Call for Applications: Diefenbunker 2023 Artist-in-Residence Program
Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, Ottawa, Ontario
Your art, 75 feet underground: Apply to be the Diefenbunker’s 2023 Artist-in-Residence
Application Deadline: January 27, 2023
We are seeking artists working in all media to apply to be the Diefenbunker’s 2023 Artist-in-Residence. The successful applicant will explore topics related to Canada’s Cold War story in their artistic practice, for presentation in an exhibition in the vault of our once-top secret Cold War bunker in 2023.
The Diefenbunker’s Artist-in-Residence Program fosters connections between the museum, local artists, and the wider Ottawa community. Both the museum and artists find the residency to be a fulfilling and educational experience, while also providing a unique public platform for emerging and established artists.
The program is open to artists of all ages, working in all media, and living within 200 km of Ottawa. Artists are compensated for their work. Applications must include a CV, artist statement, proposed project description, and examples of recent work. Applications for the 2023 residency must be received by our team via email by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, January 27, 2023.
About the Artist-in-Residence Program
Established in 2014, the Diefenbunker’s Artist-in-Residence Program fosters connections between the museum, local artists, and the wider Ottawa community through the creation and presentation of art inspired by this national historic site and its history.
To date, the museum has proudly welcomed Christos Pantieras, Mairi Brascoupé, Greta Grip, Carol Wainio, Annette Hegel, Anna Frlan, Jesse Stewart, Gail Bourgeois, and Pixie Cram as past artists-in-residence.
The museum welcomes one artist per year for a period of three to six months. The program is open to artists of all ages, working in all media, and living within 200 km of Ottawa. The residency is not a live-in opportunity and artists must have their own means of transportation (there is no public transit to the museum). Artists are given full access to the museum and its library, collection, and archives. On-site work can be discussed. The artist will receive a CARFAC project fee during their residency.
The residency culminates in an exhibition, or a presentation of work completed during the residency, as well as an artist-led tour of the exhibition or talk. Works produced through the residency must have a connection to the Diefenbunker, the Cold War, or related themes.
About the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum
The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum is a once-top secret, four-storey underground bunker, originally designed as the centre for Canada’s defence against nuclear attack during the Cold War. Now a museum and national historic site, the Diefenbunker has a crucial role to play in helping us learn from our past and envision a more peaceful future. The Diefenbunker offers a one-of-a-kind experiential learning environment inside Canada’s most significant Cold War artifact, along with award-winning programs, events, exhibitions, and escape rooms.
The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum is partially accessible. For more information, visit the Accessibility page on our website.