Artist in Residence

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Artist in Residence

The Women’s Centre of Calgary is excited to partner with the Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation (ICAI) for our 2021/22 artist in residence (AiR) program.

This year, our goal is to ensure newcomer and immigrant artists who identify as women are represented in our space. We have three residency periods: September to December, January to March, and April to June.

The Women’s Centre has many women who are newcomers that are part of our community, and we want to make sure they see themselves reflected in our AiR program.

What is the Women’s Centre?

The Women’s Centre is a resource, information, and community center for women. We work to support women to access basic needs support, connect with others and work for change on issues that affect them.

What is the Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation?

The Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation is an arts council based in Calgary, AB; it was founded in January 2019 with the purpose of connecting newcomer and immigrant artists with the existing arts community in Calgary.

What is the Artist in Residence Program at the Women’s Centre?

This program invites local artists, musicians, speakers, and other creative women in Calgary to share their work in a new environment, provides the Women’s Centre’s community with the opportunity to try something new, and engages with Calgary’s arts and music community. Our goal is to host welcoming events in our Women’s Centre space with a wide array of attendees, providing women with the opportunity to meet women artists and other community members that they would not normally meet.

This year, we are offering three residency spots: Fall (September to December 2021), Winter (January to March 2022), and Spring (April to June 2022).

COVID-19 Considerations

The Women’s Centre is committed to running this program in the safest way possible. We hope to run the AiR workshops and events in-person (with safety measures in places as required by AHS), but will commit to moving to online programming if it is not safe to gather in person.

Next Steps

  • June 2021: Interested women artists are invited to apply for one of the artist in residence spots by filling the google form provided.
  • July 2021: A committee of former AiR artists, ICAI staff, and Women’s Centre staff will review applications.
  • August 2021: Artist selection will be announced, and we will begin working with the fall artist in residence.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Sarah at or Smitha at

Thank you for your interest in this program! Apply by June 30, 2021.

For full information about this residency, please visit

To apply, please visit to access the form.

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