Artist in Residence – Cape Breton Centre for Craft

Artist in Residence


Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, in collaboration with Parks Canada, is pleased to open the call for applications for a new four-day residency program, Ground Rules, in the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Fifteen Nova Scotia artists with diverse backgrounds will explore new ideas inspired by the natural landscapes of the Highlands, while interacting with scientists, park interpreters and creative leaders.

Ground Rules is a residency retreat for artists, providing them with the opportunity to explore new ideas and ways of working in their medium, connect to their individual heritage and discover how scientific processes shape the natural world. Participants will stay overnight in oTENTiks in Chéticamp during the residency. The program also includes an exhibition component where participating artists will create new works based on their time in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This exhibit will be on display at the Centre in 2020.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2019.
Ground Rules will take place June 10 – 14, 2019 in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

For more information and the program outline, click here.

For the application and checklist, click here.

If you have any questions and would like additional information, please contact Laura Collinet at 902 539 7491 ext 116 or




The purpose of the artist in residence program is to offer recent graduates and /or qualified craftspeople the opportunity to use studio space. Participants must be self-directed, must be able to work independently, must conduct themselves in a professional manner and must be able to work within a cooperative environment.

Being an artist in residence offers many opportunities including business skills development workshops, marketing and promotional opportunities, as well as instructing courses and workshops.

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design currently has a few different artist in residence opportunities:

If you are interested in participating in the Centre’s Artist in Residence program or supporting Artist in Residence initiatives, please contact Laura Collinet at or 539-7491 ext 113.