Visiting Artist Residency

Next Submission Deadline: June 19, 2023 at 11:59pm ET.

We are excited to announce that our forthcoming public calls for programming in 2024-25 are specifically directed to members of equity-deserving communities, including racialized persons: Black, Indigenous, People(s) of Colour (BIPOC); persons with disabilities, persons living with mental illness, and 2SLGBTQIA+ persons.

Access our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion framework here.

Please note that most of our residencies take place from September to July, specifically year-long residencies, however, timing does alter for shorter-term residencies or project-based residencies and a schedule is determined once a recipient is selected.

We welcome local, national, and international applications, but we do not provide financial support for travel or accommodation. However, we are happy to provide a letter of support for funding applications to artists accepted into the program.


  • Each year, Open Studio offers one Visiting Artist (VA) Residency to a mid-career or established artist who is interested in working with printmaking mediums. The VA Residency is a creation residency in which the participating artist will have the chance to develop and execute a print-based project using a range of processes, both traditional and experimental.
  • The VA residency is scheduled for three consecutive months between January and June and provides 60 hours of assistance from a collaborative printer within this three-month period.


  • This public call is specifically for mid-career or established artists, defined as those with a minimum of 5 years of exhibition experience
  • Artists with an interest in working with printmaking mediums
  • Artists with and without print experience are encouraged to apply

Note: Please note that this residency is designed for local artists residing in Toronto and the surrounding Greater Toronto Area, due to its three-month duration. We regret that we are unable to provide financial assistance for travel or accommodation. Nevertheless, we are pleased to offer a letter of support to the selected artists for their funding applications.


  • 60hrs of collaborative printing assistance with access to Open Studio’s production facilities over the course of three months
  • Materials bursary based on project goals [value fluctuates]
  • Storage for the duration of the residency
  • Promotion through Open Studio’s marketing initiatives
  • Possibility for prints to be consigned for sale through the Open Studio Shop
  • The opportunity to make contacts within Open Studio’s printmaking community


  • Maintain a consistent art production schedule during the tenure of the residency period
  • Open Studio may request up to two fundraising prints
  • Costs for materials and additional printing time required for projects outside of the amounts outlined above are the responsibility of the artist.


The artist is allocated 60 hours of time with a collaborative printer. However, as this time can quickly run out, it is important to plan accordingly. It is recommended that an artist anticipate spending approximately one-third of this time experimenting with print processes for their project, and the remaining two-thirds on production of their work. As time is a crucial factor in this residency, it is best to have a concrete idea of what you would like to produce during the residency, based on your proposal.

Please be aware that printmaking is bound by the constraints on the equipment that Open Studio has as part of our facilities. The maximum image size would vary depending on the medium chosen; 22″ x 30″ is the standard paper size in printmaking. However, works in a larger scale can still be achieved through the use of tiling, or other methods to connect multiple prints together.

Submissions will be juried, and we will send out notifications approximately eight weeks after the deadline. Please note that due to the high volume of submissions, we are unable to provide individual feedback for applications.

Ready to apply?

To apply, please fill out the application form below. If the form is not visible, please check back closer to the submission date. Typically, applications open for submissions one month before the deadline. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us. We’re always happy to help.

Submission Deadline: June 19, 2023 at 11:59pm ET