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Local visiting Artist Program

The Local Visiting Artist Program

2024 Call for Submissions

Deadline: April 30th, 2024

Notification of results: end of May 2024. All applicants will be notified of the outcome. 

Spots Available: 2





St. Michael’s Printshop invites applications from artists residing in the province with basic knowledge of at least one print medium who wish to come and work at the printshop for a one to three month period. A total of two local visiting artist residencies are offered during the year. Artists who are experimenting with their printmaking practice and/or artists in earlier stages of their careers will be prioritized. 

For local St. John’s and immediate surrounding areas this residency would cover 3 months time in the printshop. For those who would need to travel beyond St. John’s and would have to travel to the printshop this would cover 1-3 months depending on their needs. 

Artists are paid a residency fee of $1500 and given full access to St. Michael’s Printshop for a one to three month period. In return, artists offer one community engagement event, or workshop, and supply two prints from each edition created during the residency to SMP.



All eligible applications to the program are reviewed and evaluated by the jury which consists of artists at different stages of their career from across the province as well as members of the programming committee. While assessing we consider these aspects of the applications: 

● Artistic merit
● Clarity of ideas 

● Feasibility of the project plan 

● Impact (artistic and career growth) 

● Community engagement & Workshop Development 


The jury is asked to reflect on their implicit biases and prioritize BIPOC and 2SLGBTQQIA+  artists. The jury prioritizes requests based on the assessment criteria outlined above and within a very competitive context. 


How To Apply


St. Michael’s Printshop (SMP) accepts applications to our Local Visiting Artist Program in multiple formats. Our preference is for artists to apply with the google form. Proposals can also be emailed to SMP in writing, or pitched to SMP in the form of a zoom interview, which will be recorded for the jury. 


*Please note a required component of the residency will be to participate in a community engagement event. Everyone will have a meet and greet and can choose between doing a workshop or hosting an open studio night. Successful applicants will develop their preferred event in consultation with SMP staff to identify topics/programming that highlights the applicant’s strengths and best serves the community.


Option #1 

Written Application: Fill out the google form, and follow instructions on how to submit your support material. (this includes an Artist bio, Project proposal, documentation and Inventory/Image list.)


*If you do not have a gmail (to access the google form) please download the application form and email us your written response as a Doc or PDF (email:


Option #2

To schedule a Zoom pitch: 

Contact SMP Executive Director Christeen Francis, at to schedule a date/time for a 10-minute pitch of your ideas no later than April 20th  

  • Please fill out this online form by April 30th, 2024. 

  • For your Zoom pitch/presentation you will be required to answer the project proposal prompts supplied below

  • Maximum of 10 images/slides in your Zoom pitch

  • *If you do not have a gmail (to access the google form) please download the application form and email us your written response as a Doc or PDF

  • (email:


Application Questions/Prompts


*indicates required 

  1. Project Summary* (50 words max)  please provide a clear and concise overview of your project.

  2. A detailed project proposal* (300 words max) that may include the following:

    • What are the themes/ideas/interests you wish to explore during your residency?

    • What are the processes/techniques you wish to use during your residency?

  3. Artist Bio* (approx. 150 words)

    • Tell us a little about yourself in relation to your art practice.

    • We welcome folks to self-identify as BIPOC and 2SLGBTQQIA+  

  4. Are there any accessibility requirements that SMP should be made aware of? (approx. 100 word, optional)

    • Note: SMP has several physical accessibility barriers. The shop is located on the second floor of an old building without an elevator. If SMP can make adjustments to our space to make it more accessible and inclusive please let us know here. 

  5. Support Materials* you may include up to 10 items of support material (Images, JPG, max 1MB). For audio/video work include a link to a streaming platform such as SoundCloud, Vimeo or YouTube in your support material inventory. For video support materials clips can be up to 3 minutes long maximum. Specify the start/end times for the clip you’d like watched. Title all files with your name in the order you want them viewed (ie: 01_YourName.jpg). 

  6. Inventory/Image List.* An inventory is a list of all of the files that you are sending us in order and should include all relevant information to help the jury understand your work. This can be the title of the work, the year it was made, any collaborators, location, dimensions, materials etc. What you include in your inventory is up to you. All YouTube, Soundcloud or Vimeo links should be included here.

*Image Documentation:

  • Please send us clear, well lit images of your work. Include strong pieces of previous work. 

  • These do not necessarily have to relate to the proposed project, but they should highlight potential. 

  • You may also include sketches and works in progress related to the proposed project 




This program offers local and provincial artists the opportunity to work on and develop ideas in a professional printmaking facility for one to three months. In order to qualify, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:


  • Must have familiarity with at least one printmaking medium and will be able to work independently in the printmaking studio.

  • Must be a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador, and be able to commit to coming to St. John’s to work at SMP on a regular basis. 



Conditions of the Residency


The residency recipient agrees to:


  • Donate two prints from each edition* printed during the residency to St. Michael’s Printshop. One of these prints will be retained in the printshop’s archives, the other is used for fundraising purposes.


* We appreciate that not all contemporary print practices conform to traditional editions and in such instances, we can work out alternative arrangements.


Benefits of Residency

  • Free membership and rent-free 24-hour access to the Printshop for the duration of the residency

  • $1,500 Artist Fee


SMP Staff and the Programming Committee are committed to working with the successful applicant to support them to address their individual needs during the duration of the residency.



If you have questions that aren’t answered here, feel free to contact St. Michael’s Printshop (email: We will do our best to reply to all queries, but keep in mind that as the deadline approaches we may not have time to get back to you. 


Studio Expectations

  • The Local Artist in Residence is required to familiarize themselves with the studio guidelines and to complete a mandatory studio orientation 

  • The Local Artist in Residence must be able to work independently

  • All artists are responsible for obtaining and using the personal safety equipment needed for the proper handling of materials (gloves, respirators, etc.)

  • The behaviour of artists must be in compliance with establishing a safe and supportive working environment (Code of Conduct link)

  • St. Michael’s provides black and white inks, rags, solvents and chemistries to all studio users.

  • Artists are responsible for their own plates, paper, coloured inks, drawing materials etc.


We encourage applicants to consider travel and project grants from provincial and national, and funding agencies in your home country. We are happy to provide a letter of support for your application. 

ArtsNL Project Grants deadlines: Wednesday, September 15, 2024/March 15th

ArtsNL Travel Funding Application Periods:

The PATF operates four funding cycles each fiscal year:

April 1 to June 30

July 1 to September 30

October 1 to December 31

January 1 to March 31


Canada Council Travel Grant - Rolling Deadline

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