The Artist Incubator Lab: Call for Emerging Artists
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications...

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 RBC Emerging Artist Residency.

All applications are due March 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery: RBC Emerging Artist Residency Program 2020-2021

The Artist Incubator Lab is a paid residency opportunity for emerging artists supported by the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artist Project. The residency package presents artists with opportunities for professional growth, exhibition experience, and collaboration with The RMG staff. We are currently accepting applications for early career artists, age 35 and under, who want to take ownership of this unique residency space and engage with the public.

Gallery A and the Artist Incubator Lab are innovative exhibition and studio spaces within The Robert McLaughlin Gallery that support community activation and provide artists with professional development opportunities. The Artist Incubator Lab is a space for creativity and experimentation that strives to support the local arts ecosystem. While in residence, artists are encouraged to create new work, generate bold ideas, have vision, and make meaningful connections with our visitors and our community.

Fees: We pay a residency fee of $2,000 to support production, materials, travel, and installation costs. Additionally, we pay a $3000 artist fee.

Your residency experience will include…

  • 12 weeks in the Artist Incubator Lab (studio) followed by a four-week exhibition in Gallery A (exhibition space)
  • Professional support and consultation from RMG staff in the development and installation of your exhibition
  • Promotion of your work through our communication channels
  • Opportunities to develop your professional practice through meetings with our curatorial staff
  • The opportunity to have a reception on RMG Fridays, give an artist talk or workshop, and make connections with our gallery audiences and the greater community

Who are you?

  • You are a developing, early-career artist under the age of 35
  • Your artistic practice is the primary goal for your long-term career
  • You are able to commit to the Artist Incubator Lab for a minimum of 16-20 hours per week
  • You intend to use the residency to develop your artistic career
  • You have an ambitious, experimental, and dedicated practice

Although priority will be given to residents of the Durham Region, all applications will be considered. We encourage individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors and community to apply.

2020-2021 Residency Slots:

Summer 2020: June 1 – August 23, 2020
Exhibition: August 28 – September 27, 2020

Fall 2020: September 8 – November 29, 2020
Exhibition: December 4, 2020 – January 10, 2021

Winter 2021: December 7-20, 2020 and January 4 – March 14, 2021
Exhibition: March 17 – April 14, 2021

Spring 2021: March 22 – June 13, 2021
Exhibition: June 16 – July 14, 2021

How to apply:

Please apply for the program hereYou will be asked to complete the form and then upload your application package in a single PDF labeled with your full name. Please include the following documents:

  • An artist statement that in concise and specific language summarizes your artistic practice and point of view. (Maximum 150 words)
  • short bio that highlights your education and accomplishments as a professional artist. (Maximum 150 words)
  • Your Artist CV (Maximum 3 pages)
  • A project proposal expressing what your artistic practice could gain from a residency at The RMG, clearly outlining your project, objectives, and desired outcomes for the duration of the residency. If you plan to involve any other groups or people in your work or project, please indicate that here. (Maximum 300 words)
  • Your residency will be supported by an experienced staff of curators, educators, and administrators. Please provide a statement expressing how you would take advantage of professional development opportunities at The RMG, learning from and participating in our culture of collaboration and cross-departmental engagement. (Maximum 150 words)
  • Examples of your work (with captions, including title, date, and medium) that support your goals and the direction you intend to take during the residency. You can submit links to videos on your website, Vimeo, or YouTube. (Maximum 15 images and/or videos)

Your PDF cannot exceed 5 MB.

All applications are due March 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST.

Please note that in order to meet the residency requirements you are expected to be onsite at The RMG for 16-20 hours per week.

Do you have questions about this opportunity?

Please contact or call 905 576-3000

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is committed to diversity in the workplace and advocates equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. We are committed to ensuring that The Robert McLaughlin Gallery remains an inclusive, respectful, and safe space. The RMG encourages applications from everyone, including but not limited to women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, people with disabilities and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

The RMG would like to acknowledge the RBC Foundation for their generous support of this project.


The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is situated on the ancestral lands and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and the traditional territory of the Mississauga Nation.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is a vibrant and engaging art gallery dedicated to sharing and protecting the stories of our communities through art, shared authority, education, and engagement. The Gallery is a meeting place for exploration and experimentation, a place where art, artists, and the community come together in conversation.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is an accessible venue. To learn more or request accommodations click here.

For all communications and media related inquiries, please contact Ingrid Forster, Communications & Digital Media Lead at


The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
72 Queen Street, Civic Centre, Oshawa, Ontario
905 576 3000 ex 109 |

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