Call to Artists: Toronto Waterfront Artist Residency 2023


The Waterfront BIA and Waterfront Toronto are seeking applications for an exciting Artist Residency opportunity. The 12-month residency will start in December 2022, with a 3-month period of community integration and research, and will culminate with the implementation of projects during 2023. Artists will have the opportunity to engage with current projects led by the BIA and Waterfront Toronto, as well as connect with members of the local community, in order to develop innovative and compelling art projects that are relevant to Toronto’s waterfront. This opportunity is open to all professional artists or artist teams in the Greater Toronto Area who have experience in art presented in the public realm and community-engaged art.

The aim of this residency is to create meaningful, experiential encounters with the community, to activate multiple underutilized spaces along the lakefront, and to draw new audiences to the waterfront. It will also develop thinking around what it means to live by Lake Ontario, one of the largest bodies of freshwater in the world. Projects may include workshops, performances, events, urban interventions, and temporary or ephemeral installations. Interactive and participatory projects will be encouraged, as will projects that invite collaborations with artists from different disciplines. This residency will create an opportunity for artists to expand their practice and develop innovative ways to integrate art into the fabric of the city. It will also contribute towards the ongoing dialogue on public art and civic space.

This project is an equal partnership between Waterfront Toronto and The Waterfront BIA. Funding and artist support will be provided by both organizations.

General Submission Requirements

  1. Artist Statement
  2. Images of Previous Work
  3. Artist CV
  4. References


The total commissioning amount for this project is $85,000 CAD +HST, split into five phases over the residency.


Issue Call to Artists (Stage 1): September 27, 2022
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2022 – 4pm EDT
Shortlist Interviews (Stage 2): November 14 – 18, 2022
Artist Selection: End November 2022
Contract issued: December 2022
Residency Start: December 2022
Research and planning period: December 2022 – April 2023
Project implementation: May 2023 – December 2023

For more information about the opportunity, including detailed submission requirements, download the complete call (PDF).

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2022, at 4:00pm EDT.
Submissions sent after the deadline will be disqualified.

For questions, please contact Katherine Hebb at

This page is a letter of introduction only. Please read the full Call to Artists, which contains instructions, evaluation criteria, submission requirements, and residency scope.