Artist Residency

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Artist Residency

Sparrow Artspace is a new initiative, opening August 5, 2021, located in the historic DeWaal building in Bridgeland. Sparrow provides monthly residencies where artists can create, collaborate, and exhibit to further their artistic journey in a supportive community.

Sparrow Artspace provides space (approx 700 sq. ft.) to artists for exhibitions, studio, workshops, performances, or installation on a full month basis.

Art forms which use hazardous equipment, hazardous or toxic materials, or art forms which create a lot of mess or debris (e.g. pottery wheel) won’t be suitable. Sparrow values creativity, community, and collaboration. Preference will be given to artists who are collaborating with one or more artists for their residency.

Art organizations are welcome to apply.

There is a fee of $500 per month which helps to cover some of the expenses. Artists also contribute to the space and community by keeping the space tidy, posting on social media, and various tasks as needed. The space will be open to the public three-five days a week (TBA). This is an opportunity for artists to engage with visitors or to make sales. Artists will need to commit to being in the space a minimum of three days a week during opening hours (Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm).

Sparrow is a (non-profit) private enterprise and is not an official non-profit organization and thereby won’t be able to pay artist fees or apply for grants.

Artists can sell their work and there will be a 20% commission that goes back into Sparrow Artspace to cover some of the costs. Sales will be made directly between the artist and buyer.

Sparrow has the following on-site that the artists are welcome to use: WiFi, small sink and washroom, fridge, lockers to store your things, folding chairs and tables, and a rail hanging system for displaying art. Artist will be responsible for supplying anything else they may need (e.g. plinths for 3-D work, etc.).

Residencies are a full month or full two months with a move-in on the first of the month and move-out on the last day of the month. There is a $300 damage deposit. Artists will have access to the space Monday through Sunday (8:00am to 10:00pm) by secure FOB key access. Sparrow has insurance for the space, but it does not cover artwork or artist’s liability insurance.

Sparrow is a community art space and there will be other people working in the space at the same time. There might also be additional events (e.g. meetings, clubs, workshops, performances, etc.) which will be arranged and scheduled with the artists in residence.

Sparrow Artspace is located in the historic de Waal building in Bridgeland (36 4th St. NE). There is free one-hour parking at the building as well as street parking. There is one designated parking stall that can be booked by the artists.

For more information and to apply, visit

Deadline to Apply: August 8, 2021

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