residency opportunity: Port Moody Arts Centre Society

General Info

  • The Port Moody Arts Centre Society supports artistic excellence and innovation. This residency is open to all emerging ceramic artists over 19 years of age. The residency will require an emphasis on making, learning and sharing the process of creating with clay.
  • The residency is an excellent opportunity for artistic development within an innovative and supportive ceramic community. The clay studios at the Arts Centre are busy, supportive and house a true sense of community. There are classes for adults in hand building and wheel throwing, children’s classes that range from after school clay to spring & summer camps, plus a very active Open Studio group of ceramic devotees.
  • The resident artist will be available for public outreach activities such as Open Studio, informal talks, studio tours for student groups, demos and exhibition installation.


 The Resident receives:

  • A secured ceramic studio space for one year, with ample room for a wheel, storage of work in progress, and supplies
  • Access to studio space daytime & evenings
  • A gallery space for a solo exhibition (average 3-4 weeks) before the residency ends.
  • Up to 2 glaze firings /month for pieces that will be included in the final exhibition or are part of the artistic practice moving towards the final exhibition
  • Engagement opportunities with the Arts Centre’s community of ceramic artists
  • The opportunity to purchase clay through the Arts Centre.
  • The opportunity to present classes and/or workshops to teach at the Arts Centre


In return, we ask that the Resident:

  • Dedicate sufficient time in the studio to complete a solo exhibition at the end of their residency
  • Supervise Open Studio sessions (community aspect)
  • Create works for the year-end exhibition, working in conjunction with the Gallery Manager
  • Be responsible for own clay/specialty glazes/tools/equipment (i.e. wheel)
  • Promote best interests of the Arts Centre and participate in fundraising initiatives
  • Comply with all occupational, health and safety issues
  • Pass a Criminal Information Check
  • Comply with policy and procedures set forth by the Art Centre’s ceramic department

There will be opportunity to instruct, engage with the public and to display your work. There will be no exchange of funds involved with the residency, however, the CAIR may sell their work during the year-end exhibition and Winter Treasures show. If the CAIR teaches classes where there is a class fee, they will collect a wage for their time teaching.


How to Apply

To apply, please complete the online application form

The deadline to apply is Sunday June 9th, 2019

We thank you in advance for your application, however, only selected applicants will be contacted for interviews and an announcement will be made in July, for a start date in September (to be confirmed with the successful applicant).


Visit their website HERE.

residency opportunity: embolden

ABOUT embolden

Embolden is an annual Festival challenging ageism and building respect for Elders. It provides unique opportunities for all community members, service providers and Elders to learn from each other about making cultural change happen. It recognises the capacity of Elders to co-design, co-produce and co-lead innovations. Other innovative features of Embolden include:

  1. Learning from each other – cross cultural respect
  2. Engaging approaches to learning  eg: Market of Great Ideas, Fashion Parade
  3. Building momentum for real cultural change (nudge theory)
  4. Capacity building – resourcing community leaders
  5. Recognising Geriactivism – the role of Elders in creating social change
  6. Working towards a Gerontocracy – increased governance by Elders.

Embolden will leave you feeling inspired AND with the resources for change. Check out our Embolden2018 page by clicking the link here.


Embolden2019 will be hosted on 1-3 September, 2019. Times will be announced shortly. ​The event will be held at the St Kilda Town Hall, Carlise Street St Kilda Melbourne. The following links provide more information and will be activated soon:

  • Embolden2018 Collection (report): here
  • Registration: here
  • Partnering and sponsorship opportunities: here
  • Program: coming soon
  • Presenters: coming soon
  • Volunteer opportunities: here
  • Market of Great Ideas: here
  • Fashion Parade: here
  • ​St Kilda travel & accomodation: here
  • Media information: here
  • Artist in residence: here
  • Contact us: here


Registration for Embolden2019 is now open and has been kept at the same accessible pricing – for Early Bird registration only. Check out the registration page here.

Partners and sponsors

Embolden2019 will be hosted by the Celebrate Ageing Program in partnership with the City of Port Phillip and will be located at the beautiful St Kilda Town Hall. Check out our partnering and sponsorship page for more information here.

call for entries: Current @ Clay Festival


The CLAY Festival 2019 Exhibition, Current, will be juried by internationally known artist, Sunshine Cobb.

Current intends to reflect the current culture of contemporary ceramics. The longevity of clay lends itself to modern artwork that may reflect this long history, buck against tradition, embrace ritual, or employ new technologies. Current welcomes all entries that speak to the present state of ceramics. Utilitarian ware and sculptural works are welcome.

Visit their website HERE for more info.

The submission entry deadline is May 1st, 2019 at 11:59 PM MDT.

residency opportunity @ Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio

Summer Applications are open until April 30th

      The Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio and Gallery is located in the heart of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.  We offer a variety of classes, workshops and membership programs, plus we host an Artist-in-Residence three times a year.  The dates of the Residency terms are: June 1st to August 30th, September 1st to December 23rd and January 10th to May 30th 2020. 

During their Residency, Artists will have the opportunity to complete a body of work, show and sell in our gallery and receive guidance in developing a business plan. The unique set-up of Nanaimo Ceramic Arts allows emerging artists to participate and learn within the structure of a small business. Artists are provided with 180 square feet of private space and 24-hour access to electric kilns and pottery equipment. If they wish, artists may apply to host workshops which can bring in a small income. For artists interested in wood fire NCA has strong links to the Tozan Cultural Society, a train kiln and large Noboragama kiln in Cedar (please note that the wood kilns are only fired in the wet seasons and require full participation in prep and firing.) 

Nanaimo Ceramic Arts offers two different residency formats.

 Product Creation

To be considered for this residency, applicants are expected to have a firm understanding of their material and be ready to begin producing work for sale with the objective of continued production.  During their residency, artists will have an opportunity to:

  • Develop a concise body of work

  • Develop a brand image.

  • Develop a catalogue/portfolio.

  • Time management 

  • Operation plan

     Assistance with this project will be provided through directed assignments,
and regular meetings with the owner-manager of Nanaimo Ceramic Arts, Bronwyn Arundel.

Business Development (not available for June-August 2019)

To be considered for this residency, applicants are expected to have already developed a consistent product line and have some experience selling their work. The objective will be to develop a practical business plan that can be executed after the residency.  During their time, artists will have an opportunity to complete a business plan with the following:

  • Business objectives

  • Market research

  • Financial start-up costs

  • Financial 3 year forecast

  • Loan information

  • Marketing plan

  • Operation plan

       Residencies are based upon a work exchange agreement between the Artist-In-Residence and Nanaimo Ceramic Arts. In exchange for space to work, access to materials and assistance with their project, Artists-in-Residence are required to be present in their space for a regularly-scheduled minimum of 15 hours a week during Gallery open hours.  The agreement will require the resident to assist with customer walk-ins, and gallery sales as well as contribute to studio tasks which help maintain the function and cleanliness of the studio.  Details of these commitments will be included in your contract.  Artists are required to pay for their own materials.  Clay can be purchased through Nanaimo Ceramic Arts and includes the unlimited use of studio glazes and firing.

      Nanaimo Ceramic Arts maintains a clean and health-and-safety-conscious space. Surfaces are kept free of clay dust and precautions are made to limit dust in the air. We do not use toxic chemicals or materials. This includes gold luster, or other known toxins, in our glazes.

Priority is given to clay artists but the Residency is not limited to ceramics. Note: no toxic or noxious chemicals will be allowed, including oil paints or dust-creating processes.

About NCA

     Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio and Gallery is located in the old quarter of downtown Nanaimo, on traditional Snuneymuxw land. NCA is 1700 sq./feet and consists of a gallery, 2 private studios, a kitchenette, kiln room with two kilns, a glaze kitchen and 800 sq./foot classroom studio with wheels, a slab roller and extruder. The classroom hosts 3-5 ceramic classes a week, a membership drop-in 5 days a week and advanced weekend workshops. NCA uses white clay and fires to cone 6, alternative clay bodies and firings will be considered for resident artists.

Apply Here

Visit their website for more information HERE