CRAFT & DESIGN AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
The Craft & Design Studio is a unique Canadian career-oriented program and facility. It is an artist-in-residency, incubator and training centre that uses a self-directed learning ethos. The program is open to post-graduates, as well as those with equivalent post-training through alternate learning environments, demonstrating a thorough and comprehensive understanding, conceptually as well as technically, in one of five areas: Textiles, Glass, Ceramics, Design or Metal/Jewellery.
We are the only residency of its kind in Canada to receive the generous support of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Arts Training Fund.
Please download the PDF linked below for up-to-date information about the 2021 program application process.
THE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
Craft & Design offers Residencies in five disciplines:
Term of Residency:
- Annual – One year contract for recent graduates (graduated within the past five years). Will begin in either June or August. Annual contracts may be renewed at the discretion of Harbourfront Centre.
- Summer – Three month scholarship contract for full-time students. Begins June 1 and ends on August 31. Only students returning full-time to an educational institute may apply. We have temporarily suspended Summer residencies for 2021.
- Short term – To complement our annual program, duration depending on project. Open to mid-career artists. We define a mid-career artist as someone who has 8-14 years’ exhibition history in professional visual arts contexts since graduating from college/university. Minimum 3 months. Available when space permits. Must contact Director of Craft & Design before applying to discuss your eligibility.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE?
The main goal of the Craft & Design Artist-in-Residence program is to assist emerging designers and makers to establish professional careers.
To that end, full-time Artists-in-Residence have 24 hour access to Harbourfront Centre Craft & Design Studios and equipment to design and make functional and/or non-functional work. Due to COVID-19, studio access may be restricted to ensure the safety of Artists-in-Residence and Harbourfront Centre staff.
Each discipline has two volunteer, professional Artistic Advisers to give advice, offer critiques and suggestions about career direction and work development.
Furthermore, Craft & Design organizes events with national and international artists and professionals – lectures, workshops, seminars, conferences, and exhibitions. These events are primarily for the benefit of Artists-in-Residence, but also the greater craft and design community.
Artists-in-Residence may have the opportunity to exhibit their work in one of the many on-site venues. Currently, there are five venues that each shows multiple exhibitions annually.
Artists-in-Residence also have the opportunity to teach classes to the public. Artists-in-Residence earn tuition for classes.
Other benefits of the Artist-in-Residence program include access to the Craft & Design library, access to a computer, printer, photocopier, telephone and fax machine for business purposes.
Reduced-rate parking is available for all Artists-in-Residence.
If you are awarded an Annual Artist-in-Residence position, you sign a one year contract and pay a monthly license fee of $90. Some applicants may be eligible to receive a scholarship. If awarded a scholarship, you do not pay licensing fees.
Summer Artists-in-Residence do not pay licensing fees.
***Harbourfront Centre does not provide housing as part of the Artist-in-Residence program. You are responsible for all of your own living and travel costs. Artists-in-Residence do not receive stipends.***
To download a PDF with information about the 2021 Artist-in-Residence program application process, click here.