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Arts and Culture

Children's Illustrator in Residence 2022

Call for Children's Artist/Illustrator in Residence – Fall 2022

The Calgary Public Library invites applications for the paid position of Artist in Residence: Children’s Artist/ Illustrator at the Central Library in downtown Calgary, Alberta for the fall of 2022.  This residency recognizes the contribution of children’s artists to literature and to Calgary’s culture and seeks to introduce Library patrons, especially children and educators, to artists and art forms they may not otherwise experience while providing opportunities to meet artists, observe the artistic process and participate in artmaking. 

Description of the Position 

The Library seeks emerging or mid-career children’s artists/illustrators with an art practice in any medium and an affinity for people. This residency program is based in a glass-walled studio in a public space, which means, while the artist’s practice and privacy is to be respected whether in the studio or in the public space of the Library, we do expect the artist to be comfortable and open to engaging with patrons. The artist is expected to display their work and process, as a way of animating the studio for visitors to look in and see when the artist is not present. Experience working with communities, large groups and/or children and youth is an asset.  

The children’s artist/illustrator residency runs for three months, September – November annually. The artist will be required to take part in an artist talk in the beginning of the residency and, at minimum, two public workshops and/or school programs, all set in collaboration with the Library. Beginning September 1, 2022, the artist will hold open studio hours at Central Library for a minimum 7.5 hours per week, culminating in a December exhibition. The 252 square foot Artist in Residence studio is available to the artist during opening hours to work on their own projects and the Library Goes to Kindergarten contract (see below). Due to uncertainty related to COVID-19, the Artist in Residence may be asked to work remotely, and some activities may be deferred and/or delivered online. 


The Artist in Residence honorarium is $50.00 per hour to a maximum of 100 hours per residency. This amount includes offsite preparation time and onsite program delivery time, and any other project expenses incurred by the applicant, except for materials specific to community engagement events. 

In addition to the residency, the artist awarded the contract will be commissioned to design the annual Library Goes to Kindergarten promotional item, during their residency (additional remuneration). 


Artists may not apply as an individual and be part of an organization or collective applying in the same competition. 

If the applicant is an individual artist, the following eligibility criteria apply: 

If the applicant is an organization or a collective, the following additional eligibility criteria apply: 


The successful applicant must be willing to:


Applicants will be evaluated based on inclusion of the following: 

Artistic Practice Narrative (500 words or fewer): 

Artist Statement or Bio (250 words or fewer):

The successful candidate will be selected by a committee. All applicants will be notified once the committee has made its selection, generally in late summer or early fall. The successful candidate will be notified, but their name will not be announced until the residency has been secured. 

Please submit applications to

Service Design: Artist in Residence Program 
Central Library, 800 3rd Street SE 
Calgary, AB T2G 2E7 

Or electronically to 

Application deadline: Thursday, July 14, 2022