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Online Artist in Residence: Call for Artists – Deadline February 28, 2021

The Arts Council of New Westminster aims to have an Online Artist-in-Residence program that features a variety of disciplines by a wide range of artists from New Westminster. The Online Artist-In-Residence program aims to reflect both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and to serve as an educational forum for the citizens of New Westminster and surrounding communities. This program is open to applications from both established and emerging artists living and/or working in New Westminster. For clarity: this is an artist development program, you do not need to be an established artist. This is an opportunity to develop as an artist, and no previous experience is expected. 

The Arts Council of New Westminster wishes to highlight how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit. 

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm  on Sunday, February 28, 2021


The ACNW is seeking to provide local New Westminster artists the opportunity to access our online assets (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) to showcase their creative work with the community through an Online Artist in Residence Program.  The residency program is a virtual space for artists to explore and create art, engage with the community and have time and space for experimenting on something new. This program is not project driven, therefore, artists have the freedom to occupy this space in a way that fits their creative expression.

This residency is a self-directed presentation of the artist’s artistic practise and output. The residency will take place online and the ACNW will provide its social media channels as the platform for expression and dissemination. 


  • To be in-residence, you must be a current member of the Arts Council of New Westminster at the time of your residency.
  • Have demonstrated working knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram, Instagram Stories) and be able to use these platforms to produce engaging posts and live content.
  • Be able to produce a minimum of four posts per week 


  • Selected artists will receive a $150 honorarium for the two-week artist in residence program

How to Apply:

Please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to with “ACNW Online Residence Application” in the subject line. Please submit 6-8 images of your work. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB. 

Deadline for submission is 4:00pm on Sunday, February 28, 2210. Proposals received by February 28, 2021 will be reviewed with preliminary decisions announced by March 15, 2021. Following that time, proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. All submissions will be juried by a panel of professional artists, educators, and administrators. Please note: All successful applicants will be required to be members of the Arts Council of New Westminster. 

Click below to download the Application Form

The Selection Process: 

A Jury Selection team will meet via ZOOM on March 1, 2021 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted or not.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone or email and we will outline your responsibilities and provide other details and dates. 

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