The Shenkman Arts Centre is piloting its first Artist-in-Residence Program co-presented with Arts Network Ottawa. We encourage and will give priority to underrepresented artists and groups who self-identify as First Nations, Inuit, Metis, Francophones, 2SLGBTQ+, New Canadians, Older Adults, People with Disabilities, Racialized People and Rural Residents applications to this opportunity.


The Shenkman Arts Centre Artist-in-Residence Program aims to present opportunities for art creation. Its goal is to provide resources to diverse artists and project teams in order to further their art practice and develop a creative project. This includes access to spaces, in-kind resources, mentorship and a platform for skill sharing.

Please note that we offer in-kind resources. This program does not provide any stipend for living expenses, artist fees, project fees or material fees.


(a) Boardrooms & meeting spaces
(b) Black box theater
(c) Computer lab
(d) Dance studio
(e) Music studio
(f) Painting, drawing & printmaking studio
(g) Pottery studio & gas kiln
(h) Sound recording space
(i) Woodshop

Professional Development:
(j) Artwork hanging
(k) Business administration mentorship
(l) Grant writing assistance
(m) Lighting design consultation
(n) Storage of artwork and supplies
(o) Theatre production consultation


Term 1 April 1 and June 30, 2020
Term 2 July 2 and September 30, 2020
Term 3 October 1 and December 30, 2020

Terms are up to 40 hours. The number of hours can be revised based on need and availability.
Subject to the Shenkman Arts Centre operating hours and availability of resources.


Download the application form here!
Be sure to complete each section of the application form in a separate document. There are seven sections in total. Please note that audio and video submission will also be accepted.  Please contact Alex Maltby ( to make alternate arrangements for application.

Submit Your Application Electronically
Complete all seven sections of this application form in a separate document. Send the completed document as a PDF, along with the support materials through to:

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Delivered by Mail or In Person
Complete all seven sections of this application form in a separate document. Deliver a printed copy of the completed document and copies of the support material to the Shenkman Arts Centre:

Shenkman Arts Centre
245 Centrum Blvd.,
Ottawa, ON, K1E 0A1


All applications will be initially reviewed by the Shenkman AIR Program team and Resident Arts Partners to determine their feasibility. Feasible applications will then be reviewed by a Selection Committee of peers who will evaluate artists and projects based on the following criteria: impact on artist or project’s development, alignment with the Shenkman AIR Program goals, and artistic merit. The Selection Committee members are required to treat both the contents of applications and the deliberations as confidential. All results are final. All applicants will be notified by March 16, 2020.

In return for this opportunity, Shenkman AIR asks that artists or project teams give back to the centre’s community in whatever in-kind means possible.