Call for Digital Artists: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 2021 Artist in Residence Program
Andrea Tsang, THE “HERE AND ELSEWHERE” BEE, 2017 Artist in Residence Deadline for submissions: May 21, 2021 One of our...

Andrea Tsang, THE “HERE AND ELSEWHERE” BEE, 2017 Artist in Residence

Deadline for submissions: May 21, 2021

One of our favourite times of year is fast approaching! 2021 will be the sixth year for the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s Artist-in-Residence program. This year will mark our first virtual residency. Echoing our new multimedia film experience about the contributions of generations of immigrants to Canada, this year’s residency is a national call-out to create a collaborative digital project that allows Canadians to share pictures / video / words / etc. about immigrant contributions to Canada. The proposed project must be suitable to be shared digitally on one of the museum’s platforms.

The 2021 residency is flexible on medium and timing. Where, historically, artists have worked at the museum sixteen hours a week for six months, this year we will welcome proposals for projects that take 2 – 8 months.

Ownership of the work will remain with the artist with the understanding that we will host the completed project on one or more of the Museum’s digital platforms (including, but not limited to, website, Instagram, Facebook or YouTube).

Final projects that include written or spoken words must be English and French and all projects must meet standard accessibility guidelines which will be determined for the selected project. The Museum can offer translation services, subtitling / captioning / described video / etc.

Please write to Carrie-Ann Smith at if you would like to receive sample project ideas or review the works of past Artists in Residence at the Museum.


Shauna MacLeod, 2018 Artist in Residence

Apply to Artist-in-Residence Program:

Application deadline: May 21, 2021 for submission to our 2021 Residency Program.

Selection of artist: June 11, 2021

$15,000.00 (including all supplies)

Criteria for Selection:

  • Applicant demonstrates artistic excellence and professionalism (30%)
  • The proposed project offers a collaborative/participatory way for the artist to combine contributions from the public, or a specific group of participants, with their work in a way that honours how historic and/or contemporary newcomers have contributed to life in Canada. The proposed project is suitable for one of the museums platforms. (40%)
  • Feasibility of the proposed program (20%)
  • Experience working virtually (5%)
  • Experience working on participatory projects (5%)


Katarina Marinic, An Ocean of Change, 2019 Artist in Residence

Submission Requirements:
Please submit the following items by May 21, 2021. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

  1. Cover page/Email including full contact information
  2. Email, CD, DVD or USB drive including:
    a)  Proposal: a description of your proposed project including how the public will contribute and the requirements of our hosting the final work online
    b)  Brief project plan with a timeline and milestones
    c)  Estimated budget
    d)  Curriculum vitae
    e)  Work samples (five work samples, articles or reviews, whatever best conveys your work)

A short list of up to three artists may be interviewed prior to selection.

Send or email submissions to:

Carrie-Ann Smith
Vice-President, Audience Engagement
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
D : 902.425.0071 T : 902.425.7770 ext. 225 F : 902.423.4045

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