Eligibility & Criteria

Please download the PDF linked below for up-to-date information about the 2021 program application process.

To apply for a Full-time, Annual Artist-in-Residence position:

  • You must possess a post-secondary degree, diploma or equivalent post-training through an alternate learning environment.
  • You must have graduated or completed your study and training within the past five years.
  • You may apply for a full-time Artist-in-Residence position no more than three (3) times.

To apply for a Summer Artist-in-Residence position:

  • You must be currently enrolled in a Post-secondary Degree or diploma from a Craft/Design/Art College or University.
  • You must be returning to school full-time in the fall following residency.
  • Please note: We have temporarily suspended Summer residencies for 2021.

To apply for a Short-term Artist-in-Residence position:

  • You must be a mid-career artist. 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.
  • Must contact Director of Craft & Design before applying to discuss your eligibility.

All applicants (both Summer and Full-time) must demonstrate:

  • Talent, skill and innovation.
  • The potential for artistic and technical development.


The following is a list of qualities that we expect from each and every Craft & Design Artist-in-Residence. Please review prior to applying.

  • Potential for creative and technical development.
  • Progress in your practice and career and a commitment to exhibit, and work in a public manner.
  • Ability to work co-operatively, respectfully and responsibly.
  • Ability to carry out your project, meeting proposed targets and deadlines.
  • Ability to work without a Studio Technician. Ability to problem-solve technical issues with equipment.
  • Ability to work in full view of the public.


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.***

Prior to applying, please review the application guidelines.


To download a PDF with information about the 2021 Artist-in-Residence Program Application Process, click here.