Home > AGNS Halifax > Education & Public Programs > Artist-in-Residence
Maud Lewis
January 2012






The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is dedicated to advancing the work of visual artists through its Artist-in-Residence program, exhibitions, education, and public programming.

The Museum offers a three-month studio residency for emerging artists. Each artist is granted a free non-living studio space located at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia plus a $5000 stipend. The program is designed to serve emerging artists within the contexts of the Gallery's permanent collection and its exhibitions.

Artists’ media may include sculpture, painting, printmaking, digital art, mixed media, photography, and film and video. Artists have access to the Gallery’s studios on a daily basis and are expected to work in the studio a minimum of eight hours per week.

Artists are expected to participate in related public programs. Resident artists will conduct two workshops or presentations during the residency and meet with museum visitors.

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia commits to exhibiting the Artist in Residence’s work in a group exhibition with an accompanying publication.


You are eligible to apply if:

  • You are able to demonstrate at least three years of professional commitment and are currently engaged in studio work.
  • You have completed basic professional training or a combination of exhibitions and critical review that is equivalent.

You are not eligible if:

  • You will be attending school during the residency.


The following criteria is used when evaluating applicants:

  • Quality of applicant's work as indicated by submitted visual documentation.
  • A record of exhibition and critical review.
  • Demonstration of a serious and consistent dedication to the professional practice of fine arts through submitted artwork and other documents.
  • Evidence that the applicant is at a critical juncture in his or her development, which will be advanced by the residency.
  • Proposed project that connects with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia collection or an upcoming exhibition.
  • Letters of recommendation from established visual arts professionals that express support of the applicant’s work.

How to Apply
Send to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Attention: Sarah Fillmore

  • Project proposal
  • CD of images
  • Artist's statement
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation

The Artist-in-Residence Program does not include living space or make provisions for living expenses.

Applicant must be a professional artist. High school, college or graduate students cannot be considered.

The Artist-in-Residence Program is made possible in part by funding from Marla and Louis Reznick.

For information contact: Chief Curator Sarah Fillmore

Information, resources, and registration details: