Gros Morne National Park of Canada

Art in the Park

Apply for Residency

Program Information

  • The program provides an opportunity for professional visual artists to pursue their own work in a quiet setting of remarkable environmental interest and beauty.
  • Artists will be expected to participate weekly in the park’s public education and interpretation programs or similar community or school programs.
  • The artist may be asked to give media interviews, or to be photographed.
  • Each artist is expected to provide the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery with reproduction quality slides or JPEGs of finished works produced out of the residency, for a program record, information, and publicity purposes, including on the Parks Canada website.
  • Artists will be responsible for providing their own working materials.
  • Work must be carried out in a manner that respects park guidelines for preservation of the environment. Anyone wanting to work with materials from the environment, or to intervene in a particular site, should consult with park officials beforehand. Artists wishing to go into the backcountry must meet standard park requirements for backcountry use and provide their own equipment/supplies.
  • Residencies can range from a minimum of three weeks to a maximum of six weeks in blocks of time from May to October.
  • Two artists may make a joint application, each submitting visuals and other information, if they are prepared to share the honorarium and living/working space.
  • The program residence is outfitted to accommodate artists’ work and housing needs while in the park for the purpose of the residency. As this is a professional work opportunity, the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and Parks Canada do not allow family and friends to accompany artists on their sojourn in the park.

The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Support

  • C$1500 artist honorarium.
  • Management of application and selection process.
  • Exhibition/publication opportunities, pending funding.
  • The involvement of the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Support is supported through its Operation and Programming Assistance Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Artist’s residence in Woody Point
© Parks Canada

Parks Canada Support

  • Living accommodations/work space in Woody Point. A modestly furnished house (with phone, bedding and towels) and studio equipped with worktables, easel, lighting.
  • Contact with park staff and research scientists studying the park ecosystem—as opportunity allows, or by prior arrangement.
  • Advertising for public programs and logistical support for presentation (slide projector, screen, supplies, etc.).

Applications should include:

  • Current curriculum vitae, including exhibition record.
  • 10 to 15 slides or JPEGs (or other visual support material).
  • Short statement of interest and a description of work to be carried out during the residency. The applicant should also describe why he/she wishes to do the residency, and what particular perspective he/she will bring to the program.
  • Indication of public programs to be offered by the artist plus a preferred length of stay, and two choices of time frame between May and October.

Each year, four artists will be selected for residencies, and will receive honoraria. All applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of staff of the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and professional visual artists.

Mail/courier/deliver your application to:
The Rooms
Provincial Art Gallery Division
9 Bonaventure Ave
PO Box 1800
St. John’s, NL A1C 5P9
CANADA

For information about applying to the program:
jasonsellars@therooms.ca, or
The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery
Phone: (709) 757-8048
Fax: (709) 757-8070

(Applications sent by fax or email will not be accepted.)

The deadline for applications for the Gros Morne National Park residency is 15 December of each year for the following year.