Residency Programs

The Manitoba Arts Council offers a number of residency programs for professional artists in Manitoba, across Canada, and internationally. Each year more than 300 Manitoba artists participate in MAC supported residencies.Residency programs provide artists with opportunities to develop their artistic practice, to expand their professional and creative networks, and to create new work. Residencies can have a lasting impact on the artists and the communities in which they occur.

Brooklyn Visual Arts Residency

International Studio and Curatorial Program

The Brooklyn Visual Arts Residency supports professional visual artists and curators from Manitoba to undertake a three-month residency in Brooklyn, New York, at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP). The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) is a leading non-profit, residency-based contemporary art institution in the United States. Learn more

Churchill Artists Residency

The Churchill Artists’ Residency supports professional artists from Manitoba to undertake two week residencies in Churchill, Manitoba, at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC). Founded in 1976, the CNSC provides various services to researchers working on a diverse range of topics of interest to northern science. Learn more

Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency

The Deep Bay Cabin at Riding Mountain National Park was renovated by Parks Canada in 2006 to become the home of the Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency program. Since 2006, over 80 artists have experimented and created new art in the beautiful natural setting of the park. Learn more

Iceland Performing Arts Residency

The Iceland Performing Arts Residency supports professional Manitoban performing artists to undertake a one-month residency in Skagaströnd Iceland, at the Nes Artist Residency. The Nes Artist Residency is one of the larger artist residences in Iceland and is located in Skagaströnd a small town in the northwest. Nes hosts between 90-120 international artists per year. Learn more

Manitoba/New Brunswick/Quebec Creative Residency

The Manitoba/New Brunswick/Quebec Creative Residency is a multi-disciplinary program that assists professional Manitoba artists to undertake a creation-based or professional development residency in New Brunswick or Quebec. The program began in 2009 as a partnership between Manitoba and New Brunswick. it expanded in 2011 to include Quebec. Since 2009, 12 artists have participated in this program. Learn more

Arts Education: Artists in the Schools and ArtsSmarts Programs

Artists in the Schools and ArtsSmarts are two MAC programs specifically aimed at facilitating partnerships between professional Manitoba artists and K-12 schools in Manitoba. In 2014 over 42,350 students in 305 schools throughout Manitoba participated in these programs. Artists in the Schools has a directory of over 60 professional artists who travel to schools all over Manitoba, working with teachers and students to enrich the existing arts curricula. ArtsSmarts helps schools collaborate with local artists of their choosing to integrate the arts into the teaching of other curriculum areas. Learn more

Artists in Community Residency Program

Photos from the Artists in Healthcare 2014 Annual Report. Musician: Photography: Cory Aronec, 2013, St. Boniface Hospital; Cards: St. Boniface Hospital, Art at the Bedside Program

The Artists in Community Residency Program helps support incorporated, not-for-profit organizations in Manitoba deliver community art projects. The program supports communities that face barriers to accessing the arts to engage in creative collaborations with established and professional artists. The projects must involve an established professional artist(s) who provides a meaningful artistic experience to a Manitoban community facing an identified barrier to accessing the arts. Learn more

Travel and Professional Development Grants are also available for artists seeking support for self-directed residency opportunities.

Travel and Professional Development Grants provide support to professional artists and arts administrators and professional community arts practitioners to attend or participate in activities related to the development of their practice/careers. Learn more