Artist in Residence program

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Artist in Residence program guidelines

We introduced our Artist in Residence program in 2020 to broaden the community’s experience with arts and cultureand stimulate thoughtful conversation on local topics. 

The Artist in Residence will:  

  • Engage with the community in the context of arts and culture 
  • Create a work of art for the City of Kelowna 
  • Addressin some manner, the topic of social inclusion through community engagement and the work of art 

The program aligns with our Council’s priorities of animating parks and public spaces and increasing social inclusiveness, while also supporting a number of goals outlined in the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan including "share our story” and "broaden the reach. 

For more information, please contact the Cultural Services Branch at250-470-0640 or 

Introducing our 2020 Artist in Residence

We're pleased to announce that Melany Nugent-Noble has been selected as the 2020 Artist in Residence. Her project is called When it is time to stand still.

Get involved with Melany's project

The project

Nugent-Noble will be presenting her project When it is time to stand still over a 12-week period from July 7 to Sept. 30. The project will include the building and programming of 25 distance-detecting, light beacons. The beacons change in intensity and colour as they detect other beacons moving around them. Kelowna residents are invited to sign-up to take the beacon with them as they move throughout the community for a three-day period.

To learn more about the project and sign-up to participate, visit the project website.

The artist

Melany Nugent-Noble is a Canadian artist currently based out of Kelowna. Nugent-Noble’s research and practice regularly engages with the political nature of public spaces, texts and speeches, and takes various forms including installation, art books and performance. 

To learn more about Nugent-Noble's practice, visit her website.

Application Process

Emerging and established artists from the Central Okanagan of all mediums and practices can submit an expression of interest form to apply to be the City of Kelowna’s Resident Artist. The selection process occurs in two phases, with a limited number of artists chosen to advance to Phase 2.  

Please note that the Artist in Residence has been selected for 2020. 

Phase 1: Expression of interest

Phase 1 of the program is the evaluation of the artist and their suitability for the program. It also gives the applicant a chance to briefly give an overview of their potential project. Expressions of interest forms are assessed based on the information submitted by the artist. Applicants should include information that demonstrates their ability to meet the assessment criteria.


For more information on assessment criteria, view the program guidelines.

Phase 2: Project proposal

Phase 2 is only open to artists selected to advance and will be an evaluation of their projects and demonstration of a feasible plan to complete the project. The interview during this phase will serve as an additional assessment of the artist and the proposed project. All artists or artist collectives invited into Phase 2 will receive an honorarium of $500.If applying as an artist collective, the collective will receive an honorarium of $500 in total.

For more information on assessment criteria, view the program guidelines.

Artist in Residence timeline

Frequently Asked Questions
How can I participate in the program as a community member?

Through the 2020 residency, Kelowna residents are invited to sign-up to take the beacon with them as they move throughout the community for a three-day period.


What type of artist(s) are we seeking?

An artist or collective of artists working in interdisciplinary art, social practice art, digital or electronic art, installation, visual art (photography, film and video, painting, print-making, drawing, sculpture, crafting), performance arts (theatre, dance, etc.), music (creation, production, performance) or writing. 

Do I need to live in Kelowna to apply?

Applications are open to anyone living in the Central Okanagan for more than one year. However, the selected artist or artistic group will be required to work in Kelowna for the duration of the project.  

Can I apply as a team of artists?

Yes, you may apply as a collective of artists. There are a few points to keep in mind:  

  • Each artist must still fill out and submit their own expression of interest form (except for the project description component, as only one is needed per collective) 
  • Artist collectives advancing to Phase 2 will receive an honorarium totalling $500, not $500 per artist 
When will I hear back about my expression of interest form?

Only those selected to advance to Phase 2 will be contacted. 

Where will the artist be living?

This is not a live-in residency. The artist selected will receive $12,000, inclusive of any fees or taxes.  

Where will the artist be working?

The artist will be working within the city of Kelowna. The exact location of the artist, the community engagement and the works created will be dependent on the nature of the project. Cultural Services staff will be available to support the selected artist in finding a location suitable for their project.