NSCAD's Community Studio Residency Programs
July 20, 2016


Call for applications
NSCAD University offers residency programs for recent grads in four sites through Nova Scotia. Participation in a residency program is regarded as an ideal way to launch or continue an artistic practise after graduation from NSCAD: giving alumni artists the physical space—not to mention the head space—to work. Prime studio space is offered in exchange for community involvement, whether that’s holding community workshops for adults or leading classes for school kids. Residents are expected to be active participants in their host communities by engaging town residents in the visual arts through exhibitions, receptions and guest lectures.

There are currently vacancies starting in September at three of NSCAD’s sites including Lunenburg, New Glasgow and Sydney. We are pleased to expand this opportunity for recent NSCAD alumni, with graduation dates over the past five years (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012).


The Lunenburg is our oldest residency site, this year celebrating 10 years! Residents in Lunenburg share a large, bright studio (with a kiln) in the former fire hall at 40 Duke Street. Also offered is subsidized rent in a spacious, three-bedroom apartment located above the studio. The Lunenburg residency is a year in duration and begins in September.

New Glasgow

New Glasgow artistic residents share a spacious studio which features a brand new Bartlett kiln, dark room and ample storage. The studio is located in New Glasgow’s Community Destination Centre at 142 Dalhousie Street. Residents are expected to arrange their own accommodations. New Glasgow offers support to the residents with their community programming and marketing of presentations and exhibits as well as embracing them to be part of town special events. The New Glasgow Library is also a good partner. The term of the residency is flexible and can be for three, six, nine or 12 months.


Sydney residents work out of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design at 322 Charlotte Street. Residents have access to a fully equipped, multi-use studio appropriate for ceramics, metal/glass, weaving and printmaking. Residents are expected to arrange their own accommodations. The term of the residency is flexible, up to one year.

To apply, please submit:
•    A 500-word essay describing:

 -    your art practice
-    how you intend to further  your art practice through the residency
-    goals for the time period of the residency
-    ways you could interact in the community

•    Please indicate your methods, equipment needed & preferred choice of residency site.
•    CV
•    Support material including up to 10 digital images of your work.
•    Names and contact information for two references. One must be a NSCAD faculty member.

The deadline for applications is August 10, 2016 at 5 pm. Please send to:

Andrew Neville
Public Projects Coordinator
Anna Leonowens Gallery
NSCAD University

The NSCAD Community Studio Residency is possible through the generous sponsorship of TD Bank.