Cross Cultural Creation Residency

ArtsLink NB, L’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB), and Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collective are once again collaborating for a cross-cultural residency: their biggest collaboration to date. The organizations are launching a call for 10 artists from the province’s three largest cultural groups: Anglophone, Francophone and Indigenous artists.* The 10 day residency will take place at Kouchibouguac National Park, and artists will have the opportunity to work on a personal project while being surrounded by the creative energies of 9 other artists. The experience of being in a new community and creating with people who have different artistic disciplines can help cross linguistic and cultural barriers and build lasting relationships with other cultures.

*The Indigenous artist participation is contingent upon availability of funding from Mawi’Art. 

Residency Information

This year’s Cross Cultural Creation residency will be a lo-fi residency; a return to the simplest forms of creation. The residency will focus on the essentials, elimination all potential distractions by limiting the use of screens and other technologies, to focus entirely on the process of creation.


Kouchibouguac National Park will allow artists to create within a natural environment representative of the Maritime Plain region. The selected artists will be staying in the park’s oTENTik accommodations, which offer a cross between a tent and an A-frame cabin, making them ideal for campers looking for a little luxury in the great outdoors. This means artists will get the full camping experience while still having all the resources and amenities needed for their comfort.


  • To encourage artistic exploration and the creation of new works, by creating in healthy, artistically conducive conditions
  • To contribute to the increasing artistic quality of works
  • To facilitate collaboration and the sharing of expertise
  • To create significant cultural bridges between the different communities in the province
  • To facilitate meetings between the artists and the public and help the public better understand the creation process.

Depending on public health guidelines at the time of the residency, the works that are created could be presented publicly upon completion. The artists will be given complete artistic freedom, but they will be asked to open their studio space to allow the community to learn about their creative processes.


  1. Provide their own art supplies
  2. Interact with the other participating artists
  3. Publicly present their creations at the end of the residence in an exhibition. (Contingent upon public health guidelines re COVID-19)
  4. Submit a final report to ArtsLink NB, l’AAAPNB, and Mawi’Art within 30 days of the end of the residency.
  5. Be available for the entirety of the residence, from May 31 to June 9, 2021.


  1. All professional artists are invited to apply for the residency, both emerging and established. (For more information on eligibility, see artsnb’s definition of a professional artist: https://artsnb.ca/web/grants/eligibility/)
  2. The residency is open to Anglophone artists who are members of ArtsLink NB, Francophone artists who are members of l’AAAPNB, and Indigenous artists who are members of Mawi’Art.


  1. Artists should fill out the Google Form (English and French) in full, including a detailed project description (minimum 500 words).
  2. Artists should attach their artist statement and artist cv to the Google Form.
  3. Artists must be available for the full residency period, from May 31 to June 9, 2021.


The applications will be evaluated by a peer jury. The main things that the jury will look for are:

  1. The relevance and feasibility of the proposed project, given the location and technical capabilities of the residency
  2. The project’s originality and creativity.
  3. The potential impact of the project on the artist’s career


Application deadline: Feb 26, 2021

Candidates will have a response by March 25, 2021.


  • An $1,100 stipend
  • Reimbursement for travel costs, from the artist’s residence to the residency location (over 50 km)
  • Lodging in an oTENTik (the creation space will be within the oTENTik as well as outside the oTENTik, under a covered platform)
  • A per-diem for food and other expenses.