Artist in Residence


October 3 – November 28, 2022

Richmond Hill Public Library (RHPL) invites professional visual artists to apply for our Artist in Residence program. Artists are invited to share their skills and artistic vision with the Richmond Hill community through the preparation and delivery of community workshops/courses. The application period begins June 13, 2022.

 Artist in Residence program will:

  • Create new work opportunities for artists
  • Create collaborative opportunities for artists and the Library
  • Explore the role that public libraries can play in the artistic process
  • Connect with the community to co-create new programming


If you wish to apply to the Artist in Residence program, please submit all of the following documents:


  • Detailing experience relevant to the Artist in Residence program

Letter of intent 

  • Tell us about your art. What is your medium? What is your artistic philosophy?
  • Tell us about your facilitation experience. What workshops have you led?  Do you have experience working with different age groups?
  • What is your project? How will you feature RHPL resources? How will you engage the public? What workshop ideas do you have? Please give titles and brief descriptions

Digital files

  • 5-10 digital files or links to your recent artistic work
  • In .jpg file format only
  • A maximum of 1 MB file size each
  • A maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 at 75 PPI
  • Named using a “LastName_FirstName_01.jpg” format (e.g., Smith_John_01.jpg), with numbers (01, 02, 03, etc.) corresponding directly to your image script. In the image script, please provide title, medium, dimensions, and date for each image.

Applications must be submitted via email to, using the subject line ‘Artist in Residence Application 2022' by August 17, 2022. 


In Fall 2022, the Artist in Residence will develop and present an engaging workshop/course for adults 18+. The course/workshop will take place one day a week for 1.5 hours, and the artist will host the same course/workshop in two 4-week sessions. This leads to a  minimum of 12 hours of workshops over the 8-week period, not including preparation time. Programming schedule will be developed in conjunction with library staff.


  • Applications must be received by August 10, 2022. Deadline extended to August 17, 2022.
  • Applications will be reviewed between Aug. 18-23
  • The residency will take place from Oct. 3 to November 28. The artist will host the same workshop/course in two 4-week sessions. Class sizes are limited to 20 adults (18+) per course.


Artist in Residence program is open to emerging, mid-career, and established professional artists, as defined by the Toronto Arts Council:

A professional artist is someone who has developed their skills through training and/or practice; is recognized as such by artists working in the same artistic tradition; actively practices his or her art; seeks payment for his/her work; and has a history of public presentation.

The artist must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, aged 18 years or older. Preference will be given to residents of York Region.


RHPL will provide the total sum of $3500 for the residency period, including, artist fees, HST, all materials, and any other project expenses incurred by the applicant.