Salt Spring Island Artist Residency, Deadline: Apr 15

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Salt-Spring-studioSalt Spring Island Artist Residency


Deadline for Submission: April 15th

Program Overview

The Artist in Residence program (AiR) provides an opportunity for artists to work in the vibrant arts environment of Salt Spring Island. The program is open to all professionals working in the arts, in any genre or medium, at any stage of their careers. The program aims to provide an extraordinary venue for individual artists and artist collaborations to create new works, explore new creative horizons and interact with both the local community and visitors to the island.

AiR provides workspace for visiting artists accepted into the program, negotiates reduced rates for off-season accommodation, and provides social and cultural support. Transportation to and from the island is the responsibility of the applicant.

Eligible Genres of Art

The SSAC AiR Program is in its developmental stage; as such we expect to offer 2-3 residencies in the initial years, expanding as resources allow. In order to explore the scope of potential participation and to reflect the diversity of the arts on Salt Spring Island, applications for the AiR will be accepted from artists in a wide variety of visual, literary and performing art disciplines, including but not limited to fine art, photography, film, craft, design, music, composition, creative writing, dance, choreography and curatorial activities. Acceptance of some genres of art will be subject to SSAC being able to secure access to specialized facilities.

Eligible Artists

AiR is open to all professionals working in the arts at any stage of their careers. AiR encourages applications from artists of diverse cultural and regional backgrounds from inside and outside of Canada.

Application Process

An application for an AiR is submitted electronically or by mail using the on-line form (a fillable PDF) LINK. The application requirements are quite straightforward and include

  • Basic information about the applicant
  • A project proposal
  • Documentation of artistic work and
  • A short CV

Collaborative applications are accepted. Collective support materials as well as individual resumes and bios should be submitted for each applicant. Please note that collaborative applications will receive a single studio space to be shared. A submission fee per applicant will be charged.

A non-refundable $30 administration fee is due with the residency application.

Selection process

Applications are reviewed annually by a jury committee constituted by AiR. Residencies will be awarded based on available facilities, potential links to the Salt Spring community, collaborative opportunities and artistic merit.

Terms of Residency

The SSAC arranges and provides studio space and support for the AiR program on the understanding that artists consider this a work opportunity. Artists are asked to deliver an introductory public talk, reading or lecture (targeted to the lay public) and/or an exhibition or performance during the tenure of a residency.

The AiR Committee will facilitate additional activities that the artist may wish to undertake, for example:

  • An “open studio” day
  • Master classes or workshops for the local arts community or an interactive session at the local elementary and secondary school
  • Exhibition or performance
  • Opportunities for partnerships and dialogues with local artists

AiR Offers:

  • 2-3 residencies annually
  • Residencies of up to 3 months in duration during the period of October 15 to April 15.   The potential exists for longer term residencies of 6-9 months. Please contact AiR (see Contact information) to discuss these possibilities.
  • Studio Space.
  • Exhibition and/or performance space in historic Mahon Hall or other venues, subject to availability.
  • Access to office equipment (computer, fax, photocopier) and meeting space.
  • Profile on the SSAC website and on the SSNAP website for the SSNAP residency prize.
  • Access to SSAC personnel who will communicate, organize and liaise with various community groups.
  • Profile in the local community through the SSAC mailing list, the local newspaper and the Salt Spring Exchange.

Deadline for Submission: April 15th

Notification of Residency awards: by June 15th

Residency to be held between the months of October (in the year of application) and April (in the year following application)

AIR Application Form 2017

AIR Program Description (rev. August 2016) pdf


The SSAC Artist in Residence (AiR) program is committed to the enhancement of opportunities for local, regional, national and international artists and to fostering community engagement in the arts – visual, literary and performing.

The AiR Mission

  • To provide professional and emerging artists with the time and space for creativity and productivity
  • To introduce visiting artists to Salt Spring and its artistic communities
  • To foster the professional development of local artists and the productive collaboration and networking of SSI artists with visiting artists
  • To offer the SSI community diverse engagement opportunities including public talks, workshops, performances and exhibitions
  • To enhance the potential and impacts of community arts engagement (to provoke, grow participation, nurture youth, act as economic stimulus)

    Contact Us:

    Artists in Residence, Salt Spring Arts Council 114 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island BC V8K 2V5 Email:



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