Open Call

2019 SPAO Artist Residency

School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa

No Funding
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Candidates should have completed formal training in the field of photography, visual arts or equivalent. SPAO welcomes all visual backgrounds, motivations and styles. A selection committee consisting of arts professionals will evaluate the applications. The committee will base its selection on the artistic quality of the applicant’s work, the potential impact of the residency on the applicant’s career, and the contribution to the Ottawa and Canadian arts communities.

Number of Participants

Up to 4 artists are in the program at any given time.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


January 01, 2019 - August 31, 2019


  • CA$5,500.00 program fee


Alternative Processes Darkroom, Computer Lab, Co-Working, Darkroom, Gallery, Library, Shared Studio, Silver Darkroom


No meals

Public Programs






Program Description

The School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) invites applications for the Artist in Residence for Photographers and Photo-Based Artists. This extended photographic mentorship and residency is one of the most unique residencies of its kind. This residency is designed for visual artists who have previously completed formal training in visual arts and/or lens-based media and are ready to intensely focus on an aspect of their existing career or on a specific upcoming project. As a self-directed residency, artists are afforded the time and environment needed to research, experiment, and produce an on-going body of work as a professional working artist. Through an extensive residency, we provide the physical space and regular mentorship consultation designed to meet the individual needs of our participants. Residency Dates: January 2019 – August 2019 (inclusive). Application deadline: December 7, 2018

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