Apply for the Resident Artist Program

The Resident Artist Program at the Living Arts Centre offers professionally-equipped studio spaces and support across nine disciplines for recent graduates of arts and design institutions, and emerging and mid-career artists.


Through the program, artists can develop their practices in a multi-disciplinary environment, exhibit their work, participate in professional development activities and network with other artists and arts professionals in the program and community.

  • 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 and all utilities included
  • Reduced parking rates
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Teaching opportunities
  • Support of an on-site Studio Technician
  • Annual exhibition at the Living Arts Centre or other off-site location
  • Promotion on the website and social media accounts
  • Networking opportunities


To be eligible for the Resident Artist Program, you must fit into one of the following categories:

  • Graduated from a post-secondary institution (recognized art, craft, design institute, college or university) within the last two years
  • Limited to no exhibition or sales history
  • Practising artist for three to eight 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 a practising artist 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
  • Graduate of a recognized art, design or craft institute, college or university, or a practising artist with equivalent experience
  • Able to provide documentation supporting a short-term project that requires specialized studio and equipment access (grant or exhibition-specific documents)

How to apply

Artists must submit a completed application form online to be considered. Applications must include:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV), including links to social media or website and a list of tools/equipment you are trained to use
  • Artist statement, including your studio area of interest
  • Statement of interest and project work
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Portfolio of your work (10 images maximum) and accompanying image list
  • Supporting documents, such as exhibition offer letters, grant acceptance letters, educational project descriptions, etc. (applicable to project-based applicants only)

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.


The submission period for the program term of September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023 has ended. We will be accepting applications for long-term residencies again in spring 2023.

Project-based residency applications are accepted year-round.

Selection criteria and timeline

Applications are assessed on technical ability and portfolio quality by the Culture Programs Team at the City of Mississauga. Those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applications take between one and two months to be reviewed from time of submission.

Resident Artist Program fees are set on an annual basis and approved by City Council. Rates are for long-term residencies with new graduates eligible to receive a subsidized rate. Fees for interdisciplinary residencies are calculated based on the studios and facilities required.

Artists must also provide all their own materials. Glass studio artists must purchase cullet from the Living Arts Centre.

There is a contractual commitment of one year for long-term residencies, with the option to renew following an annual review. Project-based residencies must be three to six months in duration.

All artists must provide proof of Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and liability insurance, which can be purchased through the City of Mississauga or provided by the artist through an eligible home or studio insurance policy. Artists will also be required to complete other training as necessary.

Artists are required to participate in exhibition opportunities within the Living Arts Centre and at off-site locations, bi-annual studio clean ups, artist meetings including critiques and Resident Artist events.

It is an expectation that all artists work respectfully in the studios and collaborative spaces, and follow all health and safety policies and procedures.

Monthly studio fees, housing and transportation are the responsibility of the artist.

Failure to comply with the Resident Artist contract at any time will result in the termination of the residency.


Culture Division
905-615-3200 ext. 6091