Call for 2023 Children’s Artist in Residence

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Call for 2023 Children’s Artist in Residence

The Calgary Public Library invites applications for the paid position of Artist in Residence: Children’s Artist/
Illustrator at the Central Library in downtown Calgary, for the fall of 2023. This residency recognizes the contribution of children’s artists to literature and to Calgary’s culture and seeks to introduce Library patrons, especially children and educators, to artists and art forms they may not otherwise experience while providing opportunities to meet artists, observe the artistic process and participate in artmaking.

Description of the Position

The Library seeks emerging or mid-career children’s artists/illustrators with an art practice in any medium and an affinity for people. This residency program is based in a glass-walled studio in a public space, which means, while the artist’s practice and privacy is to be respected whether in the studio or in the public space of the library, we do expect the artist to be comfortable and open to engaging with patrons. The artist is expected to display their work and process, as a way of animating the studio for visitors to look in and see when the artist is not present.

Experience working with communities, large groups and/or children and youth is an asset.

The children’s artist/ illustrator residency runs for three months, September–November annually. The artist will be required to take part in an artist talk and, at minimum, two public workshops and/or school programs, all set in collaboration with the Library. Beginning September 5, 2023, the artist will hold open studio hours at The Central Library for a minimum 7.5 hours per week, culminating in a December exhibition. The 252 square foot Artist in Residence studio is available to the artist during opening hours to work on their own projects and the Library Goes to Kindergarten contract (see below).


The Artist in Residence honorarium is $50 per hour to a maximum of 100 hours per residency. This amount includes offsite preparation time and onsite program delivery time, and any other project expenses incurred by the applicant, except for materials specific to community engagement events.

In addition to the residency, the artist awarded the contract will be commissioned to design the annual Library Goes to Kindergarten promotional item, during their residency (additional remuneration).

Please submit applications to Service Design: Artist in Residence Program
Central Library, 800 3rd Street SE
Calgary, AB T2G 2E7

Or electronically to

For more information review the attached PDF. Please note the deadline has been extended to July 15, 2023.

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