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Media Release
January 23, 2019
Halifax, NS

Call for Photographers - Pier 21 Artist-in-Residence

Photographers are invited to submit proposals to be the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s Artist-in-Residence. This year, the Museum is accepting proposals from photographers who want to be inspired by the new exhibition Family Bonds and Belonging, from the Royal BC Museum, on display at the Canadian Museum of Immigration from March to November 2019. The six-month residency enables an artist to create new work that contributes to the Museum’s mandate while advancing their art practice.

Family Bonds and Belonging celebrates Canadian identity by exploring families and family history, linking past to present and province to nation. The exhibition honours and interprets the many ideas of family - those of biology, of choice, of association and of place. Through artifacts, family photos, home movies, heirlooms, costumes, clothing and oral histories, visitors will connect with the stories and traditions from early and contemporary families, immigrants and those who have always been here.

Prospective photographers should demonstrate how their project will help reflect the themes of Family Bonds and Belonging in a tangible way. The Family Portrait is a motif that appears throughout the exhibition, both formal photographs and informal snapshots. 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. Part of the artists’ project will be to encourage sharing of photos on social media with #FamPhoto21. Photos shared with this hashtag will be aggregated and digitally displayed in the exhibition and on our website.

Compensation for this six-month program is $15,000.00 plus cost of materials. All artists will be expected to spend 16 hours per week onsite interacting with our visiting public. This program is available to artists from across Canada but does not include accommodations.

More information about the Artist-in-Residence program and past projects:


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

Submission Requirements:

Please submit the following items by March 16, 2019.

  • 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)
  • 3) A short list of up to three artists may be interviewed prior to selection.
  • 4) Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

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)

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


Media Contact
Beatrice Houston Gilfoy, Communications Specialist
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Telephone: (902) 425-7770 ext. 264 C : (902) 430-3986