Virtual Artist in Residence


October 19 – November 23, 2021

Richmond Hill Public Library (RHPL) invites professional visual artists to apply for our Virtual Artist in Residence program. Artists are invited to share their skills and artistic vision with the Richmond Hill community. Applications must be submitted by Sept. 17, 2021. 

The Virtual Artist in Residence program will:

  • Create new work opportunities for artists
  • Create collaborative opportunities for artists and the Library
  • Explore the role that public libraries can play in the artistic process
  • Connect with the community to co-create new programming


Admission to the Virtual Artist in Residence program is by application only. Please submit your letter of intent, resume, and 5-10 digital files or links to your recent artistic work to, using the subject line ‘Artist in Residence Application 2021’.

Image requirements:

  • In .jpg file format only
  • A maximum of 1 MB file size each
  • A maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 at 75 PPI
  • Named using a “LastName_FirstName_01.jpg” format (e.g., Smith_John_01.jpg), with numbers (01, 02, 03, etc.) corresponding directly to your image script. In the image script, please provide title, medium, dimensions, and date for each image.

In your letter of intent, please describe the following:

  • Tell us about your art (What is your medium? What is your artistic philosophy?)
  • Tell us about your virtual facilitation experience (What workshops have you led? Do you have experience working with different age groups?)
  • What is your project? (How will you feature RHPL resources? How will you engage the public virtually? What workshop ideas do you have? Please give titles and brief descriptions. In 2021, the Virtual Artist in Residence will teach 6 one-off group workshops for adults, 18+)


  • Applications must be received before Sept. 17, 2021. 
  • Applications will be reviewed between Sept. 17-22
  • The residency will take place from Oct.18 to Nov. 26., with 6 one-off group workshops (20 adults, 18+) on Tuesday nights.
  • Minimum 6 hours of workshops, not including preparation time. Programming schedule will be developed in conjunction with library staff.


The Virtual Artist in Residence program is open to emerging, mid-career, and established professional artists, as defined by the Toronto Arts Council:

A professional artist is someone who has developed their skills through training and/or practice; is recognized as such by artists working in the same artistic tradition; actively practices his or her art; seeks payment for his/her work; and has a history of public presentation.

The artist must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, aged 18 years or older. Preference will be given to residents of York Region.


RHPL will provide the total sum of $2,000 for the residency period, including, artist fees, HST, all materials, and any other project expenses incurred by the applicant.