Ottawa School of Art Residency Program Fall 2015



The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) is pleased to announce the extension of its artists residency program to run during the school year. 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 specialized studio at any time from September 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016. The length of the residency can cover any length of time during this time period. Ottawa residents ARE eligible for this program


OSA will provide:

  • Set periods of free studio time in the specialized studio of choice (i.e. outside scheduled class hours). A studio schedule will be developed with the artist prior to the start of the residency.
  • 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
  • When needed, 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.
  • An exhibition in the Lee Matasi Gallery of work done during the residency.


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 to OSA students
  • 2 studio proofs from each edition (printmaking only)
  • An exhibition of work completed during the residency
  • A workshop or demonstration (optional – OSA will pay 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)




2015 OSA Residency Application Form


Application Deadline: The application deadline is an open or rolling deadline. Applicants should get their applications in for review no less that one month before the proposed start date of their residency. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and a first-come-first served priority for approved residencies.



Resources for artists


Canada Council for the Arts

Offers a broad range of grants and services for professional Canadian artists.


Canadian Heritage

Offer a broad range of grants and services for Canadian artists.


City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa offers several funding and awards programs to artists.


International Federation of Arts Councils & Culture Agencies

Provides a listing of international resources for artists.


Ontario Art Council

Ontario Arts Council offers funding programs for Ontario artists, with funds from the Ontario government.



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



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