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Call for Artists 2018

2018 will be the third year for the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s Artist-in-Residence program. The goal of our six-month residency is to enable an artist to create new work that contributes to the Museum’s mandate while advancing their art practice. We are looking for an artist who wants to be inspired by the themes of our new exhibition Refuge Canada by creating items to be given to recent refugees in the Halifax area. These should be items that the refugees need.

The compensation for this six-month program is $15,000.00 plus cost of materials. This program is available to artists from across the country, but please note accommodations are not included.

Unlike the previous artist-in-residence projects, which have been delivered on-site in an open studio, the setting for this year’s project may happen off site, though we hope prospective artists will find creative ways to share their practice with Museum visitors through workshops or group activities. See sample project ideas below, but we expect that there are many interesting ideas that we have not considered.

In their proposals, prospective artists-in-residence should demonstrate how their project will help reflect the themes of Refuge Canada and benefit refugees to Halifax in a tangible way.


See the exhibition description >

Sample project ideas:

  • An artist might want to make book bags for newcomer children and to teach our visitors how to make their own at our annual Artist for a Day event.
  • A fiber artist may propose making mittens, hats or scarves for newcomers. Possibly building and leading a group of volunteers who meet at the museum over the course of the residency.
  • A photographer might want to offer professional family portraits to help newcomers commemorate their arrival in Canada. These could potentially be collected in a digital gallery and/or become an installation at the Museum for Nocturne 2018.
  • Something with chocolate?

Apply to Artist-in-Residence Program


Application deadline: March 16, 2018 for submission to our 2018 Residency Program
Selection of artist: April 16, 2018
Review project plan and develop an implementation plan with staff: April 2018
Project execution: 16 hours per week from May to October 2018


$15,000.00 (for this unique residency funds for materials will be supplied)

Criteria for Selection:

  • Applicant demonstrates artistic excellence and professionalism. (30)
  • Proposed program will offer new arrivals to HRM something practical that helps make them feel welcome. (40)
  • Extent to which the proposed program includes interaction with our visitors (school groups, exhibit patrons, special program attendees). (10)
  • Feasibility of the proposed program. Bonus points will be awarded to applicants with a sponsor for their materials. (20)

Submission Requirements:

Please submit the following items by March 16, 2018. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

  • 1) Cover page/Email including full contact information
  • 2) Email, CD, DVD or USB drive including:
    • a) Proposal: a description of your proposed project including requirements and a description of how the proposed project will help newcomer and (if applicable) engage our visitors
    • b) Brief project plan with a timeline and milestones
    • c) Estimated budget (including all materials which the Museum will fund)
    • d) Curriculum vitae
    • e) Work samples (five to work samples, articles or reviews, whatever best conveys your work)

A short list of up to three artists may be interviewed prior to selection.

Send or email submissions to:

Carrie-Ann Smith
Vice-President, Audience Engagement
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
D : 902.425.0071 T : 902.425.7770 ext. 225 F : 902.423.4045

artist Andrea Tsang

Andrea Tsang Jackson

Andrea is an emerging textile artist who holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from McGill University and a Master’s Degree in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work has been published in Flare, the Chronicle Herald, and The Coast.

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2016 - To Those Still At Sea...
Kyle Jackson

Kyle Jackson is a multidisciplinary artist who works with paint and interactive sculpture. A graduate of NSCADU with a Degree in Painting, Kyle’s art practice is primarily spent creating and building work to charm and engage the world.