Artist in Residence

There are adventures we dream of as students. Solo exhibitions, grant approvals, private collections, and our name in art mags. The artist residency falls in with that glamourous lot, and it’s where the first leg of my journey as a professional artist began. Residencies are difficult and wonderful in ways you cannot foresee, but this is a great opportunity for emerging artists/ artisans to hone their skills and develop strong studio practices. The weavers here are a tremendous resource for the new and experienced weaver alike.

Celine Gorham, New Brunswick College of Craft and Design graduate and Artist in Residence 2011-2012

Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild, with the encouragement of the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB), invites applications to an Artist in Residence (AIR) opportunity for an emerging textile artist, start date to be determined.

Program goals

  • To assist a recent textile arts graduate wishing to incorporate weaving and/or spinning in his/her work by sharing our well-equipped studio, and our knowledge.
  • To allow the successful candidate time to grow, develop and to build a body of work.

About the residency

  • The successful applicant will be offered a six-month residency in the Bill and Louise Cooke Textile Studio in the AGB. A three to six-month extension may be possible, based on the success of the relationship and the progress of work in the initial six months.
  • The artist will have access to the weaving studio, including all equipment and our extensive library. In addition, there is a small but comprehensive library for the sole use of the resident.
  • Mentorship from guild members, including graduates of the Ontario Handweavers & Spinners Certificate Programs, and full access to guild education.
  • There will be opportunities to network, learn, and possibly teach and exhibit within the AGB.
  • The resident must be able to fulfill a program requirement of minimum 20 hours/week in the textile studio during AGB public hours.
  • Art supplies, living, and accommodation arrangements are the candidate’s responsibility.


The successful applicant will:

  • be a graduate of a craft/design/fine arts diploma or degree program
  • be a legal resident of Canada (international applications cannot be accepted)
  • be self-motivated
  • have basic weaving knowledge
  • have the ability to work cooperatively and contribute to a positive studio dynamic
  • have the ability to work in a communal studio in view of the public

How to apply

In one complete package, please send the following documents:

  1. completed application form
  2. two letters of recommendation
  3. a current curriculum vitae
  4. a one-page artist statement describing your creative work, process, technique and conceptual development
  5. a one-page description of your work or project to be completed while in the residence and why you should be awarded a residency at the BHS.
  6. digital images on CD/DVD of ten (10) works. Each image should be numbered to match the image identification sheet provided.

Application Form

Send to

Artist in Residence Program
Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild
Art Gallery of Burlington
1333 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, ON  L7S 1A9

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