Summer Professional Development

Each spring, the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia accepts applications from pre-professional artists for the Summer Professional Development Residencies in the Ceramics, Wood, Metal/Jewellery, and Weaving/Textile Studios.

How to apply?

Application Deadline:

Sunday, May 1st, 2022 at 11:59pm.


  • Advanced students and recent graduates.
  • Emerging, 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.

Resources, Opportunities, and Artist Responsibilities:

  • The residency will take place from  June 29 – September 4, 2022
  • 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
  • There is the expectation that residents will commit to creating installation-ready work that shows the process, care and intention of their participation.
  • A group exhibition of resident’s work at the Mary E. Black Gallery
    • Installation dates are August 30th and 31st between 9am and 5pm
    • Opening September 1 at 6:00pm
    • Runs from September 1 to 18, 2022 
  • Attending a mandatory orientation the first day, June 29, and 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

Program Fees:

  • $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

Application Process:

Complete online FORM. (If you are having trouble filling out the online form please email all the information as a PDF copy to

Attachments to form must include:

  • One page Letter of Intent describing your proposed project and what facilities you plan to use
  • C.V. (2 pages maximum)
  • 10 (no more) images of current work in jpeg format (each images should not excess 1mb 72dpi) 
  • Image list, and a description of materials, processes, size, title and date.
  • Two letters of reference from a mentor, teacher, collaborator, supervisor or gallerist. *Note – Letters of Recommendation SHOULD NOT BE OPENED OR SENT BY APPLICANT. THEY MUST BE SENT UNDER SEPARATE COVER DIRECTLY to the Studio Coordinator. It is your responsibility to ensure we have both letters of recommendation on or prior to the application deadline.

Letters of reference can be completed by the Referee in 2 ways:

For more information please contact Pam Juarez, Studio Coordinator, at 902-492-2524 or by email