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Based on an insufficient number of submissions, we are extending the 2021 Call to Artists. The new deadline is May 21, 2021.

2021 will be the sixth year for the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s Artist-in-Residence program. The goal of our residency is to enable an artist to create new work that contributes to the Museum’s mandate while advancing their art practice.

As we prepare to launch an immersive film experience about the contributions of generations of immigrants to Canada, this year’s residency is a national call to artists to create a collaborative digital project that allows Canadians to share pictures/video/words etc. about immigrant contributions to Canada. The proposed project must be suitable to be shared digitally on one of the museum’s platforms.

In light of the challenges created by the pandemic, this will be a virtual residency. The 2021 residency is very flexible on medium and timing. For example where historically artists have worked at the museum sixteen hours a week for six months, this year we will welcome proposals for projects that take from 2 to 8 months.

Ownership of the work will remain with the artist with the understanding that we will host the completed project on one or more of the museum’s digital platforms. (including but not limited to website, instagram, FB, YouTube channel).

Final projects that include written or spoken words must be in English and French, and all projects must meet standard accessibility guidelines which will be determined for the selected project. The Museum can offer translation services, subtitling/captioning, described video etc.

Please write to Carrie-Ann Smith at if you would like to receive sample project ideas.

Apply to Artist-in-Residence Program


Application deadline: May 21, 2021 for submission to our 2021 Residency Program.

Selection of artist: June 11, 2021


$15,000.00 (including all supplies)

Criteria for Selection:

  • Applicant demonstrates artistic excellence and professionalism (30)
  • The proposed project offers a collaborative/participatory way for the artist to combine contributions from the public, or a specific group of participants, with their work in a way that honours how historic and/or contemporary newcomers have contributed to life in Canada. The proposed project is suitable for one of the museums platforms. (40)
  • Feasibility of the proposed program (20)
  • Experience working virtually (5)
  • Experience working on participatory projects (5)

Submission Requirements:

Please submit the following items by May 21, 2021. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

  • 1) Cover page/Email including full contact information
  • 2) Email, CD, DVD or USB drive including:
    • a) Proposal: a description of your proposed project including how the public will contribute and the requirements of our hosting the final work online
    • b) Brief project plan with a timeline and milestones
    • c) Estimated budget
    • d) Curriculum vitae
    • e) Work samples (five work samples, articles or reviews, whatever best conveys your work)

A short list of up to three artists may be interviewed prior to selection.

Send or email submissions to:

Carrie-Ann Smith
Vice-President, Audience Engagement
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
D : 902.425.0071 T : 902.425.7770 ext. 225 F : 902.423.4045

Artist Katarina Marinic.

2019 - An Ocean of Change
Katarina Marinic

Katarina recently graduated with an MFA from NSCAD University in 2019. She has a BFA with a major in photography from NSCAD in 2017, and a diploma in Applied Photography from Sheridan College.

artist Shauna MacLeod

2018 - Refuge Canada
Shauna MacLeod

Shauna MacLeod is a NSCAD graduate who has been working as a studio potter since 2012. She is one of a handful of ceramic artists working with Nova Scotia red earthenware clay.

artist Andrea Tsang

Andrea Tsang Jackson

Andrea is an emerging textile artist who holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from McGill University and a Master’s Degree in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work has been published in Flare, the Chronicle Herald, and The Coast.

man smiling holding a banner

2016 - To Those Still At Sea...
Kyle Jackson

Kyle Jackson is a multidisciplinary artist who works with paint and interactive sculpture. A graduate of NSCADU with a Degree in Painting, Kyle’s art practice is primarily spent creating and building work to charm and engage the world.