Call for Applications – MOTHRA: Artist-Parent Project, 2023 Residencies

Artwork by Marlene Yuen @marleneyuen

MOTHRA: Artist-Parent Project

FIRST DEADLINE: January 15, 2023

Since 2018 MOTHRA has been organizing residencies for artists who are parents or carers of children. Artists attend the residencies with their child(ren) on idyllic Toronto Island.

MOTHRA is part of a world-wide network of artist-parents who are making an art world that is child inclusive. We embrace parenthood/motherhood to explore how art is transformed when we acknowledge and value these relationships. Children are a valued and integral part of the project. Whether you are an artist parent who works like this or not this is an opportunity for you to think and work through these things with us.

In 2023 we will be running four residencies at our host institution Artscape Gibraltar Point. These residencies will have a focus on research, networking, and gathering information related to artist-parents and carers in Canada.


  • March 13 – 20, 2023 / Deadline to apply: January 15, 2023
  • July 4 – 17, 2023 / Deadline to apply: April 10, 2023
  • September 18 – 25, 2023 / Deadline to apply: June 16, 2023
  • November 13 – 20, 2023 / Deadline to apply: August 18, 2023

Artist Laura Brown Ajayi

The fee structure has changed for 2023. While we strive to keep costs down for artists on this residency we also have to negotiate with our hosts. HST will be added to the total.

One adult, one child: $700
Additional child/partner: $100 ea.

July: One adult, one child: $900
Additional child/partner: $100 ea.

This cost covers transportation to and from AGP on arrival and departure days, your accommodation, your studio, access to common spaces, programming, and some meals will be provided (new this year!).

We have limited subsidy to help offset the cost of attending. Should you feel that you require this in order to attend, please state this in your application form.

The venue: Artscape Gibraltar Point

More information and application form can be found at:

Thanks to the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for their support.

If you want to know more about us, we are featured in the recently released book “How Not to Exclude Artist Mothers (and other parents)” by acclaimed art writer, Hettie Judah, published by Lund Humphries. Ask for it at your local book store!