Abbotsford Arts Council

Promoting local artists since 1971

Apply to be an Artist in Residence

The Abbotsford Arts Council is accepting applications from local artists on an ongoing basis for its Artist In Residence Program. The AiR is a self-directed program offering opportunities for artists to work in the secondary space of the Kariton Art Gallery. This residency accommodates artists working in painting, drawing, installation, photography, sculpture, print, fibre, video, film, writing and literary arts, performance and applied arts for the production of new or ongoing bodies of work. In exchange, artists will facilitate an outreach or education program for the local community, set weekly hours to interact with the public through their art, and may participate in an exhibit if deemed appropriate.


This residency is open to artists of all disciplines throughout the Lower Mainland. The arts council is seeking an artist who will benefit from public work experience and has an ongoing, self-directed, independent practice. Two artists may apply together, partnerships and collectives are welcome. Suitability and limitations of the space will be taken into consideration. Artist in Residence are required to become a member of the Abbotsford Arts Council in order to participate in the program, but do not need to be members to apply.

Artist in Residence facilities include:

  • Use of secondary gallery space
  • Use of sinks, power outlets, tables and chairs
  • Depending on the nature of the proposal space may be available during open hours or after hours.
  • Artists are responsible for personal expenses including materials and equipment related to their work during their residency tenure.

Duration of Residency:

There is currently no set time for AAC residencies. Previous residencies have ranged from 6 weeks to 6 months.

Deadline: Reviewed on an ongoing basis

How to Apply:

Please submit the following information to in ONE PDF DOCUMENT.

  • Subject line: Artist in Residence Proposal
  • Name, address, email, and telephone number
  • Available dates
  • Project summary (limited to 100 words)
  • Bio (limited to 100 words)
  • Detailed Project Proposal and Outreach Program (In 500 words, describe the concept, framework, mediums of use, accompanying outreach program and how this residency will help develop your creative practice.)
  • Current CV (maximum 3 pages describing academic, professional and other relevant experience)
  • Maximum 5 Samples of work ie, images, links to video clips, or publications. Images should be titled in the following format:                                    artist_title_medium_size

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