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Call for Newcomer Artist in Residence


CBC Newfoundland and Labrador in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries (NLPL) invites applications for a three-month, paid position of Newcomer Artist in Residence from May-July 2023 to work inside a library branch. This residency aims to deepen community connections through the sharing and creating of art. Community engagement events such as creative workshops, open studio hours, and an exhibit provide the public with opportunities to meet the artist, observe the artistic process and take part in art-making with a focus on identity and creative expression. We know the powerful connection that lies between art and storytelling. Art transcends boundaries. Despite different cultures, languages, or histories, art unites us. Ultimately we hope this residency brings people together.

Description of the Position

We are seeking emerging or professional artists who have lived in Newfoundland and Labrador for five years or less. This residency is open to artists of any discipline who enjoy connecting with community members.

The artist should:

  • Currently reside in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Develop creative workshops (in collaboration with CBC NL and the NLPL) that support the     NLPL’s and CBC’s priorities to connect people and communities.
  • Be willing to commute to Mount Pearl or Conception Bay South for the residency
  • Be willing to discuss their work and participate in conversations and interviews throughout   the duration of the residency

Description of the Residency

The residency will be based inside either the Conception Bay South Public Library branch or the Ross King Memorial (Mount Pearl) Public Library branch of the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries. As the artist will be working inside a public space, we expect the chosen artist to be comfortable engaging with visitors to the library. As well, the artist will need to be mindful of the materials they are using in their artistic practice to ensure the smells and/or sounds are not disruptive to visitors inside the library. Artists will have access to tables and chairs in the space. The residency will run for three months from May-July.

The artist will be required to hold at least 4 creative workshops (at least one of the four will be for children) in collaboration with CBC NL and the library. The artist will determine their ‘studio’ hours during the duration of the residency with a minimum of 3 hours per week where they work on their art inside the library. The artist will be open to collaborating with CBC NL on the creation of digital content (i.e Instagram reels, how-to videos) which may be shared on CBC platforms. At the end of the residency, the library and CBC NL will hold an exhibit open to the public in collaboration with the artist.


The Artist in Residence will be paid $5000 for the residency. This amount includes off site preparation time and onsite program delivery time. Note: The successful applicant will also be able to avail of a travel stipend (for taxis or bus pass) if required for the commute to Mount Pearl or Conception Bay South.


The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Self-identify as an artist/illustrator/craftsperson
  • Actively practices their art
  • Must be living in Newfoundland and Labrador for 5 years or less

Additionally, the successful applicant must be willing to:

  • Work collaboratively with CBC and the library
  • Successfully meet the criteria of their residency schedule (co-developed with CBC NL)
  • Create art while inside the library branch
  • Be available for press events/media interviews with CBC, and be open to discussing their work with library patrons
  • Provide a short bio and artist photograph. This will be used on the CBC NL and NLPL websites to promote the residency, for in-library signage and to introduce the artist at workshops and the exhibit
  • Collaborate with the library on a booklist for the library’s website on a topic related to their artistic practice
  • Showcase their work, at the close of their residency.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • A residency proposal outlining your intended focus area during the residency and include the following (500 words or less, or video/audio submission max 5 minutes in length):
    • Describe how you plan to approach the creative workshops with community members
    • Describe how your artistic practice is a fit with the NLPL and CBC NL’s priorities to connect communities
  • Artist statement outlining an overview of your practice (300 words or less).
  • Current Resume or CV (2 pages or less)
  • Up to 10 images of your work with accompanying descriptions

Note: We are happy to accept submissions in another language but please contact before submitting so we can arrange translation services. The successful candidate will be selected by a committee put together by Eastern Edge Gallery which will also include an employee from CBC NL and an employee of the NLPL.

All applicants will be notified once the committee has made its selection. Please submit applications to Katie Rowe, Community Engagement Producer at

Application deadline: April 5, 2023