Call for Applications: William and Isabel Pope Artist’s Residency in Painting

Call for Applications

William and Isabel Pope Artist’s Residency in Painting in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Since 2011, the Robert Pope Foundation and NSCAD University have jointly offered a 2 month long artist residency with studio and honorarium to an exceptional Canadian painter each year.

To date the residency has been granted by a nomination process.

This year we are pleased to announce we will be considering applications as well.

pope artist studio

The Pope Residency Studio at the Fountain Campus.


We invite emerging and mid-career painters to apply for this unique opportunity to work and exhibit in our dynamic art college environment.

Eligibility requirements

This  artist residency is open to all Canadian painters who have completed an MFA degree.

MFA degree must have been completed prior to the residency’s start date.


2 months

Start Date

September 8th, 2018

Application due date

February 15, 2018

The Bill and Isabel Pope Artist’s Residency in Painting provides…

-A painting studio (roughly 400 sq. ft.) accessible 24/7 at NSCAD University’s Fountain Campus

-An $8,000 honorarium from the Robert Pope Foundation toward accommodation and living costs

-Up to $500 for travel expenses (with receipts)

-A two week solo exhibition at NSCAD’s Anna Leonowens Gallery scheduled to coincide with the artist residency itself

The resident artist will be expected to do studio visits with current MFA students and to give two artist talks— a slide talk for students and a gallery talk during their exhibition.

Submission Contents

Please send the following items in a single file in PDF format.

Maximum size: 20MB

1. Artist CV

2. Artist Statement

max. 400 words

3. Project Proposal

max. 400 words

3. References

Provide names and contact information for 2 professional references. Letters not required. Shortlisted candidates will be notified before references are contacted.

4. Images of painting work

Images must also be formatted to fit into single PDF file

5. Image list

List title, year, medium, dimensions and short descriptions if necessary for each of your images

6. Contact information

Provide your name, phone number, email address and website address.

All submissions must be sent by email to

For all other inquiries related to the residency please contact

Past Recipients:

2017 Nam Nguyen 

2016 Erin Loree

2015 Julie Trudel

2014 Colin Dorward

2012 Rick Leong

Pope Residency Testimonials

Nam Nguyen

“The Bill and Isabel Pope residency was of immense help to my art practice. Aside from the great studio, and the generous honorarium that provided the time for focused work, the community at Nscad University is full of engaged and dynamic students, teachers and technicians. Through the solo exhibition, and so many great conversations, I was able to find new insights into my work, that will fuel my creative pursuits for years to come. It was a definite creative boost. ”

Julie Trudel

“The NSCAD painting residency was an incredible opportunity to develop a new series of painting on shaped Plexiglas panels. The use of a high-tech plastic lab and the help of the technician was invaluable. He even bought a machine for my project! I received a lot of interesting feedback and felt I was part of the NSCAD community from the very beginning to the end.”

Rick Leong

“The William and Isabel Pope NSCAD Painting Residency was an invaluable experience that allowed me to explore painting in new ways through their comprehensive facilities and knowledgeable faculty. The strong sense of community was warm and welcoming, and I felt immediately comfortable exploring Halifax, meeting interesting people, and enjoying a multitude of inspiring art throughout all of the different galleries. I loved it!”