Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts

Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts

Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (KIRA) will award up to fifteen artists with one month residencies in St. Andrews, New Brunswick Canada. Artists will be provided with an individual studio space, comfortable housing, up to two prepared meals each day and a stipend. Artists will live on a historic property in a beautiful seaside town and work in studios located on the property. The residence is within walking distance of the down town, however artists should bring all materials needed for their creative process when they arrive, as supplies and provisions are limited in town. As part of the residency, artists will be asked to engage with the community for up to six hours a week. These engagements for each artist will vary based on skills and interest and can include a partnership with the Kingsbrae Garden which is located steps away from the residence and studios.

Program Details and Support:

  • One month of free studio space in a freestanding 300-square foot studio equiped with Wi-Fi
  • Awarded stipend of $1,500 per month
  • Private bedroom/bathroom in a well-maintained historic property located steps away from the studio
  • Up to 5-artists living on-site plus the program director
  • Two meals a day
  • Audience engagement opportunities
  • Access to Kingsbrae Garden public events
  • Scheduled access to: nontoxic printmaking equipment (portable proofing press suitable for linoblock, woodcut, and letter set printing, range of typeset), ceramics equipment (pottery kick-wheels, medium sized kiln, outdoor gas fired kiln), woodshop (chop saws, table saws, planer, clamps, etc.), mechanical shop with a range of basic hand tools and resources
  • Artists will be responsible for covering costs associated with the purchase of materials, shipment of artwork/supplies, travel costs and other living expenses including supplemental food
  • Artists will participate in Open Studios for the public each Saturday from 10am-1pm
  • An end of residency Art Exhibit of the body of work completed during the residency month will take place in the final week of each residence

Applications are open to a range of disciplines and types of artists including but not limited to the visual arts, music/composition, new media, and interdisciplinary arts. Artists from all levels in their career who exhibit a strong professional work ethic and a collaborative attitude are invited to apply. Artists from New Brunswick are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements:

  • Resume or CV (3-page maximum – pdf format)
  • Artist Statement (6,000 character limit – pdf format)
  • Responses to following open-ended questions:
  1. Text about you and your work and why this residency would be important to you at this time in your career. (2,000 character limit – pdf format)
  2. Text about how your artistic inquiry may or may not be supported by the location of the residency and public interactions with the community. (1,000 character limit – pdf format)
  • Artists are expected to engage with the community 6-hours per week. Given this requirement, what ways would you be most interested in engaging with the community? (1,000 character limit – pdf format)
  • Contact info for three professional references (Name, email, phone number, and relationship – pdf format)
  • Portfolio of work (5 to 10 forms of documentation – with all images in jpeg format)
  • $10 Application Fee (Can)

Artists will be selected using a panel review process who considers the following criteria: overall merit of work, readiness to engage with the community, potential to develop creative practice, influence by the location, and statistical data including career level, and geographic location. References of finalists will be contacted. A 30-minute conference call between the finalists and program administrators will be conducted before acceptance into the residency program.

Deadline for application is December 31, 2017. The one month residency periods are in June, July, and August 2018. For questions, please contact: Mary Jones, tel: 506-529-8281 or [email protected].