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.
To be eligible for the Resident Artist Program, you must fit into one of the following categories:
Artists must submit a completed application form online to be considered. Applications must include:
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.
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.
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