A list of residencies for creatives. Please note, not all residencies will be active or accepting submissions year round.

  • Windsor & Detroit

    Free Space

    Free Space offers artists from the Windsor region to work on their art practice in a professional workspace. Free Space Residency will offer two slots per year in Arts Council Windsor & Region’s own ArtSpeak Gallery.  Artists of all practices and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

    Indus Detroit 

    Indus Detroit is an exhibition space, culture lab and (forthcoming) artist residency program located at 1713 Waverly Street in Detroit, a house recently renovated by the non-profit organization Dream of Detroit, a Muslim-led initiative to build a healthy community and empower marginalized neighborhoods also based in the neighborhood.  Dream of Detroit will work closely with Indus Detroit to develop community programming, neighborhood art workshops, and other public events.

    Popp’s Packing

    Popp’s Packing offers artist residencies for emerging and mid-career artists interested in an immersive experience in Hamtramck and Detroit. The program includes housing, studio space, access to facilities, and the opportunity to connect with local artists, arts organizations and institutional partners.

    Spread Art
    Spread Art is a grassroots non-profit organization that was founded in Bushwick, Brooklyn and relocated to Detroit, MI. The Spread Art residency program is located in the historic neighborhood of Woodbridge, Detroit.

    University of Windsor – Emerging Artist Research Residency (EARR)
    Each May, the University of Windsor, School of Visual Arts offers emerging artists an opportunity to research and produce work with access to the school’s facilities through a one-month residency. The EARR may be on hiatus in 2017 as we move into our beautiful new downtown facility. We look forward to working with artists again once we are able to accommodate the program. Keep an eye on our website for updates as they are available.

  • Provincial

    Art Gallery of Ontario AIR
    The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) Artist in Residence program is one of the first of its kind at a major Canadian arts institution. The resident artist studio space is located inside the Weston Family Learning Centre, in the AGO, Toronto, ON. Residencies last for twelve weeks and provide the artist with access to facilities and a stipend covering materials and living costs.

    Buddies in Bad Times Theater 

    Through this program, Buddies commissions and develops new queer work for the stage. Using a bespoke artist-centered approach, Buddies works with writers, theatre collectives, directors, performance artists, and choreographers to create meaningful opportunities to explore new work and the creative process through a distinctly queer lens.


    Centre3 for artistic and social practice is a not-for-profit, charitable artist-run center that connects, educates, and collaborates with people on local, regional, national and international levels. Located in Hamilton Ontario, Centre3 programs two artist residencies, one for artists at any stage of their career and another specifically catered towards emerging artists.

    Harbourfront Centre
    Offers annual, summer and short-term artist residencies for artists practicing contemporary fine craft and design. The disciplines accepted include metal, textiles, glass ceramics and design.

    Near North Mobile Media Lab 

    The Near North Mobile Media Lab creates opportunities for artists and audiences to engage with media arts in northern Ontario regardless of class, age, gender, race, ability, or sexual orientation. N2M2L facilitates educational workshops, presents exhibitions, screenings, and festivals, and provides support to our membership through equipment rentals, project assistance, and mentorships. Far from the centers of population in Ontario, our collective continues to encourage our peers and youth in their explorations of electronic media, in developing their film-making skills and through the professional presentation of their artworks.

    Open Studio
    Open Studio is a leading printmaking organization in Canada and a charitable, non-profit based in Toronto, ON. Open Studio offers a number of artist residencies of varying lengths and benefits for both printmakers and non-printmakers.

    Pelee Island Book House

    Offers retreats with famous authors in addition to self-guided residencies allowing writers to work on their manuscripts. These residencies and retreats are of varying lengths and can offer additional activities involving island exploration.

    Round Table Residency 

    The Roundtable Residency is a six week long peer-mentored and self-directed experimental artist residency program in Toronto ON, with an emphasis on emerging artists. The primary goal of the residency is to assist artists in the development of their practice and to facilitate collaborations among artists and other practitioners with disparate methodologies and experiences.

    Spark Box Studio
    Spark Box Studio’s Artist in Residence program provides living and working space to accommodate both emerging and professional printmakers, photographers, painters, illustrators, and writers. Spark Box Studio is located in Picton, ON.

    The Slaight Family Music Lab 

    The Slaight Music Residency is a creative and business initiative for composers and songwriters. It encourages the complete integration of music creators into the onscreen process while offering unique business opportunities to increase the use of Canadian music in film and TV.

    White Water Gallery Artist Residency 

    The White Water Gallery accepts proposals for “micro” residencies from 1 -3 weeks in length. These residencies are open to Canadian and International artists or groups interested in engaging our Northern Ontario community. Artist fees and travel are negotiated on a case by case basis and special funding may need to be secured in order to accommodate some projects.

  • National


    Artsnb supports the cultural diversity of New Brunswick by fostering excellence in the arts, facilitating the creation of the arts by professional artists, and promoting the enjoyment and understanding of the arts. They provide list of advocacy, grant, and residency opportunities throughout Canada showcases opportunities for artists and creatives practicing in many different fields and disciplines.

    Akimbo is a Toronto-based arts company that promotes local, national and international artists. Akimbo posts various arts-based residencies on their website.

    Banff Centre
    Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, in Banff, Alberta, offers multiple types of residencies for many different creative disciplines.

    CAAF Residency 

    The CAAF Residency is a program offered by the Calgary Allied Art Foundation (CAAF)—a non-profit organization that supports and encourages the development of art and culture in Calgary. The residency program was developed to offer studio space to emerging artists in 1-3 month durations.

    Fogo Island Arts
    Fogo Island Arts residency program brings contemporary artists and researchers from around the world to live and work on Fogo Island and Change Islands. The program welcomes the participation of artists and thinkers working in a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to: visual arts, new media, design, music, dance, writing, and film.

    Kingsbrae International Residency for the Arts 

    Each year KIRA awards fifteen artists with a one-month residency in St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. Artists are provided with individual studio space, comfortable housing, up to two prepared meals each day and a stipend. Artists live on a historic property in a beautiful seaside town and work in studios located on the property. Applications are open to a range of disciplines and types of artists including but not limited to the visual arts, music/composition, new media, and interdisciplinary arts. Artists from all levels in their career who exhibit a strong professional work ethic and a collaborative attitude are encouraged to apply.

    Klondike Institute of Art & Culture

    The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) is an active center of cultural and social energy, hosting an ambitious schedule of courses, presentations, festivals, and exhibitions that follow programming priorities determined by a volunteer Board of Directors in consultation with KIAC staff.

    Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia 

    The primary goal of the Mermaid Theatre Loft Residency is to create a professional development opportunity for emerging and established professionals that are considered unique in Canadian theatre. Participants, with an interest in developing new work, or improve existing work, rooted in object and visual theatre, are encouraged to apply.

    Music by the Sea

    In 2012 Music by the Sea  (MBTS) initiated its first in a series of residencies for artists in Bamfield. This program is a part of our growing vision for MBTS at Bamfield. Eventually, there will be multiple simultaneous residencies, creating a community of artists that will be able to enjoy the benefits of solitude and a focused period of time for creation and practice but to also choose the benefits of collaborative experiences with other resident artists. This inaugural residency is a Winter Residency  (January 15 – February 15th), and we plan to add a Fall Residency as well.

    Ross Creek Centre for the Arts 

    The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts offers both self-directed and project-based residencies to professional artists working in one or more of the following media: visual art, writing, theatre, dance, film, music, performance art, photography, fiber arts, and video. Our Residencies provide a spectacular rural environment free from distraction. Each season offers a unique and changing landscape guaranteed to inspire artists of all disciplines.

    Writers Trust of Canada provides an in-depth list of writers residencies across Canada, from coast to coast. Including private and public opportunities this site offers many resources for writers in Canada to make use of to aid them in their careers.

  • International

    Resartis is the worldwide professional body for artist residencies. The site offers information on over 500 residencies from over 70 countries.

    The Dance Current 

    A comprehensive list of Choreographic Residencies across Canada, including some international opportunities.

Funding opportunities for AIR programs can be found on the OAC and CARFAC websites.