Call for Applications: Richmond Hill Artist in Residence Program 2023

Bookaleidoscope by blacksmith Aimie Bothelo, 2018 Artist in Residence

Call for Artists: Artist in Residence
City of Richmond Hill, ON

The City of Richmond Hill, ON is currently seeking submissions from artists of all disciplines for our Artist in Residence program. Please note that this is not a live-in residency.

The selected artist or collective of artists will develop a new piece of work for an outdoor public space in Richmond Hill. The goal is to foster accessible, inviting and fun community engagement in arts through the creation of a small-scale temporary installation(s) or a creative experience.

The residency period runs from October through December of this year with the active community engagement component taking place over a three to four week time period.

The overarching goals of the Artist in Residence program are to:

  • Animate outdoor public space(s);
  • Foster accessible, inviting and fun community engagement in arts;
  • Support the creation of vibrant places and spaces in Richmond Hill;
  • Create opportunities for intercultural exchange;
  • Provide an opportunity for an artist(s) to build their portfolio and body of work; and
  • Offer opportunities for residents and visitors to experience art in non-traditional spaces and in non-traditional forms.

The Artist in Residence program is a Recreation & Culture Plan initiative and artists are encouraged to submit projects that support the themes identified in the Plan. For more information, visit

Bookaleidoscope by blacksmith Aimie Bothelo, 2018 Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence program is open to emerging, mid-career and established professional artists working in, but not limited, to the following disciplines: Performing Arts, Visual and Media Arts (including Film/Video), Dance, Music, Multidisciplinary, Craft, Theatre and Literary Arts.

The artist must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, aged 18 years or older.

Full-time City of Richmond Hill employees are not eligible to participate.

Past residencies have included muralist and arts educator Cindy Scaife (2019), blacksmith Aimie Bothelo (2018) and performances by the Karma Project, Hasheel Lodhia and Robert Halley (2017).

The total budget for all expenses related to this project is a maximum of $7,000 Canadian Dollars.

Proposals indicating a total cost including artist fees, materials and expenses exceeding this will not be considered.

The aforementioned budget includes all expenses related, but not limited to: artist fees, preparation and submission of detailed renderings if required, coordination and technical or other expertise as required, preparation of any information and/or documents required for installation, attendance at meetings and site visits, purchase of relevant materials, shipping costs, delivery to the site, and installation.

The artist must submit a budget breakdown as part of their application and must clearly indicate the fee that will be paid to the artist. Once accepted by Richmond Hill, the artist fee cannot be changed without prior written approval. A T4A tax form will be issued to the artist for the amount indicated.

Please note: this is not a live-in residency and no studio space is provided. Should the artist require studio space for the duration of the project, this must be clearly identified and included in the project budget. Storage may be available but the project proposal should also identify this as a requirement.

The deadline for submissions is September 20, 2023 at 11:59 pm EDT. Interested artists are encouraged to apply today.

Further program guidelines and the application form are available at

For more information contact:
Leanne DiMonte (she/her)
Cultural Coordinator, Cultural Services
Recreation & Culture Division | Community Services Department
City of Richmond Hill
905-780-2918 |

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