Ingonish – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design


"It seems that there aren't enough words to describe my experience in the Cape Breton Highlands. I feel embraced, calm, and at peace. The seasons are changing in front of my eyes, so the inspiration is endless and always new. I've taken time to explore and write, and I've had more independent time to work on my dream catchers than ever before. As I enter the third week of my art residency, I look forward to beginning a new large series inspired by these unforgettable views."
"The Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design artist in residence program in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park was an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to hike the trails and see the beautiful scenery of the park and paint the landscapes in Plein air.  The mountains, the forests and the ocean inspired me to paint.  I have made many sketches and studies along with photographs that I will be referencing for large scale paintings that will be in a future solo exhibition. My first solo exhibition." 

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design in collaboration with Parks Canada is excited to present an Artist in Residence Program based in the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

This year, the program is open to Canadian professional artists working in visual or craft-based arts. Artists may apply for an autumn residency period of six weeks from September 5th to October 17th, 2021.

Residencies offer professional artists the opportunity to focus for a concentrated period on developing new projects, or to work on existing projects within quiet, natural surroundings by the Atlantic Ocean.

Applications are reviewed by a jury of internal and external arts administrators, artists, educators, and representatives of the partner organizations.

If you have any questions or would like more information about this program, please contact Laura Collinet at or 902 539 7491 ext 116.

Please note: Two artists may make a joint application, each submitting their own visuals and other information if they are prepared to share the honorarium and living/working space. These are working residencies; family and friends cannot accompany artists.


DEADLINE: Saturday, July 31st, 2021

Past Ingonish artist-in-residence participants:

Kelsie Young, 2020

Kelsie Young is a Mi’kmaq First Nations artist who studied her ancestral arts of wooden flower and dream catcher making, and basket weaving with Mi’kmaq elders from Bear River and throughout Nova Scotia. Kelsie earned her undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s University in Entrepreneurship and Classical History. 

She is a certified vinyasa yoga and meditation teacher, spirit talker, energy worker and has been creating aboriginal dream catcher artwork under her studio name ‘Dream Webs’ since 2016. 

Sherry Park, 2019

Sherry is a portrait and figure painter from Brampton, Ontario, and has been pursuing her artistic career since her graduation from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 1991. In 1990, she studied in Florence, Italy, and in the last five years, she has participated in 14 exhibitions throughout Ontario.

She is the 1996 recipient of the Ontario Arts Council Grant with Greenthumb Arts Collective, the Ontario Arts Council Grant with Plural Arts Collective, and the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundations Grant in 1992. 

Kira Varvanina, 2018

Formally trained as an architect, Kira Varvanina has been pursuing her artistic career since 2011. Her numerous temporary installations were featured at local shows such as Come Up To My Room and The Artist Project. During this period she also created a body of work exploring fiber optic technology and light. 

Her unique vision and expertise are manifested through intricate three-dimensional art pieces. She continues to combine her technological skills to explore the complexity of the natural world. As an artist, Kira seeks to find and create harmony in the chaotic beauty of nature.

Amélie Jérôme, 2017

Originally from Quebec, Amélie relocated to live full time at the foot of the Cape Breton Highlands, in Chéticamp after this residency.

She obtained her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design as well as a Master’s degree at York University, Toronto. She completed several artist residencies in the east coast, has worked for commercial art galleries as well as artist-run centres and is currently represented by Montreal gallery Laroche/Joncas.