Call for Applications: Diefenbunker Museum 2024 Artist-in-Residence Program

Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, Ottawa, Ontario

Your art, 75 feet underground: Apply to be the Diefenbunker’s 2024 Artist-in-Residence

Application Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2024

We are seeking artists working in all media to apply to be the Diefenbunker’s 2024 Artist-in-Residence. Help us bring new life and stories to Canada’s Cold War Museum. The successful applicant will create original works inspired by the Diefenbunker, the Cold War, or related themes, for presentation in an exhibition inside Canada’s most significant Cold War artifact.

Now in its 10th year, the Diefenbunker’s Artist-in-Residence Program fosters connections between the museum, local artists, and the wider Ottawa-Gatineau community, offering a unique and meaningful 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 residency must be received via email by 11:59 pm ET on Friday, February 23, 2024.

Find more information and apply.

Photos from past Diefenbunker Artist-in-Residence exhibitions. Courtesy of the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

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 a unique national historic site and its history.

To date, the museum has proudly welcomed Wind Up Radio, 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 for their research and artistic process. The artist will receive a CARFAC project fee for 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, a talk, or other public programming. Works produced through the residency must have a connection to the Diefenbunker, the Cold War, or related themes.


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About the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum

The Diefenbunker is Canada’s most significant surviving Cold War artifact — it is an impressive four-storey underground facility that operated as the country’s central communications headquarters during the Cold War, ready at any moment in case of a nuclear attack. Today, it is a one-of-a-kind museum and national historic site, preserving important Canadian Cold War artifacts that tell stories of national and international importance. Through award-winning exhibitions, tours, programs, events, and escape rooms, the museum offers an important platform to spark meaningful conversations, collaborations, and connections in response to our changing world.

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The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum is partially accessible. For more information, visit the Diefenbunker’s accessibility webpage.