Complementing our pre-professional summer residency and our airCRAFT career development residency program, the Craft LAIR offers a flexible studio space to professional artists and artisans interested in engaging with the public. These eight to ten week, project-based residencies offer craft-artists a free, secure, semi-private, work/display/flex space adjacent to our Mary E. Black Gallery. In exchange, artists are asked to create new work during the residency, make themselves available during regular gallery hours for a minimum of 6 hours per week for open studio/public interaction, and offer one craft-based public event at the centre (eg: presentation, workshop, demonstration etc.). 

Artists have found the public engagement and feedback from people to be the most beneficial aspect of the residency. We encourage artists to use the Craft LAIR as an experimental space to explore new ideas, alternative materials, and engage with the public and craft communities to gain feedback on their work. Ideas for Craft LAIR residencies: mount a small exhibit alongside the workspace, make the space into a pop-up shop, experiment with developing an installation over the course of the residency, use the whole space as a dedicated studio to make new work, focus on staging work for documentation and designing new presentation styles, work with new and alternative materials etc... If you have an idea that falls outside of these suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact us to see if it may be a good fit. 


  • Interested artists are encouraged to contact the gallery
  • Blocks available:

- The CraftLAIR programmin for 2019 Is full. A new deadline for subissions to the 2020 residency and the start dates and duration of the 2020 CraftLair residecies will be posted soon.

The committee endeavors to accomodate requested dates or schedule residencies to create connections with Mary E. Black Gallery exhibition.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Quality of applicant’s work 
  • The artistic merit of the proposed project 
  • Applicant’s professional experience as a craft artist
  • The capacity of the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia to support the success of the project within our studios


  • Dedicate a significant portion of your time to creating new work during the residency
  • Maintain six hours per week during the centre’s open hours for public interaction
  • Deliver one public program which will be developed in consultation with staff upon acceptance (workshops, demonstrations etc)


  • 10’ x 22’ secure work-room with glass doors (no ventilation - scents prohibited)
  • Public reception introducing the residency alongside the Mary E Black Gallery opening
  • Inclusion in our promotional program
  • Opportunity to sell work reflecting high standards of craftsmanship directly to visitors
  • Access to additional facilities outside our regular course schedule to be negotiated with the studio coordinator and technicians in wood, metal, glass, ceramic, and weaving

Application Requirements: 

  • Letter outlining the proposed project to be undertaken during the residency, and dates of availability (1 page max)
  • CV demonstrating professional experience which includes contact information and website if applicable
  • 5-10 images of related work and 1-2 sketches of proposed project


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The airCRAFT Emerging Artists Residency is the newest addition to our Centre. The one-of-a-kind craft dedicated residency strives to support emerging artists taking the next steps in their careers. Through a 9-month residency the Centre will work with each resident one-on-one to individualize and tailor the program to suit their particular objectives for their art careers. Whether the resident would like to pursue a career in production or to create a new body of work to exhibit in galleries, this residency is for them to explore and develop their practice towards the next step in their career. With studios in Ceramics, Wood, Jewellery, and Weaving/Textile the program supports up to 3 participants.



* Applications due August 17th, 2018

* Notified by Friday, August 24th, 2018 4:00pm

* Notice of acceptance by Monday, September 3rd, 2018

* Mandatory orientation Friday, September 7th, 2018

* Program runs from September 7th- June 15th, 2018

Application Guidelines
Application Form
Recommendation Form

For more information please contact Emily Wareham, the Studio Coordinator at 902-492-2524 or



Summer Residency

Each spring, the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia accepts applications for the Summer Professional Development Residencies in the Ceramics, Wood, Glass, Metal/Jewellery, and Weaving/Textile Studios 


Summer Professional Development Residency: June 28 - August 30, 2018

Application Deadline

Thursday, April 26, 2017 at 4pm, 2018.

Who Should Apply

·         Advanced students and recent graduates 

·         Pre-professional and self-directed artists who need time and space to develop a body of work while exploring individual style and technique 

·         Individuals who work independently, conduct themselves in a professional manner and are comfortable working in a cooperative studio environment 

Important Details

·         The residency will take place from June 28 - August 30, 2018

·         The studios will be accessible 24 hours a day 

·         Residents are expected to keep their spaces and the studio tidy, as well as treat the facilities and equipment respectfully

·         A group exhibition of resident’s work will be held in the Mary E. Black Gallery in September

·         Mandatory orientation the first day + 3 other mandatory group meetings throughout the residency:

·          1st meeting within first week: Artist talks and goals for residence

·          2nd meeting after a month: group sharing discussions on progress/issues/problem solving

·          3rd meeting at the end: gallery show organization, artist statements, bios, invites, set up


$325 + HST 

$50 damage deposit which will be returned upon the completion of the residency provided no damage has been done to the studios or equipment, studios are left clean, and keys returned

Please Submit

1.      Completed and signed application form

2.      One page Letter of Intent describing your proposed project and what facilities you plan to use

3.      C.V. (2 pages maximum)

4.      CD or drive containing 10 (no more) images of current work in jpeg format (PC compatible files) with accompanying reference sheet with printed versions of the images and a description of materials, processes, size, title and date

5.      Two letters of reference


*deadline for all application forms is on Thursday April 26th, 2018 at 4pm*


·         Click here to download the Centre for Craft Residency Information Form

·         Click here to download the Centre for Craft Recommendation Form

·         Click here to download the Centre for Craft Residency Application Form

Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

For more information please contact Emily Wareham, Studio Coordinator, at 902.492.2524 or by email