The airCRAFT Emerging Artists Residency is a 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 residents 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.

How to apply?

Timeline: (2020/21 Open to Applications)

  • Applications due July 12, 2021 at Midnight 
  • Notified or interviewed by Friday, August 10th, 2021 (dates are approximate updated dates TBA)
  • Notice of acceptance by resident by Thursday, August 21th, 2021 at 4:00pm (dates are approximate updated dates TBA)
  • Mandatory orientation Tuesday, September 15th, 2021 
  • Program runs from September 15th, 2021- June 15th, 2022


  • Emerging Artist – (early stage of their career)
  • Must have a BFA or proven skills in medium – technical/ knowledge
  • Self-directed, independent, and can conduct themselves in a professional manner in a cooperative studio environment
  • Applicants should have clear objectives for their career

Resources and Opportunities:

  • A launch to showcase residents (valued at $1000)
  • Monthly professional development sessions and peer to peer consultations (valued at $1500)
  • Access to up to $1000 approved for costs including but not limited to materials, local travel, professional development, equipment, memberships
  • Connecting participants with professionals in their field
  • Staff support in application or grant development
  • 24-hour access to studios (classes will continue to be held in the studios during the program)
  • Optional paid work available to gain experience in teaching, public speaking and interaction, gallery install and take down, retail and sales, and studio technician.

Artist Responsibilities:

  • Attending monthly professional development and peer to peer consultations
  • An Artist Talk or Formal Presentation
  • Presentation of work created (e.g. Pop-up show, booth in a market, Gallery show)
  • Public program/ workshop
  • At the end resident should have clear business plan/development strategy/practice structure/personal plan/trajectory

Program Fees:

  • $200 a month
  • $100 refundable damage deposit

For more information please contact Alexis Vessey, the Studio Coordinator at 902-492-2524 or

Application Process:

*NEW* Complete Online form

(if you are having trouble filling out the online form please email all the information to

Attachments to form must include:

  • One-page letter of intent describing your proposed project – Include goals and direction of work
  • C.V. (2-page max)
  • 5 images of past work-jpeg format (each images should not excess 1mb 72dpi)
  • 5 images of current work-jpeg format (each images should not excess 1mb 72dpi)
  • 2 sketches of possible future work-jpeg format (each images should not excess 1mb 72dpi)
  • reference sheet of the images and a description of materials, processes, size, title and date

Recommendation Forms:


For more information please contact Alexis Vessey, Studio Coordinator, at 902.492.2524 or by email