Since 2011, the Robert Pope Foundation and NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) have jointly offered a 2 month long residency with studio and honorarium to an exceptional Canadian painter each year.

We invite emerging and mid-career painters to apply for this unique opportunity to work and exhibit in our dynamic art college environment.

Eligibility requirements
This residency is open to all Canadian painters who have completed an MFA or equivalent degree. MFA degree must have been completed prior to the residency’s start date.

2 months

Start Date
September 14, 2022

Application due date
February 7, 2022

The William and Isabel Pope Painting Residency provides:

  • A painting studio (as pictured – 14’x18’ ) accessible 24/7 at NSCAD University’s Fountain Campus.
  • An $8,000 honorarium from the Robert Pope Foundation toward accommodation and living costs
  • Up to $500 for travel expenses (with receipts)
  • A two week solo exhibition at NSCAD’s Anna Leonowens Gallery scheduled to coincide with the residency itself

The resident artist will be expected to do studio visits with current MFA students and to give two artist talks (one for students, and a public gallery talk during their exhibition). The resident artist may also be asked to host occasional studio visits from painting classes.
Please note that the studio is not wheelchair accessible.

Submission Contents
Please send the following items in a single file in PDF format.
Maximum size: 20MB

  • Artist CV
  • Artist Statement
    max. 400 words
  • Project Proposal
    max. 400 words
  • References
    Provide names and contact information for 2 professional references. Letters not required.
  • 15 Images of painting work
    Images must also be formatted to fit into single PDF file
  • Image list
    List title, year, medium, dimensions and short descriptions if necessary for each of your images
  • Contact information
    Provide your name, phone number, email address and website address.

All submissions must be sent by email to [email protected]
For all other inquiries related to the residency please contact [email protected]

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