Call for Applications: SPAO Artist Residency


Image: Olivia Johnsston


SPAO is accepting applications for it’s 2021 Winter Artist residency and 2021 Summer residency.

The SPAO Residency is designed to provide mentorship, support and structure for professional photo-based artists to focus on the next level of their art practice. This 6-month residency helps artists focus on an aspect of their existing career or on a specific upcoming project. Artists are afforded the time, environment and professional consultation needed to research, experiment, and produce an on-going body of work as a professional self-directed artist.

Artists who complete the residency are offered the opportunity to exhibit their work at The SPAO Centre Gallery.

SPAO now pays CARFAC fees for the group exhibition and works with the artist to promote the exhibition every step of the way.


There are two different funding opportunities for residents: The Spectrum Bursary, which supports artists from marginalized communities, and the Jason Michaels Memorial Bursary that supports artists experiencing financial need.

SPAO adheres to all health and safety directives set forth from government agencies. Our small size and flexible programming has enabled us to continue to enhance artists careers despite the external challenges the arts sector is facing.

Learn more about the residency and apply at

Winter Artist Residency Deadline: December 15, 2020
Summer Artist Residency Deadline: March 15, 2021

Questions? Email the Artist Residency Coordinator at



Nestled in the heart of the Nation’s capital, SPAO is one of Canada’s leading photographic arts centres. SPAO is home to the only two-year photographic arts diploma in Canada, a unique international artist residency and an independent and critical gallery space dedicated to photographic and video art.

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