KIRA International Art Residency in Atlantic Canada

KIRA International Art Residency in Atlantic Canada

Every year KIRA awards 6 artists with a one month residency. Artists are provided with individual studio space, comfortable housing, two prepared meals each day and live on a historic property in a beautiful seaside town. Artists should bring all supplies and materials needed for their creative process, to ensure availability of required supplies and provisions. As part of the residency, artists will be asked to engage with the community for up to six hours a week. These engagements will vary based on skills and interest and can include a partnership with Kingsbrae Garden which is located just steps away from the residence and studios.

Applications are open to a range of disciplines and types of artists including but not limited to the visual arts, music/composition, writing, new media, and interdisciplinary arts. Artists from all levels in their career who exhibit a strong professional work ethic and a collaborative attitude are encouraged to apply.

We will now accept applications for our 2024 Artist in Residence Program taking place from September 13th, 2024 until October 11th, 2024. Application cut-off is November 30th, 2023. To apply for the residency, please click on the “Apply Here” button on the bottom of the page and do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions.

Program details and support

  • One month of free studio space in a freestanding 300-square foot studio.
  • Private bedroom/bathroom in a well-maintained historic property located steps away from the studio.
  • Up to 6 artists living on-site.
  • Two meals a day for six days a week (breakfast and dinner).
  • Artists are required to host public teaching sessions with students or seniors.
  • Access to Kingsbrae Garden and KIRA’s public amphitheater events.
  • Artists will be responsible for covering costs associated with the purchase of materials, shipment of artwork/supplies, travel costs and other living expenses including supplemental food.
  • Artists will participate in Open Studios for the public each Saturday on top of one public engagement session.

​     DATES: the 2024 Residency will be September 13th, 2024 – October 11th, 2024

Artist in Residence Program

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The application process for the 2024 residency IS OPEN NOW

Selection Process

– Artists will be selected using a panel review process. The following criteria are considered: overall merit of work, readiness to engage with the community, potential to develop creative practice, influence by the location, and statistical data including career level, and geographic location.

– References of finalists will be contacted.
 – A 30-minute (max.) Skype call between the finalists and program administrators will be conducted as part of the selection process.

Application requirements
 – Artist statement (1400 character limit).
 – Resume or CV (2-page maximum).
 – Responses to following open-ended questions (1400 character limit for each question):

  • Tell us about you and your work and why this residency would be important to you at this time in your career?
  • What do you expect to accomplish during your four-week residency?
  • Artists are expected to engage with the community through weekly open studios days. Describe how you would share your weekly progress and final artist experience with the visiting public?

– Contact info for three professional references (name, email, phone number and relationship).

– Portfolio of work (up to 5 forms of documentation).  
NOTE for writers* Portfolio of work for writers (4 examples – 500-word limit per excerpt).

– $10 (CAD) + fees Application fee.

Website link: RESIDENCIES | Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (

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