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Children’s Illustrator in Residence

The library seeks emerging or mid-career children’s artists or 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 are 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 from September to November annually.

The artist will be required to take part in an artist talk near the beginning of the residency and a minimum of two public workshops and/or school programs, all set in collaboration with the library. 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.

Beginning September 6, 2021, the artist will hold open studio hours at Central Library for a minimum 7.5 hours per week and requires daytime availability. The residency will culminate in a December exhibition.

Application details can be found by visiting