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Call for Artists 2019

2019 will be the fourth 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. (See past projects) This year we are looking for a photographer who wants to be inspired by the themes of the exhibition Family Bonds and Belonging from the Royal BC Museum.

Family Bonds and Belonging celebrates Canadian identity by exploring families and family history, linking past to present and province to nation. Based on examples from the collection of the Royal BC Museum and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the exhibition investigates what the term “family” means and how families have shaped Canada. The exhibition celebrates the diversity of Canadian families and makes connections between BC families, Canadian and global families. It also offers opportunities to explore genealogy & foster interest in family research. The exhibition explores the ideas of family – those of blood, of choice, of association and of place – and is organized using four themes – belonging, growth and change, gatherings and generations.

Family portraits are a motif that appears throughout the exhibition, both formal photograph portraits and informal portraits from photo albums.

All artists will be expected to spend 16 hours per week onsite interacting with our visiting public. The compensation for this six-month program is $15,000.00 including materials. This program is available to artists from across the country but does not include accommodations.

Prospective photographers should demonstrate how their project will help reflect the themes of Family Bonds and Belonging in a tangible way. We are looking for proposals that include photographing visiting families in the exhibition’s foyer. Ideally visitors will have something tangible or digital to take away. Large wall space is available for a backdrop/set, projection, changing content or an installation that grows over the course of the residency. Please feel free to arrange a visit to the space or see previous artist-in-resident Kyle Jackson’s webpage for images of the area available:

Ownership of the artwork will remain with the artist unless otherwise negotiated.

Apply to Artist-in-Residence Program


Application deadline: March 16, 2019 for submission to our 2019 Residency Program
Selection of artist: April 8, 2019
Review project plan and develop an implementation plan with staff: April 2019
Project execution: 16 hours onsite per week from May to October 2019


$15,000.00 (including supplies)

Criteria for Selection:

  • Applicant demonstrates artistic excellence and professionalism. (30)
  • Proposed program will help visitors connect to the themes of the exhibition and to participate in something enjoyable with their family. (50)
  • Feasibility of the proposed program. (20)

Submission Requirements:

Please submit the following items by March 16, 2019. 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 engage our visitors
    • b) Brief project plan with a timeline and milestones
    • c) Estimated budget
    • d) Curriculum vitae
    • e) Work samples (five 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 Shauna MacLeod

2018 - Refuge Canada
Shauna MacLeod

Shauna MacLeod is a NSCAD graduate who has been working as a studio potter since 2012. She is one of a handful of ceramic artists working with Nova Scotia red earthenware clay.

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.

man smiling holding a banner

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.