies are open in the spring
    • Applications for Project Based Residencies are accepted year-round
    • Applications take a minimum of one month to be reviewed
  • We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for our artists. We encourage applications from individuals that represent the full diversity of communities in Canada, including complexities of intersecting identities such as ability, age, class, gender, race and sexual orientation.
  • For questions about the Resident Artist Program, contact residency@mississauga.ca