The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is dedicated to advancing the work of visual artists through its Artist-in-Residence program.

The Gallery 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 $5,000 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 Artist-in-Residence studio 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 and will conduct two workshops or presentations during the residency and meet with museum visitors.

See below for more information about eligibility and how to apply for the Artist-in-Residence program, or contact Sue Melvin, Programming Coordinator 902-424-8935.

Previous Artists-in-Residence

  • Melissa Marr and Heather Wilkinson (September 2011 - January 2012)
  • Cathy Busby (December 2009-February 2010)
  • Lisa Lipton (September-December 2009)
  • Eleanor King (June-August 2009)
  • David R. Harper (October 2008-January 2009)
  • Graeme Patterson (April-June 2008)


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:

Sue Melvin
Programming Coordinator