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Arts and Culture

Indigenous Artist in Residence

Call for applications for Winter/Spring 2021

 Application deadline: February 5, 2021

The Calgary Public Library invites applications for the three-month, paid position of Indigenous Artist in Residence sponsored by TD Bank Group for March 2021 - May 2021. Additionally, in partnership with Calgary Arts Development, the Indigenous Artist in Residence will also receive the Indigenous Artist Award sponsored by TD Bank Group, which includes a cash prize. This residency aims to recognize the contribution of Indigenous artists, craftspeople and knowledge keepers to Calgary. In response to the calls of action in the City of Calgary’s White Goose Flying report, the Library seeks to honour Indigenous cultures and to promote intercultural understanding, perspective-taking and communication between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The residency aims to create a supportive environment for artists in Calgary to have time and space to create their own work while introducing Library patrons to artists and art forms they may not otherwise experience. Community engagement events, such as lectures and workshops, and regular open studio hours provide the public with opportunities to meet artists, observe the artistic process and participate in artmaking.


Description of the Position

The Library seeks emerging or mid-career, self-identified First Nations, Inuit and Métis artist and artist teams working in any artistic discipline and who enjoy working with people. An emerging or mid-career artist is identified as one who has not been internationally shown and does not have regular representation by an agent or gallery.

The artist(s) should:

Description of the Residency

The residency is based in a glass-walled studio in a public space, depending on COVID-19 restrictions (see below), 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. Artists are encouraged to make their creative process visible in the studio space, so that the public can look in through the windows when the studio doors are closed. Experience working with communities, large groups and/or children and youth is an asset.

The Indigenous residency runs for three months, March-May. 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. The artist will determine and hold regular, open studio hours at new Central Library for a minimum 7.5 hours per week, culminating in a May/June exhibition or performance. The Artist in Residence studio is available to the artist during opening hours to work on their own projects. As a result of COVID-19 there is a possibility that some or all of the residency will take place online.


The Library acknowledges there may be restrictions related to COVID-19 and is committed to ensuring a safe experience for all participants. This may require flexibility related to deadlines and timelines (to be decided in consultation between the artist and the Library) and the use of online tools for meetings, workshops or programs.


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.


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 eligibility criteria apply:

Additionally, the successful applicant must be willing to: 

Application Criteria

The successful candidate will be selected by a committee of Library employees and Indigenous community members. All applicants will be notified once the committee has made its selection, generally in mid-January. 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 3 Street SE
Calgary, AB T2G 2E7

Or electronically to

Application deadline: February 5, 2021.