Apply to Participate in our 2018 European Artist Exchange!

By February 14, 2018News


The Hamilton Arts Council European Artist Residency provides a mid-career level visual artist from Hamilton, Ontario, the opportunity to create new works in the inspiring artist studio provided by the Estonian Artists Association in Tallinn, Estonia over a four week period in September 2018.

Application Deadline: March 2nd, 2018

Winning announcement will be made during Hamilton Arts Week June 2 – 8, 2018

The vision of this residency program is to build and strengthen cultural connections between Europe and Canada by providing an opportunity for Hamilton artists to work in Europe and meet local artists in the vibrant Estonian arts scene. The program is a partnership with the Hamilton Arts Council, the Estonian Artists Association and is funded through the generous support of The Cotton Factory.

What does the program offer?

The residency provides an opportunity for professional and artistic development through access to facilities to create new work;access to local artists through the Estonian Artists Association; and includes the opportunity to give two speaking engagements in Tallinn and at Tartu University.

The residency will provide a $500.00 Cdn ($327.51 Euro) per week stipend, accommodation in a live/work studio, travel to and from Tallinn, Estonia from Hamilton, Ontario, and a production allowance for material costs between $300 – $500 dollars.

The Studio is situated on the top floor of Tallinn Art Hall, built in 1934. The building is a major centre of Estonian art life and is located close to the old town of Tallinn, Europe’s best preserved medieval city. In addition to the Tallinn Art Hall, the building contains several artists’ studios, the office of the Estonian Artists’ Association, Estonian Centre for Contemporary Arts, an art supply shop, art galleries, etc. In the basement there is KuKu Club and on the first floor KuKu Café, both popular meeting places for local artists.

The studio, containing working space and accommodation on two levels, is about 50 m2, (538 sq. ft.) and has a bathroom,shower, WC and sink.

Who should apply?

This program targets exceptionally talented mid-level career Canadian artists residing in Hamilton, ON, who demonstrate the potential to make a significant contribution to the legacy of the arts in Canada.


To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

-Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Hamilton
-Demonstrate a strong personal and artistic connection to Hamilton
-Have completed formal training in visual arts
-Demonstrate commitment to the career of a professional visual artist by having practiced professionally in their field for a minimum of ten years, produced an independent body of work, and held at least two public exhibitions in a professional context
-Demonstrate they are able to work independently
-Be able to communicate effectively in English
-Be willing to give at least two (2) artists talks on their art, career and influences
-Become a member of the Hamilton Arts Council on or before the submission deadline date.

Application Requirements

Cover letter (500 words): Describe your work and connection to Hamilton. Describe your career goals, plans for future development and learning, why you wish to be considered for this program, and what impact it could have on your artistic practice.

Artist statement (500 words): Describe the conceptual basis of your artistic practice and frame your work within a larger context.

Bio/project summary (100 words each): On a single page, provide a brief biography and a summary of your proposed project. These summaries will be used as a narrative for administrative and public use.

Detailed project proposal and timeline (500 words): Outline your execution plan for the proposed project including a week to week timeline, description of medium(s) used, explanation of your specialized field of knowledge of these mediums, any specific processes, equipment and assistance required.

Resource requests: List all requests for supplies and materials required to create your work.

Portfolio: Upload five samples of your artistic work. Please include description of work, title, date created, mediums, and size.

Resumé: Please outline your education and related experience.

References: Please provide the name, occupation/title, and contact information of two references that will each submit a letter of support on your behalf should you be shortlisted for the program.

Please Send your completed application on or before March 2, 2018 at 12:00 noon.

Send Attention: European Residency

No telephone inquiries please.