Call for Applications: Cedar Ridge Creative Centre Summer Residency Program 2023

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre Main House

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre Summer Residency Program

Residency Dates: July 4 – August 11, 2023
Deadline for Applications: Friday, April 14, 2023 by 4:00 PM

The Cedar Ridge Summer Residency welcomes one visual artist (during Centre hours) from July 4 to August 11, 2023, culminating in a September exhibit of the resident’s work in the Cedar Ridge Gallery. The residency offers a working environment that supports the artistic process for emerging and mid-career artists.

The 2023 Residency site is The Gardener’s Cottage, nestled in the Cedar Ridge park and gardens, overlooking a ravine with the Highland Creek below. The cottage is adjacent to the Cedar Ridge Main House, which holds galleries and instructional art studios.

The Gardener’s Cottage at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, site of the 2023 Summer Residency


  • Applicants must be residents of the City of Toronto and must not be enrolled in any arts degree or diploma program
  • Emerging artists are defined as artists who have recently completed post-secondary training in the arts and/or have begun to exhibit their work in a public context, having a limited amount of experience in the field but beginning to gain recognition for their artwork through gallery exhibitions, grants, commissions or sales of their work
  • Mid-career artists are defined as artists that have specialized training in the arts and have maintained an independent professional practice for at least three years, are recognized as a professional artist by their peers, have produced an independent body of work and have made at least three public presentations of work in a professional context over a three-year period
  • All works must conform to the City of Toronto Human Rights and Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy and be suitable for a general audience

The artist will receive a residency package valued at $6000, which includes:

  • The use of the Gardener’s Cottage studio during Centre hours
  • Exhibition space at the Cedar Ridge Gallery for two weeks in September 2023
  • Promotion of final exhibition through established City of Toronto channels
  • $500 in art supplies
  • Cedar Ridge Creative Centre’s support connecting the recipient to the community, art networks and/or to pursue outside grants for the term of their residency

Corynn Kokolakis & Marlene Kawalez gallery exhibition at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre


  • Recipient is responsible for all production costs in excess of the $500 in art supplies provided
  • Recipient must work in the studio a minimum of 15 hours per week, during operating hours
  • Recipient will be required to give an artist talk and offer one community workshop at Cedar Ridge
  • Recipient must actively participate in the promotion of the program, the site and the opening reception through their own networks and effort

Submission Requirements

  • Cover letter, maximum 1 page
  • Artist statement (including the media, technique, theme or context of your artwork), maximum 1 page
  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae, maximum 3 pages
  • Maximum of 10 digital images of recent works
  • Corresponding list of images containing title, dimensions and medium

Image Specifications

  • PC-compatible files only
  • JPEG format only
  • Image resolution: 72 dpi – 300 dpi
  • Image size: Maximum of 500KB
  • RGB or SRGB colour mode files only
  • Images must be labelled: name of applicant title of the work, followed by a number (example: J.Doe_Untitled_01)

Do not submit

  • MAC files that are not fully PC compatible
  • Any type of presentation format
  • Zipped or other compressed files
  • Any digital materials that require software, plugins, extensions or other executables to be downloaded or installed will not be reviewed


  • No fee is required for submitting an application
  • Applications received after the submission deadline will not be considered
  • Candidates will be contacted via email. All decisions will be final

How to Apply by Email
Email all submissions to Cedar Ridge Creative Centre at

How to Apply by Mail
Digital applications are preferred. If hard copy applications are the only means of applying, applicants are welcome to mail their proposals to:

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre
Attention: Cedar Ridge Summer Residency Program
225 Confederation Drive Toronto, Ontario, M1G 1B2

For more information, please visit our website or contact:

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre
225 Confederation Drive
Toronto, Ontario, M1G 1B2
Phone: 416-396-4026