Submissions: Indigenous Curatorial Residency

Indigenous Curatorial Residency
Call for Expressions of Interest

February 2021 – August 2022
Deadline: January 30, 2021

The Curatorial Residency at Hamilton Artists Inc. (the Inc.) is a new program for First Nations, Métis and Inuit curators at all stages of their careers. Running every two years, this program cultivates opportunities for Indigenous practitioners to grow their practice through long-term support. The curator will spend 18 months in residence, culminating in an exhibition in summer 2022.

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

With respect to the curator’s other pursuits and the duration and scope 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 curator’s availability and working style. The curator will have 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 and Inuit curators, or those interested in becoming a curator. No academic training or past curatorial experience is required. We will prioritize applicants who are based in or have a connection to this territory—the lands of the Anishnaabeg and Haudenosaunee, protected by the Dish with One Spoon wampum belt covenant.

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.


$4000 residency honorarium; $2500 curatorial fee for the exhibition
The Inc. will provide additional funds towards travel, mentor honorariums, materials, child/elder care, and accessibility.

A separate budget for exhibition-related expenses will be provided, including artist fees based on the CARFAC fee recommendations. The Inc. will 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
  • CV (3 pages maximum)
  • Images, writing, or other documentation from your past works and projects, in any medium (Optional)

Written, video, or audio submissions are welcome. Documents should be in a PDF or Word format.  To send a video/audio submission in lieu of a written application, please email us a YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud link or send an .mp3 or .mp4 file.

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 Abedar Kamgari, Programming Director, at

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

Attend our online submission cafés! Get one-on-one support on your application from our staff on a first come, first served basis. Free, all are welcome!
Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 2:00-3:30 pm
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Please register for the zoom link.

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