Call for Submissions: Open Studio Residencies 2021/2022

Open Studio’s print facility featuring the screenprinting, intaglio and lithography areas.

Call for Submissions: Apply for Open Studio’s Residencies

Deadline for all applications: May 31, 2021, at 11:59 pm EST

Open Studio is an Artist-Run Centre (ARC) dedicated to contemporary print. We offer accessible, inclusive and affordable printmaking facilities, programs and services for artists and the public from across Canada and abroad.

Open Studio offers several calls for submissions throughout the year for various opportunities such as exhibitions, residencies, fundraising events and other programs. Most of our opportunities are open to the public, and some are specifically for our membership. If you would like to find out how to become an Open Studio Artist Member, please click here.

We are committed to engaging and supporting equity-seeking groups, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, People(s) of Colour (BIPOC); Two-spirited, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual (2SLGBTQIAP+); and Deaf Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Persons Living with Mental Illness.

COVID-19 Update: Please note that accommodations will be made for health and safety protocols in the studio as necessary. Residencies would begin in the fall of 2021 at the earliest and may be delayed until the spring of 2022.

Black, Indigenous, People(s) of Colour Artist Residency
The Black, Indigenous, People(s) of Colour (BIPOC) Artist Residency provides an artist with an eight-month-long residency to learn printmaking and includes one-on-one instruction. The resident will receive eight consecutive months of studio time to explore and create a specific project culminating in a Feature Wall exhibition.

This residency has been created to actively make space specifically for BIPOC artists to engage with Open Studio and contemporary printmaking practices, but BIPOC artists are encouraged to apply to all programs that Open Studio offers: other scholarships, fellowships, our annual exhibition calls and our visiting artist program. The BIPOC Artist Residency is funded by a member of the Open Studio community.
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Emerging Printmaker Scholarship Residency
The Emerging Printmaker Scholarship Residency (formerly the Don Phillips Scholarship) provides an emerging printmaker who has graduated within the last two years (from a post-secondary institution, college or undergraduate program with a focus on print), with a year-long residency to explore and create a specific project culminating in a final exhibition in Open Studio’s Project Space.
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Nick Novak Mid-Career Printmaker Residency
The Nick Novak Mid-Career Printmaker Residency provides a mid-career or established printmaker with a year-long residency to explore and create a specific project culminating in a final exhibition in Open Studio’s Main Gallery.
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Main Gallery Exhibition: Agata Derda, Afterdark, 2020. Derda was the recipient of the Nick Novak residency in 2018-19.

Have questions? Need help with your application? We’re happy to help! Please send us an email with the subject heading “Call for Submissions”. We look forward to your submissions!

Interested in supporting Open Studio? You can make a donation, click here to support our charitable mission of offering affordable access to a safe, well-equipped barrier-free studio space. Your support allows emerging, established and aspiring artists to pursue their practice. Thank you!

Open Studio gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto, the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Open Studio also acknowledges the generous support of its members and numerous foundations, corporations and individuals.


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401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104
Toronto ON M5V 3A8
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