The 9-month airCraft Emerging Artist in Residency Program by the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia provides the opportunity for post-graduates or individuals with equivalent training to further develop a craft career. Whether the resident is looking to focus on production, exhibition, or on maintaining a hybrid practice, the Centre strives to individualize and tailor the program to suit the participants’ needs and objectives with an emphasis on preserving a healthy work-life balance. By giving residents access to our studios, resources, and creative community, our goal is to support the next generation of crafters by contributing to the development of sustainable careers. 

airCraft Emerging Artist Residency

How to apply?

Timeline: (2022/23 Open to Applications)

  • Applications due June 26th, 2022 at Midnight
  • Notified or interviewed by Friday, August 12th, 2022 (this date may change)
  • Notice of acceptance by resident by July 12th, 2022  at 4:00pm (this date may change)
  • Mandatory orientation Thursday, September 15th, 2022
  • Program runs from September 15th, 2022- June 15th, 2022


  • Participants must be Emerging Artists – early stage of their career and who demonstrate a comprehensive understanding or their medium(s). 
  • Self-directed, independent, and can conduct themselves in a professional manner in a cooperative studio environment.

Resources and Opportunities:

  • Three professional development sessions geared towards the needs of the residents (past sessions included: writing for the arts,  developing time management and goal setting strategies, marketing & wholesale, documenting your work,etc). 
  • Monthly meetings with the Centre’s staff and peer to peer consultations. 
  • Access to a professional development stipend of up to  $1000 approved for costs including, but not limited to materials, local travel, classes, equipment and memberships. 
  • Staff support in application and/or grant development. 
  • 24-hour access to a dedicated space within a shared studio. Some course programming may reduce access during class times. 
  • Proximity of the studios encourages community building between residents and the possibility of cross-media learning. 
  • Access to professional opportunities in the Centre’s course programming and gallery operations. 
  • Access to promotion on our social media channels and newsletter(s). 

Artist Responsibilities:

  • Developing and maintaining self-directed monthly goals.  
  • Meeting the cleanliness and safety standards of the shared studios.  
  • Attending monthly meetings and participating in all professional development sessions. 
  • Maintaining clear communication with staff by conveying specific needs and requested support (including but not limited to facility use and maintenance, inquiries about opportunities and professional assistance). 
  • Submitting material order requests, tracking and communicating stipend expenses for staff to purchase. 

Program Fees:

  • $200 monthly studio fee 
  • $100 refundable damage deposit 

Application Process:

Complete Online Form

(if you are having trouble filling out the online form please email all the information to studio.coordinator@craftnovascotia.ca)

Your application must include:

  • One-page letter of intent describing your proposed project. Please include your career goals, and the supports you’ll be needing to achieve them, as well as the direction for your practice.
  • C.V. (2-page max) 
  • 5 images of past work-jpeg format (each image should not exceed 1MB and 72DPI) 
  • 5 images of current work-jpeg format (each image should not exceed 1MB and 72DPI) 
  • 2 sketches of possible future work-jpeg format (each image should not exceed 1MB 72DPI) 
  • Image list with descriptions of materials, processes, dimensions, titles, and dates of production. 
  • 2 letters of recommendation from a mentor, teacher, collaborator, supervisor or gallerist. *Note that Letters of Recommendation should not be opened or sent by the applicant. It is your responsibility to ensure we have both letters of recommendation on or prior to the application deadline. 

Recommendation Forms:

Click here to access the online form

For more information please contact Pam Juarez, Studio Coordinator, at 902.492.2524 or studio.coordinator@craftnovascotia.ca