Ottawa School of Art Residency Program

Ottawa School of Art Residency Program


As part of the celebrations of its 135th anniversary, the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) is pleased to announce the launch of its artists residency program. The purpose of the artist residency program is to provide artists with the opportunity to devote uninterrupted time to their artwork in the supportive and stimulating environment at OSA. The residency program will be located at the ByWard Market campus where artists will have access to specialized studios for ceramics, printmaking and sculpture. Resident artists will have access to these studios during the school’s regular hours of operation (i.e. they will not have 24 hour access). During this first year OSA will accept a maximum of 2 artists per studio at any time from June 1 to August 31. The minimum residency time will be 2 weeks and the maximum residency will be 6 weeks.


OSA will provide:

  • Set periods of free studio time in the specialized studio of choice.
  • Basic general studio supplies (e.g. acids and solvents in the print studio, etc.)
  • Assistance to any resident artists (letters of support/invitation, etc.)
  • Wireless internet access at OSA
  • OSA will provide information on various forms of accommodations (e.g. self-catering apartments, university residences, etc.) and will negotiate reasonable rates for the artists.
  • A reception and exhibition in the Lee Matasi Gallery of work done during the pilot project.
  • A professional training session for resident artists offered by CARFAC
  • Guest passes to the National Gallery of Canada and other national museums when possible


Resident Artists will be responsible for:

  • Travel costs to and from Ottawa
  • Accommodation, food and local travel costs
  • Studio supplies (e.g. paper for printing, stone for sculpting, clay, etc.)
  • A presentation on their work
  • 2 studio proofs from each edition (printmaking only)
  • An exhibition of work completed during the residency
  • A workshop or demonstration (optional – OSA will for teaching time)


Application Process

  • Completed digital application form
  • 20 digital images of recent work
  • Most recent CV and artist’s statement
  • A work plan for the residency period
  • Letters of reference demonstrating the artist’s ability to work independently and cooperatively
  • A Skype interview (where necessary)







2014 OSA Residency Application Form



Ottawa School of Art

35, rue George Street

ByWard Market

Ottawa, ON K1N 8W5


Contact Information:

Jeff Stellick, Executive Director
613-241-7471 x 25



Stay in touch:  |


Right Menu Icon