residency opportunity: Salt Spring Arts Council

The Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC) and the Artist in Residence steering committee are pleased to announce the third year of the Artist in Residence (AiR) Program on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

The Artist in Residence (AiR) Program provides an opportunity for artists to work in the vibrant arts environment of Salt Spring Island. The program is open to all Canadian professionals working in the arts, in any genre or medium, at any stage of their careers. AiR encourages applications from artists of diverse cultural and regional backgrounds. The intent of the program is to provides the time and space for creativity and productivity and introduces visiting artists to Salt Spring Island and its arts community.

Residencies are awarded based on available facilities, potential links to the Salt Spring community, collaborative opportunities and artistic merit. 

In the last two years AiR has welcomed Canadian artists living as far away as Thailand and from as close by as Victoria. Their projects have been equally wide ranging and have involved explorations of photography, printmaking, sculpture, painting, beading and curatorial studies. They have shared their work through presentations, workshops, demonstrations and exhibits, enriching our island with their work and ideas, interacting with Salt Spring artists and enjoying our unique island life style.

The AiR program invites artists to ‘Come, share the experience” and engage with the creative cultural community of Salt Spring Island.

Within the spirit of this framework, collaborative proposals by members of the Salt Spring arts community which involve off island artists are actively encouraged.

Applications for the AiR program can be submitted on or before May 1st. 2018 for tenure between October 2018 and April 2019. Application information is available at


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residency opportunity @ Red Star Studios

Red Star Studios continues to host national and international artists through its Artist in Residence program. A residency provides ceramic artists the opportunity to expand their body of work or create a special project that may be outside the scope of their routine studio practice. The residency program gives driven, self-directed artists opportunities for rigorous professional development and enhanced self-sufficiency practices. Within the Red Star community, resident artists engage in constructive dialogue and immerse themselves in their work. Residents foster the development of the studio’s creative environment and create outreach opportunities within the local community. Outreach opportunities include teaching classes or workshops, giving public presentations, and critiques. Through community involvement, residents create educational opportunities for the appreciation and critical understanding of ceramics, thus employing and evolving Red Star Studios as an innovative, artistic resource.

We will begin accepting applications for our Artist in Residence program in January, for residencies beginning in August/September.

How to apply:

Please select one of these options to submit the required items, by April 15. Digital submissions should arrive by 11:59pm CST and mailed packages should be postmarked April 15.

Fellowship Resident applications can be submitted at any time, but the submission must occur at least 6 months before the proposed start date.

  • Via Google Drive
    Create a new folder and label it with which residency you are applying for and your first and last name. Ex: Foundation_John_Doe. After uploading all of the documents into one folder, please share it with
  • Via DropBox
    Create a new folder and label it with which residency you are applying for and your first and last name. Ex: Foundation_John_Doe. After uploading all of the documents into one folder, please share it with
  • Via Snail Mail
    In a single package, send printed materials and CD of images to:
    Red Star Studios
    Attn: Artist in Residence Committee
    2011 Tracy Ave
    Kansas City, MO 64108

The following residency opportunities are currently offered:

Foundation Resident

This residency program is open to artists looking to further their artistic and professional careers and gain experience in a working studio environment. In addition to artistic development, residents will learn about the operation of a large studio by contributing to the studio’s daily maintenance. Responsibilities may include mixing glazes, firing kilns, and ensuring the studio is kept neat and orderly. This residency is ideal for artists who have recently completed their undergraduate or graduate degrees, who thrive in a shared, communal studio environment, and are preparing for the next step in their professional pursuits.

Term: • 1-year, with one 6 to 12 month renewal option.
Requirements: • Recently completed undergraduate or graduate degree
• Submission of the following items:
– Completed application form
– CV and Artist Statement
– Letter of intent outlining why you selected Red Star Studios, a specific project to be completed during the Residency period and what you hope to gain from being a Foundation Resident.
– 15-20 digital images saved in JPEG format at 300dpi
– Image list that corresponds with the digital images
– Two Letters of Reference (which can be mailed separately)
Responsibilities: • Contribute to the maintenance and productivity of the studio environment, including assisting with firings, cleaning and/or other up-keep;
• Instruct and advise of studio members;
• Participate in studio-sustaining activities through design, production or education.
• Donate a small work to the Red Star Studios collection.
Benefits: • Shared studio space
• Discounts on supplies from Crane Yard Clay
• Discounted firings
• Mentoring in the operation of a working clay studio
• An exhibition at the end of the residency term
• Opportunities to participate in the development of the following:
– Production/Distribution of designs
– Production/Distribution of designs
– Catalog Creation
– Essays
– Exhibitions

Career Resident

This residency is reserved for artists with five years of professional experience. The artist who is ready to establish a solid foundation for the continuation of their work and help Red Star realize its greater vision for the arts, will excel in this position. In addition to supporting residents in the development of their body of work, Red Star provides support in special projects such as publications, product development, or curatorial endeavors. The long-term resident has access to a small private studio.

Term: • 2-3 years, with annual reviews and renewal options.
Requirements: • Working as a professional artist for at least 5 years
• Submission of the following items:
– Completed application form
– CV and Artist statement
– Letter of intent outlining why you selected Red Star Studios, a specific project to be completed during the Residency period and how you would contribute to Red Star and its mission.
– Three professional references, with current contact information
– 15-20 digital images saved in JPEG format at 300dpi
– Image list
Responsibilities: • Responsibilities may include one or all of the following:
– Periodic teaching
– Mentoring and critiquing fellow residents and studio members
– Contribute to the sustainability of Red Star Studios. This may include through an exhibition of work, product development, and studio sales.
– Donate a small work to the Red Star Studios collection.
Benefits: • Waived private studio rental fees
• Discounts on supplies at Crane Yard Clay
• Discounted firings

Fellowship Resident

This residency is for mid-career artists looking for opportunities for professional development in their body of work, or in areas such as technical research and conceptual exploration. Ideal for faculty on sabbatical or professionals looking for a new perspective, this residency offers a brief but focused incubation in a community studio environment.

Term: • 1 to 6 months
Requirements: • Five years of experience as a professional artist
• Submission of the following items:
– Completed application form
– Personal Statement
– CV and Artist Statement
– 10-15 digital images saved in JPEG format at 300dpi
– Image list that corresponds with the digital images
– Written proposal with clearly articulated goals for the Residency period
Responsibilities: • Donate a piece to the Red Star Studios Collection;
• Community interaction through at least one of the following:
– Slideshow
– Workshop
– Mentoring
– Artist critiques
Benefits: • Large Semi-Private Studio space
• Discounted Materials and Firings
• Exhibition Opportunity
• Furnished Housing during the residency term.

call for artists: Banff Clay Revival

Banff Clay Revival (link:
Dates: June 04 – July 06, 2018

The Banff Clay Revival residency acknowledges the resurgence of clay in contemporary art as a material of sculptural practice. In an age of digital technology where we are often detached from materiality and process, artists are returning to the tactile and elemental nature of clay.

Clay as a common material of domesticity, is an approachable and universal medium through which artists can communicate sophisticated intentions. This program will challenge artists to push the boundaries of form and tradition, collaborate, explore new building, firing, and glazing techniques, and redefine what the medium is capable of expressing.

What does the program offer?
Residencies offer the opportunity to create away from the constraints of everyday life. Participants are provided with a studio, accessible 24 hours a day, and access to our extensive shared facilities to further develop their production techniques. Knowledgeable staff are available to provide technical support and assistance.*

Throughout a period of five weeks, participants will benefit from a studio visit with a guest artist or curator, public lectures by visiting artists and guests, and demonstrations in a variety of ceramic production techniques.

Participants are surrounded by a community of artistic peers and have the opportunity to attend inspiring talks and performances by world-renowned artists, all within Banff Centre’s spectacular mountain setting.

This program is designed for participation over the entire five-week period. Variable dates will not be considered.

Who should apply?
Artists working in the mediums of ceramics and sculpture are invited to apply. Residencies are for visual artists with an exhibition record who have had formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.

call for artists: John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Program

Artists working in any discipline may apply for the Arts Center’s Arts/Industry 2019 program, which takes place at and is funded by Kohler Co. in Kohler, Wis. Each year, 16–22 artists are accepted for 2- to 6-month residencies in the Pottery or Foundry/Enamel areas of the factory. Artists-in-residence receive 24-hour access to studio space, materials, use of equipment, technical assistance, photographic services, housing, and round-trip transportation. The application deadline for 2019 residencies is May 31, 2018. For more information and application form, visit or email

Applications for 2019 residencies will be accepted February 1–May 31, 2018 online only at

Blumhardt Foundation Funding opportunities for the Craft/Object Sector


New Funding for Craft/Object Sector. In February 2018 the Blumhardt Foundation is offering for the first time two major new initiatives that recognise the legacy of Dame Doreen Blumhardt and continue the Foundation’s support of development in the craft/object sector. The Blumhardt Lecture provides up to $4,000 for the hosting of a public lecture of nationally significant scholarship or commentary about the applied arts, relevant to contemporary New Zealand makers. The Blumhardt International Residency provides up to $18,000 for the hosting of an international practitioner whose residence in New Zealand will provide opportunities for local practitioners to extend their international networks. Applications close February 28. Blumhardt Grants provides biannual funding for a small number of significant projects that have long term benefit for the sector. Grants are usually between $2,000 and $5,000. For more information and How to Apply see our website