Applications period: February 24 to March 23, 2020 

Residency periods: Spring/Fall 2021; Spring/Fall 2022

Fogo Island Arts is seeking applications for its international residency program from artists working in a wide range of disciplines. Residencies will take place in 2021 and 2022.


Fogo Island Arts residencies provide opportunities for artists to live and work on Fogo Island, Newfoundland for six to eight weeks. Artists-in-residence are provided with accommodation and studio space, a vehicle for on-island use, and a weekly stipend to offset the costs of materials and day-to-day living expenses. Most travel expenses are also covered. Artists-in-residence must give one public presentation, performance, workshop, or similar event during their residency.

FIA residencies are intended for professional contemporary artists with specialized training, recognition among their peers, and a history of public presentation of their work in a professional context. 

Application Criteria
Applications are welcome from Canadian and international contemporary artists working in a wide range of disciplines including visual art, film, arts writing, music/sound, curating, design and theory.

Applications should consider the unique circumstances under which Fogo Island Arts carries out its programs. Applicants should also keep in mind that this residency takes place on a remote island with limited amenities.

Due to the limited size of FIA studios and houses, applications are accepted from collaborative groups with more no more than two members. All residency costs (travel budget, stipend, etc.) will be shared between members.

Successful candidates should have a valid driver’s license and will be responsible for acquiring the necessary visa if coming from a foreign country.

The residencies will take place for six to eight weeks during the periods specified below.

Please Note
Due to the high volume of response in previous Calls for Applications, FIA will be accepting a maximum of 1000 applications, from which six artists-in-residence will be selected. The 2021-22 Call for Applications may close before the deadline of March 23, 2020 if the number of submitted applications reaches 1000. An application is considered submitted when the applicant’s portion has been completed on SlideRoom; reference letters will be accepted until March 23, 2020.

FIA is not able to provide feedback on individual applications.

FIA releases a Call for Applications once every two years. For further information on FIA residencies please read our FAQs.

For information on the previous Call for Applications and selection process, please read A Note on the Open Call.

Residency Periods
Successful candidates will work with FIA staff to determine a six- to eight-week residency within the following periods:

April 1 to June 15, 2021
September 1 to November 15, 2021
April 1 to June 15, 2022
September 1 to November 15, 2022

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted using the SlideRoom online portal. Step-by-step application instructions are available on the portal. There is a non-refundable administration fee which must be paid through SlideRoom. The fee is $20 USD for applications submitted by March 9 and $30 USD for applications submitted between March 9 and March 23. The fee goes towards costs associated with administrating the Call for Applications, including use of the Slideroom platform, and honoraria for members of the jury. Applicants will receive a confirmation email once their application has been completed.

Applicants will be asked to complete:

  • Application form
  • Project proposal and a brief description of their practice (500 words maximum)
  • Short biography (150 words maximum)
  • Detailed curriculum vitae (4 pages maximum)
  • One reference letter from a professional in their field. The referee should outline why the applicant should participate in a residency with Fogo Island Arts. In the SlideRoom portal, applicants will be asked to provide the name and contact information of a referee. They will receive an email asking them to upload their letter of recommendation directly to SlideRoom
  • The name and contact information of one additional referee (no letter required)

And, where relevant provide 1-15 samples of work:

  • Maximum 10 images (up to 5MB each) in JPEG format, with relevant caption information included
  • Maximum 2 videos (up to 250MB each) or 2 links to video for film related submissions
  • 3 samples of published writing (up to 10 pages total)

The application deadline is March 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Should you have any issues with the SlideRoom online portal, please contact Slideroom.

If you have questions regarding FIA’s international residency program, please see the FAQs.

If your question is not addressed there, please contact us at [email protected].

Selection Process
Six candidates will be selected by a jury which includes FIA Advisory Board members Eleanor Dawson, Katy Graham Debost, Fabrizio Gallanti, Elisa Nuyten, Silke Otto-Knapp, and Monika Szewczyk; as well as FIA Director of Programs and Exhibitions Alexandra McIntosh; and FIA Strategic Director Nicolaus Schafhausen as jury chair.

Applicants will be notified of their status by July 1, 2020.

Image: Community of Tilting, Fogo Island, Newfoundland. Photo by Steffen Jagenburg.