Apply to be an Artist in Residence

Central Library's new Artist in Residence programs are three-month, paid community engagement residencies at the Central Library that support individual artists, arts organizations, and collectives working in three specific genres: Indigenous art and place making, children's art and illustration, and the Newcomer experience.

Indigenous Artist in Residence

February-April annually
The Indigenous Artist in Residence is awarded to a self-identified First Nations, Inuit, and/or Métis artist or artist teams working in any artistic discipline. Knowledge and understanding of the significant cultural heritage and legacy of Indigenous people, especially the rich histories, stories, and customs of Treaty 7 Nations and/or Métis Region 3 is preferred. The Calgary Public Library invites artists to bring their Indigenous identities, histories, cultures, languages, traditions, principles, worldviews, relationships, and ways of knowing to the public through their residency at the Library.

Newcomer Artist in Residence

June–August annually
The Newcomer Artist in Residence is awarded to the annual winner of the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) New Canadian Artist Award. The award was established to recognize that artists from all parts of the world enrich Calgary’s arts sector. This award recognizes and supports an individual artist whose cultural background and relatively recent arrival (five years or less) to Canada present barriers transferring relevant credentials, resulting in isolation from Calgary’s arts community.

This award intends to support these artists as they pursue their artistic work and connect with the institutions and support networks that are available to all Calgary artists. The award is given at the annual Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions in partnership with Calgary Arts Development.

Children’s Artist/Illustrator in Residence

September-November annually
The Children’s Artist/Illustrator in Residence program recognizes the contribution of children’s artists to literature and to Calgary’s culture. It 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. The recipient of this residency is also awarded the commission for the Library’s annual Library Goes to Kindergarten card.

Applications for the Children’s Artist/Illustrator are received in the summer. Watch this space for more details.