Artist in Residence program now accepting applications

February 22, 2021

The Artist in Residence program is gearing up for another year. The City is seeking an artist or artist collective for a 10-week residency to create a work of art that addresses the topic of social inclusion and engages with the local community. Artists of all disciplines including visual arts, digital or electronic arts, performance art or the written word are welcome to apply. Interested applicants can submit their expression of interest between March 2 and March 29. 

“After a successful inaugural year, we are looking forward to another engaging and creative process for 2021,” says Christine McWillis, Cultural Services Manager. “Despite the pandemic, our Artist in Residence added a vibrant and engaging twist to our very relevant 2020 concept of space and connectivity. We are excited to see what artists will propose for the 2021 theme of social inclusion.”  

Interested artists or artist collectives can learn more about the program and application process at one of two upcoming virtual information sessions

  • Tuesday, March 2, 12 - 1:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, March 4, 5 - 6:30 p.m. 

The information sessions are free, but registration is required. 

Melany Nugent-Noble was selected as the City’s first ever Artist in Residence in 2020 and completed her project, When it is necessary to stand still, which included the development of a series of 25 beacons that change colour and become brighter when they are closer together and dimmer when they are further apart. 

“This residency provided an opportunity to engage with the topic of social inclusion and innovation in the community,” said Nugent-Noble. “It was an incredible platform to develop and share my work and research and has provided new avenues for it to grow in 2021.” 

Applications are open to anyone living in the Central Okanagan for more than one year. However, the selected artist or artist collective will be required to execute their project in Kelowna. This Artist in Residence opportunity is not a live-in residency. The exact nature of the community engagement and artwork being created will be dependent on the artist’s discipline.  

The selection process will occur in two phases, with a limited number of artists chosen to advance to Phase 2. The artists advancing to Phase 2 will receive a $500 honorarium for the additional work to prepare a detailed project proposal and budget. 

The deadline for submission of the Expression of Interest is March 29. Those selected to advance to Phase 2 will receive email confirmation by April 7. 

To apply or to learn more, visit