Artist in Residence program

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What is the Artist in Residence program? 

The introduction of an Artist in Residence program in Kelowna is intended to broaden the community’s experience with arts and culture and stimulate thoughtful conversation on local topics. The program aligns with 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”.

This is a pilot-program approved for three years, launching in 2020. Each year, the selection panel will choose one artist or collective to be contracted as the City's Artist in Residence. The selected artist/collective will carry out their proposed project to create a work of art and engage members of our community in the context of arts and culture. The artist/collective must also address the selected local topic through the community engagement and work of art. In 2020, the local topic is social inclusion.

For more information, view the complete Artist in Residence program guidelines

The 2020 Artist in Residence

We are pleased to announce that Melany Nugent-Noble and her project, When it is time to stand still has been selected as the 2020 Artist in Residence. 

The Project

Nugent-Noble will be presenting her project When it is time to stand still over a 12 week period from July 7-September 30th. The project will include 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 3-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, Canada. 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.

Selection Process

In 2020, we sought applications from emerging and established artists of all mediums and practices.
Interested applicants can submit an Expression of Interest form to apply to be the City of Kelowna’s Resident Artist.
This is the first year of the program and would involve the artist:

  • engaging with the community in the context of arts and culture;
  • creating a work of art for the City of Kelowna;
  • addressing, in some manner, the topic of social inclusion through the community engagement and the work of art

The selection process will occur in two phases, with a limited number of artists chosen to advance to Phase 2. 

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.

Phase 1: Artist in Residence - Expression of Interest Deadline: March 29, 2020   |   11:59p.m. PST


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.

Phase 2: Project Proposal Deadline: May 1, 2020   |   11:59p.m. PST

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 3-day period.


What type of artist(s) are we seeking?

For the purposes of this program, “the artist” may be: 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 Kelowna or surrounding areas 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. A few things to note with collectives:

  • Each artist must still fill out and submit their own Expression of Interest form (except for the project description component; 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 who will be selected to advance to Phase 2 will be contacted. Those advancing to Phase 2 will be notified on or before April 6.

Where will the Artist be living?

This is not a live-in residency. The artist will be responsible for their own accomodations during the time of the residency. 

Where will the Artist be working?

The location of the artist, the community engagement and the works created will be dependant 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.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

To speak with someone directly regarding the Artist in Residence Program, please contact the Cultural Services Branch.