Visiting Artist Program

Amery Sandford (VAP 2018) grinding a stone, photo by Dee Ramadan (@dee_ramadan)

Local Artist Residency Spring 2021
Call for Submissions

Call opens: Friday, April 2, 2021

Deadline: Friday, April 23, 2021

Notification of results: April 30, 2021 (or earlier). All applicants will be notified of the outcome. 

Spots Available: 2

How To Apply:

St. Michael’s Printshop (SMP) accepts applications to our Local Artist Residency in multiple formats. Our preference is for artists to apply with the google form. Proposals can also be emailed to SMP in writing, or pitched to SMP in the form of a zoom interview, which will be recorded for the jury. 

*A condition/required component of the residency will be to facilitate a workshop. Successful applicants will develop a workshop in consultation with SMP staff to identify topics/programming that highlights the applicant’s strengths and best serves the community.

Option #1 

Written Application: Fill out the google form, and follow instructions on how to submit your support material. (this includes an Artist statement, Project proposal, documentation and Slide list.)

*If you do not have a gmail (to access the google form) please download the application form (link) and email us your written response (email:

Option #2

To schedule a Zoom pitch: 

Contact SMP Executive Director Christeen Francis, at to schedule a date/time for a 15-minute pitch of your ideas no later than April 23rd, 2021. 

  • Please fill out this online form by the deadline. 

Application Questions/Prompts:

*indicates required 

  1. A detailed project proposal* (300 max, approx. 150 words per question) that includes the following:
    • a. What are the themes/ideas/interests you wish to explore during your residency?
    • b. What are the processes/techniques you wish to use during your residency?
  1. Artist Statement (200 max, approx. 100 words per question)
    • a. What are the general themes/ideas/interests that you explore in your practice beyond the scope of the residency? 
    • b. What are the overarching goal/s of your artistic practice and how do you work towards them?
  1. Are there any accessibility requirements that SMP should be made aware of? (approx. 100 word, optional)
    • Note: SMP has several physical accessibility barriers. The shop is located on the second floor of an old building without an elevator. If SMP can make adjustments to our space to make it more accessible and inclusive please let us know here. 


This program offers local and provincial artists the opportunity to work on and develop ideas in a professional printmaking facility for one month. In order to qualify, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

Must be a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador, and be willing to relocate to St John’s for the one month residency. 

Conditions of the Residency

The residency recipient agrees to:

  • Donate two prints from each edition* printed during the residency to St. Michael’s Printshop. One of these prints will be retained in the printshop’s archives, the other is used for fundraising purposes.

* We appreciate that not all contemporary print practices conform to traditional editions and in such instances, we can work out alternative arrangements.

Benefits of Scholarship

  • Free membership and rent-free 24-hour access to the Printshop for a 4 week period
  • $1,000 Artist Fee
  • up to $500 stipend for travel if the artist needs to relocate/travel to be in St. John’s for the duration of residency (receipts will be required)

SMP Staff and the Programming Committee are committed to working with the successful applicant to support them to address their individual needs during the duration of the residency.


If you have questions that aren’t answered here, feel free to contact St. Michael’s Printshop (email: We will do our best to reply to all queries, but keep in mind that as the deadline approaches we may not have time to get back to you. 

Jury process and considerations:

Jurying is done by the Programming Committee, which is made up of artists at different stages of their careers. We understand that the applicants come from diverse backgrounds and have different experience and skill levels in writing proposals as well as developing their work, and we take that into account in our consideration.

The jury considers these aspects of the applications: 

  • Clarity of ideas
  • Image documentation
    • Please send us clear, well lit images of your work. Include strong pieces of previous work. 
    • These do not necessarily have to relate to the proposed project, but they should highlight potential. 
    • You may also include sketches and works in progress related to the proposed project.

Studio Expectations:

  • The Local Artist in Residence is required to familiarize themselves with the studio guidelines and to complete a mandatory studio orientation 
  • The Local Artist in Residence must be able to work independently
  • All artists are responsible for obtaining and using the personal safety equipment needed for the proper handling of materials (gloves, respirators, etc.)
  • The behaviour of artists must be in compliance with establishing a safe and supportive working environment (Code of Conduct link)
  • St. Michael’s provides black and white inks, rags, solvents and chemistries to all studio users.
  • Artists are responsible for their own plates, paper, coloured inks, drawing materials etc.

Visiting Artist Program

Deadline End of August Yearly

Conditions of the residency

  • The one-month residency must be completed during the period of April 1st, 2021 to November 30, 2021
  • Two prints from each edition printed during the residency must be provided to St. Michael’s Printshop.
  • One of these prints will be retained in the Printshop’s Archives, the other is used for fundraising purposes.
  • During the residency, the artist will be asked to give a workshop for the membership of the Printshop.

Criteria used by juries

The Printshop Programming Committee is instructed to look for emerging as well as experienced artists. The jury has three large considerations when reviewing applications: artistic merit, feasibility, and assessing the benefit of the residency to the artist as well as the benefit to the St. John’s/NL community. While basic technical help is available from staff, artists must show competency in their chosen medium to be considered. Workshop proposals are important, but should not be too elaborate or take more than two evenings or one day from the residency.

While residencies in other arts facilities often ask the artist to demonstrate a geographic-based justification for their residencies, proposals for residencies at St. Michael’s Printshop do not need to be linked to Newfoundland, Labrador or St. John’s. We are more interested in that the artists have a clear plan that they can accomplish in one month.


  • $1,000 Residency Fee for artists who reside in St. John’s, NL and surrounding area
  • $1,500 Residency Fee for artists who reside outside St. John’s, NL and surrounding area
  • 24-hour access to all facilities at the Printshop

St. Michael’s provides basic chemicals and solvents, newsprint, rags and black and white inks only. We do not provide coloured inks or personal consumables (sandpaper etc.). Please contact us for a full inventory of what is provided. A basic selection of papers, wiping fabrics and litho drawing materials are available for purchase at the printshop.

*International artists should note that materials may be considerably more expensive here, so it is recommended that materials be brought with you. These may include paper, and coloured printing inks. Because of our isolated location, ordering materials may take up to several weeks.*

2021 Submission Guidelines

The 2021 call for submissions closed on September 15th, 2020. These guidelines will likely be slightly updated by our Programming Committee when we begin accepting applications next year, but these can still be used to start a new application. We will put out next year’s call for submissions in late July/early August.

Each year St. Michael’s Printshop invites applications from international, national and provincial artists who wish to come and work at the Printshop for a one-month period. A total of six residencies are offered during the year between April – November.

In order to be considered for the Visiting Artist program, interested artists must submit the following:

The following support materials are part of the online application form, we recommend compiling and editing this information in a word processor and then copying and pasting into the form fields when you are ready to submit everything.

  • Artist Bio (150 words max)
  • Summary (75 words max) – please provide a clear and concise overview of your project
  •  A detailed project proposal (250 words max) that includes the following:
    • A project description explaining what you plan to make and the creative direction or goals you have for the project
    • Print medium(s) and materials you intend to work with
    • Significance to your creative practice/career – how this project will support your development as an artist
    • How you propose to engage with the SMP and NL arts communities
  •  Artist Statement (250 words max)
  • 1-2 workshop proposals (250 words max)
    • preferably beginner-friendly workshops
  • Artist’s CV (3 pages max) – an updated resume that confirms a professional arts practice. Please include contact information: email, phone number, address, province of residence
  • Image list (include title, medium, size, year made)
  • 12 Support images maximum
    • Image Submission Requirements:
    • Up to 12 support images maximum, each file formatted at 72dpi, 1mb each, jpeg format
    • please label your files numerically to correspond with your image list and use the following format: 00_Lastname_Title_year
  • For video support materials include a separate PDF with a video link
    • Clips can be no longer than 5 minutes max
    • specify the start/end times for the clip you’d like watched
    • Video links will count as one of your support images

To Submit

Completed application submitted via an official SMP Visiting Artist Program Google Form which is posted in the period when the call is initially advertised (usually in late July to late August or early September each year).


All submissions will be juried by the SMP programming committee and notifications will be sent out within 8 weeks of the deadline.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome.

Recent Visiting Artists


Jordan Blackburn, Ontario
Katie Marie Bruce, Alberta
Joy Wong, Ontario
Pepa Chan, Newfoundland
Mitch Mitchell, Quebec


Anita Singh, Newfoundland
Eric Euler, Ontario
Michelle LaSalle, Quebec
Morgan Wedderspoon, Alberta
Angela Sneider, Alberta
Amery Sandford, Quebec
Emily Critch, Newfoundland


Jason Wells, Newfoundland
Andrew Testa, Newfoundland
Jennifer Scheuer, New York
Sonya Filman, Ontario
Laura Watson, New Brunswick
Mike Connolly (technical residency), Newfoundland


Emma Nishimura, Ontario
Jill Ho-You, Alberta
Mark Bovey, Nova Scotia
Lisa Neighbour, Ontario
Kaylea Reeve, British Columbia
Alexa Hatanaka, Nunavut
Jeanette Johns, Quebec


Kristen Bartel, United States
Amanda Damsma, Ontario
Virginia Mitford, the Yukon
Joe Fowler, Newfoundland
Steve Evans, Newfoundland


April White, Newfoundland
Ebonnie Hollenbeck, Ontario
Kelsey Stephenson, United States
Stephanie De Couto Costa, Quebec
Catherine Farish, Quebec
Andrea Cooper, Newfoundland

Audrey Hurd, Newfoundland
Ericka Walker, Nova Scotia
Robyn Anderson, Newfoundland
Anna McIntyre, Quebec
Jude Valentine, Maine

Sarah Gordon, Ireland
Raluca Iancu, Quebec
Karen Cornelius, Manitoba
Jennifer Morgan, Newfoundland
Christine Koch, Newfoundland
Nathalie Vanderveken, Quebec

Philippa Jones, Newfoundland
Sylvia Bendzsa, Newfoundland
Tara Bryan, Newfoundland
Margo Ray, Hawaii USA
Wendy Tokaryk, Alberta
Marie Andree Gilbert, Quebec

Scott Goudie, Newfoundland
Jonathan Green, Newfoundland
Jesse Brennan, England
Daryl Vocat, Ontario
Abigail Rorer, Maine USA
Rodney Konapaki/Rhonda Neufeld, British Columbia

Shane Dwyer, Newfoundland
Jacques Arseneault, New Brunswick
Laura Peturson, Ontario
Jack Botsford, Newfoundland
Veselina Tomova, Newfoundland
Nicky Neate, UK

Michelle Bush, Newfoundland
Corrine Coleman, Newfoundland
Jerry Ropson, Quebec
Gemma Anderson- UK
Colin Lyons, Quebec
Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo, Quebec