Posted 20 Jun 2022


Eyelevel is excited to be running HEAT WAVES again after such wonderful and engaging group of artists in residence last year. This year will be a little different from previous years. Instead of four separate 2-week residencies, we will be hosting all four artists in one large studio space over the course of a full month. The residency will span from August 1st to 31st, giving artists twice the time frame. It is our hope that by having the artists share space for the month of August, the artists in residence will have more opportunities to engage with the community and fellow emerging artists. Below are further details about the residency, how to apply, current COVID 19 protocols, and our Access and Safety Notes.


HEAT WAVES provides emerging artists with:

  • Free 24-hour access to one of Wonder’neath’s large studios for the full month of August shared between three other artists.
  • A budget of $300 towards material fees
  • Promotional support from our Summer Programming Assistant
  • Access to Eyelevel’s Instagram Account for a one-week takeover and the opportunity to informally present your work/practice through Eyelevel’s social media platforms
  • A 1-year membership to Eyelevel which begins at the start of your residency
  • An optional $330 presentation fee (according to CARFAC 2022 schedule) for an artist talk/presentation


This is meant to be a low-pressure residency. Meaning artists who apply are not expected to make finished work or hold an exhibition of any kind, but our staff will be here to help you get the word out about any shows, talks, or events that you would like to have.

HEAT WAVES will have 4 available spots, which will all be from August 1st to 31st.

HEAT WAVES will be “soft-juried,” we will be looking at applications with these values in mind:

  • You have never shown at Eyelevel
  • You can work within the timeline of August 1st to 31st
  • You do not have easy access to a studio, gallery or production space right now and during the time of the residency
  • Priority is given to artists who identify as BIPOC, QTBIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, disabled, and/or artists who currently feel unable/unwelcome to access professional arts organizations. We encourage folks to self-identify if comfortable doing so.

Use of Eyelevel’s studio is not required in order to participate in this program. However, this year we are encouraging the artists in residence to find ways to engage with each other during their time in residence. Eyelevel also cannot provide travel or accommodations for out-of-town artists.



Answer the following questions and submit your application by JULY 11TH @ 11:59PM ADT.

Eyelevel wants to make applying for this program as easy as possible. Our default way to accept applications is through the google form and can be found by pressing the link 

You can also respond to these questions by contacting us through the following methods:

  • Email us at with your answers in the body of the email, as a word document, pdf, audio, or video file
  • Call us at 902-425-6412 for a phone interview/pitch
  • Visit us at 2482 Maynard Street during our open bookstore hours (Wednesday to Friday, 12-5 PM)

If you choose to apply in person, by phone, or over Zoom, please send a request to do so by JULY 8TH by 11:59PM ADT via email to

Whatever method you decide, please answer the following questions:

  1. Basic ID information:
  1. email address
  1. Name (one you go by)
  1. phone number
  1. pronouns
  1. Preferred communication method (email, phone call, text)
  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, what kind of art do you make?
  1. How would you like to use the space? If you are using a studio, what do you want to make, what materials do you need to use?
  1. How do you want Eyelevel to support you? – are you looking for promotional support, feedback on your work, community involvement… etc.
  1. Will you be available to partake in the residency during the offered time, being August 1st to 31st?
  1. This is our first year running HEAT WAVES in a group format. Do you have any concerns about working out of Wonder’neath’s studios in a shared context? Are there any health needs or sensitivities that you would like us to accommodate?
  1. Is there anything else that you would like to mention?
  1. Send us a couple of images of your work or a link to a website/ whichever SM or digital platform you use to share your work
  1. Will this be your first residency if accepted? (Yes or No)
  1. Have you worked with Eyelevel before? (Yes or No)


Our current COVID 19 protocols are that we ask folks to wear a mask in shared/common spaces. We also ask people not to eat in these shared spaces. There is a kitchen space on-site that artists may eat in.

Feel for to send any questions to via email. You can also text or call 902-425-6412 Monday to Friday 10am-5pm. We can’t wait to hear from you!


Orientation will be held July 29th (time TBA), but alternative arrangements can be made if artists are unable to attend.



This program will take place at 2482 Maynard Street (see below for building access notes). We will  begin the residency with an anti-oppression workshop and discussion. Given that the nature of this work may be very personal, we would like to inform everyone on how we can make this group residency a safer space when discussing problems that may be very sensitive. We will use strategies such as setting up space agreements for discussions, making closed spaces, keeping conversations confidential, opening meetings with check-ins, doing follow-ups for emotional and artistic support, ensuring that volunteers and staff have received trauma first-response training, and having decompression spaces and meetings over full meals. We want to ensure that everyone interacts with each other in a supportive and empathetic way.

2482 Maynard Street is a wheelchair-accessible building. The building has visitor parking with reserved accessible parking spots. There are push-button door openers at the main entrances, and a button-operated lift to the second floor. The building has wide hallways and all doorways are a minimum of 36″ wide. 2 non-gendered washrooms (one with a changing table) are located on the first floor, and 2 non-gendered washrooms without changing tables are located on the second floor. All washrooms have sharps containers, room for a wheelchair to turn, and grab bars. A quiet room is also located on the first floor. 2482 Maynard Street is a low-scent, all-ages, low-stimuli building. The second floor is not open to the public except for special events and is normally locked with keypad entry.