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Call for Applications: BIPOC Ceramic, Glass & Enamel Arts Residency

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is excited to re-launch our artist-in-residence program with a focus on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) emerging artists with the support of TD Bank Group. The BIPOC Ceramic, Glass & Enamel Arts Residency will enable two self-identified BIPOC emerging artists to undertake a fully funded 8-week residency at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery in Waterloo, Ontario each year. Residents will be equipped with a working studio space, an honorarium, materials, and mentorship as they complete a body of work. Artists-in-residence will also engage the local community through public programs at the Gallery and produce digital content to be shared across the country.

Artists are eligible to work in ceramics, fused glass, stained glass, or vitreous enamel. Artists must work in the studio 35 hours per week for a period of 8 weeks. One residency will be offered Fall 2023 (roughly October-December) and one residency in Winter 2024 (roughly February-April). Each selected resident will receive an honorarium of $6,500 for travel and living expenses and will have access to a budget of $500 for materials and specialized tools. During the residency, the selected artist will be expected to spend approximately 10 hours per week supporting the Gallery through studio operations, workshops, and other relevant duties. Following completion of the residency, the artist’s work may be presented in a public display at the Gallery or offered for sale in the Gallery Shop and Shop Online (standard consignment agreement applies).


Applications must be received no later than August 31, 2023.


To apply for the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery Glass Art Residency, you must be a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Resident Status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You must self-identify as a BIPOC artist. You must also meet our definition of an emerging professional artist, which is an artist who:

  • Is in the early stages of their career in their art form, usually within the first 10 years
  • Has developed skills through training and/or practice in the field
  • Has a body of work that incorporates a public presence and peer recognition; and
  • Seeks payment for their work and has an active and engaged practice

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is committed to equity and diversity. We encourage applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of our audience and who are typically underrepresented in institutional settings, including artists of colour, Indigenous artists, deaf artists, artists with disabilities, and LGBTQ2S+ artists and ask that they self-identify in their applications.


Applications must be received through our online submission portal no later than August 31, 2023.


If you have any questions or require assistance with the application, contact Peter Flannery, Curator & Collections Manager, at or 519-746-1882 ext. 235.

This program is generously supported
by TD Bank Group

Previous Residencies

In 2021-2022, the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery offered an artist residency program in ceramics and glass with the generous support of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. This series of residencies was a successful pilot project to support emerging Canadian artists working in clay, glass, and enamel. Artists worked on-site at the gallery creating new pieces, researching their practice, and supporting gallery programs.

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Previous Resident Artists