2019: There are no current calls for Artist in Residence. We will post updates when funding for this program has been secured.

August 2018

Call for submissions: Fall 2018 Artist in Residence at Wonder’neath (K’jipuktuk/Halifax)

In partnership with Radstorm, Wonder’neath Art Society is accepting applications for our Fall 2018 Artist in Residence Program. This is a short-term residency for 1 artist. Wonder’neath Art Society is a nonprofit based in the north end of Halifax with a history of socially engaged and community based art work since 2010. Our vision is a neighbourhood deeply connected through the arts and we maintain a dedicated shared studio facility for practicing artists and public programming.

Fall Residency

Wonder’neath is interested in supporting a local artist, whose practice is based primarily in craft or visual art, through a one month residency from Sept.15th - Oct.15th. We are looking to centre QTBIPOC, POC, and LGBTQ2SIA voices within this residency, and are open to working with emerging artists, underrepresented artists, and artists who have had to put their art practices on hold because of life circumstances. These voices will be prioritized in the selection of our artist in residence. 


We imagine a residency that allows an artist time to develop their work, a particular project (such as Nocturne), or exploration of a medium in a space that welcomes the public at scheduled times. We envision a 40 hour work week with approximately 16 hours per week devoted to public/community programming. This might look like: studio hours aligned with our programs (such as Open Studio), the development of workshops for a specific community, talks, special events or final a final presentation or performance. 

The space: We are offering 24 hour access to a semi-private studio (8’x14’) within a shared facility, in a supportive work environment. The space would be yours exclusively, with scheduled access to additional workspaces within the studio. We offer community programs throughout the week, and hope that some of the artist’s work time would complement this schedule. You will also have access to Radstorm’s performance space and screen printing facilities as part of this residency.

What is covered: Studio rent is covered for one month, and an artist stipend of $2000 is paid directly to the artist in two payments (arranged according to artist need). Materials are the responsibility of the artist, however Wonder’neath has a collection of found materials, resources, and non-consumables that can be shared. Wonder’neath will promote the artist in residence, and any special events, on social media and in print. Additional support (such as occasional transportation needs) can be arranged, but should be mentioned in the proposal. This studio is not ventilated or soundproof, so is suitable only for mediums that are non toxic and not loud. Wonder’neath is committed to making our studio as safe as possible, including supporting closed spaces, so please share your inclusion needs. Please note: the studio is located on the 2nd floor of an industrial building, accessible only by stairs. 

How to apply:

We will consider applications in all preferred formats (writing, audio, video, or other visual formats). We can also arrange to do verbal applications if oral communication is your preferred method of sharing ideas. Please feel free to self-identify as we aim to support underrepresented artists, and artists who have not had opportunities for artistic development. 

Submissions are due on: August 28th at 5pm

In your application, please share:

  • Name and contact information

  • A letter that outlines your art practice (what you do, how you do it)

  • Documentation of your work (website, social media, images - all files must be readable by Mac computer)

  • Two references (please provide how they are connected to you, and contact info)

  • Goals for the one month residency (your idea, what you are planning to do, when you plan to work)

  • How you plan to work with the public or with a community that you choose

  • Any support or needs you have for success within the residency

  • CV, artist statement, bio, or articles about your work, letter(s) of support (these are all helpful, but not required)

Phone: 902-454-6860   Email: wonderneath@gmail.com

Mail/Drop off: 

Wonder’neath Art Society, 2891 Isleville Street, Halifax, NS  B3K 3X6

Have questions? We are happy to support your application and the development of your practice. Please call or email to learn more about Wonder’neath, this residency opportunity, or to discuss your idea, or inclusion needs. If you need help creating a proposal, we can assist you.

Our process: Submissions will be reviewed by a small volunteer jury that will include: 1 local artist/facilitator, 1 member of Wonder’neath staff, 1 community member/or facilitator. After the proposals have been reviewed, a decision will be made and shared with the artist by August 31st. An announcement will be made public by Sept. 1st. 

Our criteria: Is the proposal exciting? Will it be a fit with Wonder’neath’s studio and public programming? Is the project clear and achievable? Does the artist have interest or experience sharing their practice, facilitating or working in collaboration?

Support/funding: Support for this project has been made possible by Arts Nova Scotia, private donations, Radstorm and Wonder’neath Art Society.



Bria about to be interviewed (bottom left)

Bria about to be interviewed (bottom left)

Bria Miller joined Wonder'neath as Artist in Residence in Sept 2017.  Big news: Her residency has just been extended until Spring 2018, thanks to a brilliant funding campaign!

The initial phase of the Artist in Residence program was generously funded through Visual Arts Nova Scotia, and Bria's programming as part of her residency has been funded through Nova Scotia Culture and Youth Activities Program.  More news and workshop schedule to follow.