2019 Residency Applications will be available soon.

Parrsboro Creative’s Artist-In Residence Program offers opportunities for visual artists to live and work in Parrsboro for periods ranging from 2 to 8 weeks. Artists-in-residence are provided with studio space, accommodation, and a stipend to cover travel & living expenses.

2018 Residency Artists


Ann Willsie

Lake Country British Columbia
AUG 15 – SEPT 5
Work shown in collections around the world. “My style of painting is very loose, impressionistic, characterized by thick oil paint and visible brushstrokes. Most of my oil paintings depict the splendour of the landscapes. My passion is florals, larger than life, juicy with paint, imperfect in their perfection. That is the poetry of nature.


William Rogers

Antigonish, Nova Scotia
AUG 30 – SEPT 5
A Nova Scotia artist working in oil, watercolour, and printmaking, William is a master of composition, colour and the subtleties of light. He acute sense of observation and his deep knowledge of anatomy has brought him recognition for both his plein air and his studiio portraits.


Eileen Hennemann

Almonte, Ontario
SEPT 8-23
Like so many artists I am looking for my artistic voice and am loving the lifetime journey. It can be a motivational challenge and at times paralyzing, yet always exhilarating. I see scenes to be painted everywhere and I embrace the lessons and stories I learn from painting every day.


Ken DeWaard

Hope, Maine
SEPT 8-16
Winner of numerous awards at plein air events – Easton, Sonoma, and Cape Ann – for Ken, there is nothing more rewarding and challenging than painting under an open sky, surrounded by the scents, sounds, and ever- changing color and harmonies of nature.

Ken DeWaard Facebook


Susan Paterson

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
SEPT 16-28
Exhibited extensively across Canada and in collections around the world. Known for highly detailed studies of landscape, florals and everyday objects, capturing the subtleties of light, colour and textures that are fascinating but often overlooked.


Heather van der Breggen

Weyburn Saskatchewan
SEPT 14-29
Time evaporates when I am absorbed in the stroke of a brush. The rise and set of the sun spilling color makes my mouth water. It has become a mission of mine to encourage and inspire others to explore their own creative selves. I am continually growing through this process, learning more from those that I mentor than they can imagine!

Applications Deadline: March 1, 2018 – Registrations are closed
Residency Time period: August 1 to October 15, 2018

Residency Program Objectives

• To provide a stimulating, supportive environment that promotes artistic exploration
• To encourage interest in Parrsboro as an art and cultural hub – regionally, nationally, internationally
• To invite artists to explore their ideas and practice within the context of the Bay of Fundy/Minas Basin region
• To further the dynamic interplay between art and community as an organic part of everyday living, thereby enriching the quality of life through art
• To develop the connection between arts and education
• To enhance Parrsboro’s reputation for being a cultural-tourism destination as a community of creative thinkers and explorers

Program Details

• Time Frame: 2 to 8 weeks;
• Artists will be provided with: Studio space. Comfortable housing and a stipend of $300 per week;
• Opportunities for Audience/Public engagement;
• Artists will be responsible for: Covering costs associated with the purchase of materials, shipment of artwork/supplies and Daily Living & Travel expenses;

Important to Note:
The studio spaces are on Main Street and the artists must be prepared to welcome the public into their studio space for selected hours.

Artist Activities, Opportunities and Responsibilities :
• Artists will have the opportunity to be part of a thriving artist community
• Artists will be included in all Parrsboro Creative cultural events
• Artists will be invited to engage with the community, and with the Youth Artist Resident program. The nature and time of these engagements will be determined by the skills and interest of each artist.

The residency studio shall be open on a daily basis to the public for a minimum of 4 hours per day, each and every day of the week during the term of the residency. The scheduling of the open period shall be determined by mutual agreement between the Artist and the Company.


Comissions / Art Sales during Residency

• Artists are welcome to bring previously created work for sale with a commission of 30% to Parrsboro Creative;
• There will be a 25% commission to Parrsboro Creative on works of art sold that are created during the residency.

Artist Eligibility

• Applications are open to a range of disciplines within the visual arts;
• Artists from all levels in their career who exhibit a strong professional work ethic and a collaborative attitude are invited to apply.

Selection Process

• Artists will be selected using a panel review process to consider the following criteria: overall merit of work, readiness to engage with the community, potential to develop creative practice. References of finalists will be contacted.
• A conference call between each the finalists and the review panel may be conducted before acceptance into the residency program.

Application Requirements

• CV or Resume (4-page maximum)
• Contact info for three references (Name, email, phone number, relationship)
• Artist Statement (300 words) & Artist Bio (150 words)
• Portfolio of work: 5 Images maximum; 2 Videos or Links
• Written Documents in response to the following:

1) We would like to know about you, your work, and why you wish to apply for this residency (500 words maximum)
2) Tell us about what your approach to the interaction between an artist and her/his community. (300 words maximum)
3) Artists are expected to engage with the community. Given this requirement, what ways would interest you most in engaging with the community? (300 words maximum)

Application Fee – $20 cdn  – Payable online.

If you have questions, please contact:
Robert More
Executive Director
Parrsboro Creative
Ph: 902-278-2007
E: [email protected]

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