Open Calls

Next application period: Spring 2024

FIA releases a Call for Applications once every two years. 

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.

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 Call for Applications may close before the deadline if the number of submitted applications reaches 1000. An application is considered submitted when the applicant’s portion has been completed on SlideRoom (see below); reference letters will be accepted until the posted deadline. 

FIA is not able to provide feedback on individual applications.

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 will only be accepted from collaborative groups with a maximum of 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.

Residency Periods

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

February-April, April-June, July-September, September-November

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 the early deadline and $30 USD for applications submitted between the early deadline and final deadline. 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 next application deadline is Spring 2024.

When applying, 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.

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Selection Process
Candidates will be selected by the FIA Residency Selection Committee currently comprised of Monika Szewczyk, Kitty Scott, Willem de Rooij and Fabrizio Gallanti. The selectors will identify artists working in a variety of disciplines, geographies, ages, and points in their careers.

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