Indigenous Residency

Indigenous Residency
Call for Expressions of Interest

June 2023-October 2024
Deadline: January 28, 2023

The Indigenous Residency at Hamilton Artists Inc. (the Inc.) is a new program for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists and curators working in any medium and at any stage in their careers. This program cultivates opportunities for Indigenous practitioners to grow their practice over a long-term residency spanning 18 months.

As an artist-run centre, the Inc. is committed to providing a space for creative exploration, experimentation, and risk-taking. This program is designed to be flexible in order to meet the recipient’s needs and goals at this moment in their career. The recipient will be supported in pursuing expansive research on a project of their choice from the idea phase to public presentation. The recipient will have access to resources, mentors of their choice, workshops, and connections to enable them to accomplish their own goals set for the residency.

With respect to the recipient’s other commitments and the long duration of this project, this is not a full-time residency. We are estimating a time commitment of 225-260 hours in total, both on and off-site. The pace of the project will be determined by the recipient’s availability and working style. There will be the option to work remotely, with occasional visits to the gallery when needed. The Inc. will provide onsite access to a workspace and laptop if required.

Who can apply:

This residency is for First Nations, Métis, or Inuit artists and curators working in any medium and at any stage in their careers. No academic training is required. We will prioritize applicants who are based in or have connections to this territory—the lands of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Anishnaabeg, specifically the Mississaugas of the Credit.

We recognize that Indigeneity is complex and multifaceted, and affected by race, disability, gender, sexuality, class, and many other factors. We encourage people with intersecting identities to apply.


$4200 residency honorarium; $2500 honorarium for the final presentation. The Inc. will provide additional funds towards travel, mentor honorariums, materials, child/elder care, accessibility, and exhibition-related expenses. The Inc. and recipient may work together to pursue additional funding through grants and other sources, as the project requires.

How to apply:

Please send us the following materials in an email to

  • Your contact details (name, email, address, and phone number)
  • A letter of intent introducing yourself, your passions, inspirations and artistic influences, your goals, and some potential directions for the project you would like to explore. Please tell us how you see this residency benefitting your practice.
  • CV (Optional, 3 pages maximum)
  • Images, writing, or other documentation from your past works and projects (Optional)

Written, video, or audio submissions are welcome. Compatible file formats: pdf, doc or docx, mp3, wav, mp4, and wmv. To submit a hand-written or hard-copy instead, please mail your materials to:

P.O. Box 57125
Jackson Station
2 King Street West
Hamilton, ON L8P 4W9

Have questions or want help with your application?

If you would like to receive support for submitting your application or have or any questions, please email, or leave a message at 905.529.3355.

Check out our Frequently Asked QuestionsTo learn more about the Inc., CLICK HERE. Accessibility information can be found HERE.

Hamilton Artists Inc. has numerous submission opportunities, CLICK HERE to read the general call for submissions and learn about other opportunities.

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