Photo-based Residency

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Photo-based Residency

Deadline: September 1, 2023

Apply for a photo-based residency at Sparrow Artspace in conjunction with Exposure Photography Festival which happens in February 2024. Applicants who can use the space to create work as well as exhibit their work are preferred – photo-based work like mixed media, cyanotype, photo-based media installation, or setting up a photo studio, for example, would work well. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2023, and the successful applicant will be notified by September 9, 2023. Preference is given to applicants of 2 or more people who apply together in collaboration.

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

Sparrow values creativity, community, and collaboration:

  • Creativity: the artists in residence will explore their own creativity as well as inspire and potentially nurture the creativity of anyone who walks into the space.
  • Collaboration: residencies are for two or more artists. Sparrow provides a space for something new to emerge when artists work together – either in a collaborative piece or simply by working side by side. Artists can apply as individuals if they are open to Sparrow looking for another artist to collaborate with.
  • Community: We encourage artists-in-residence to reach out to the community in a way that is unique to them. Sparrow aspires to be a community hub where everyone belongs and can explore their own creativity. We also invite past artists-in-residence back into the space for workshops and events as well as other artists in the community.

We encourage applications from candidates who identify as part of racialized, Indigenous, newcomers, and/or 2SLGBTQ+ communities. Oral applications are accepted – I would love to meet with you and get to know more about what you do. Email to arrange a time to meet.

For more information or to apply visit

Sparrow is a (non-profit) private enterprise and is not an official non-profit organization and thereby cannot pay artist fees or apply for grants. However, Sparrow’s mama bird, Sandra, would be happy to help assist in writing an artist grant. Sandra has experience writing grants from her work in the non-profit sector.

There is a fee of $250 per artist per month (minimum two artists), which helps to cover some of Sparrow’s expenses. Artists can sell their work and there will be a 25% commission that goes back into Sparrow Artspace to cover some of the costs. Sales will be made directly between the artist and the client. This is not a rental – the actual costs of running the space are approximately $10,000+ per month, which is covered in part by an anonymous donor and in part by Sparrow Artspace. Additionally, Sandra’s time spent running Sparrow is voluntary and not financially compensated. The fees and commissions from artists only cover a small portion of expenses.

Artists also contribute to the space and community by keeping the space tidy, posting on social media, and doing other various tasks as needed. The space is open to the public three–five days per week. This is an opportunity for artists to engage with visitors, sell artwork, host workshops, and promote your practice. Artists will need to commit to being in the space a minimum of three days per week during public opening hours (Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 11am – 6pm).

Sparrow has the following facilities that artists are welcome to use:

  • Wifi
  • Large sink and washroom
  • Fridge, microwave
  • Lockers to store items
  • Folding chairs and tables
  • A rail hanging system for displaying art.

Artists will be responsible for supplying anything else they may need (e.g. plinths for 3-D work, etc.).

Residencies are for a full month with a move-in on the first of the month and move-out on the last day of the month. There is a $500 damage deposit. Artists will have access to the space Monday – Sunday, 8am – 10pm by secure FOB key access (there is a security system). Sparrow has insurance for the space, but it does not cover artwork.

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 free street parking. There is one designated parking stall that can be booked by the artists.

Please fill in our application at for consideration or contact to book a time to meet and tour the space.

Apply for a photo-based artist residency in conjunction with Exposure Photography Festival | Sparrow Artspace: Creativity Community Collaboration

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