Deadline: 15/02/2019

Application deadline at D´Arts et de rêves - visual art, litterature, circus

Residence for professional artists in visual arts, literature and circus arts

Description of residency program
Professional artists are invited to deposit their project for the next upcoming deadline: February 15 2019 for a residency stay in 2019.

The artists

  • The residence can accommodate two artists of two different disciplines at a time.

The location

  • City of Sutton in Québec, 10 km from Vermont, where culture and nature build on one another.
  • Culture
    • In the heart of a vibrant, diverse, and dynamic arts community: Sutton has the highest density of artists in Canada and includes art galleries, artists' studios, and a theater where shows and films can be enjoyed.
    • An environment where both French and English cultures merge to form today’s Québecois culture.
  • Nature
    • Magnificent mountainous area in the Eastern Townships
    • Winter and summer sports: skiing, hiking, biking...

Duration of residency
From two to six weeks 

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Visual arts, litterature and circus arts. The offer for circus art is now directed more to artists who want to work in the design of an act, to jugglers or to hand-to-hand artists. More comprehensive facilities for contemporary circus arts are still under development.


  • Renovated barn, dating from the last century, situated near a creek and at the entrance of a seven-acre cultural park being developed.
  • Within walking distance of the heart of Sutton
  • Daily bus service between Montreal and Sutton (Limocar Bus)
  • Designed to accommodate two artists at a time: two private rooms and common areas (bathroom, kitchen, dining room, and workspaces).
    • Internet access
    • Printer
    • Linens and towels provided at the beginning of stay
    • Washer and dryer
    • Parking
    • Bike

Studio/ workspace
Studio 14 x 13 ft (mostly for writers)

Heated workshop 9' 11 x 9' 7 ft (visual arts)

Workshop unheated ground floor 24 x 24 ft (visual arts)

Unheated workshop 2nd floor 24 x 30 ft (circus and visual arts)

Fees and support

  • Residence open year round
  • Length of stay: two to six weeks
  • Cost :
    • $275 for two weeks
    • $525 for four weeks
    • $650 for six weeks
  • Residence available for artists only. No overnight guests accepted. Lodging facilities (inns, B&Bs, hotels) available in Sutton for the artists’ guests. A list can be provided on request.
  • Supplies and meals are the artist’s responsibility.
  • Personnel work equipment, including a computer, is the artist’s responsibility.
  • The residence is a non-smoking environment.
  • A contract will be signed with the selected artists specifying the responsibilities of each party.

Expectations towards the artist

  • Be a professional artist as defined by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ ) and the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA).
  • Show interest in interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary research.
  • Provide a complete dossier (see below) which will be evaluated by a jury; two artists practicing different disciplines can present a joint dossier.
  • Be available for meetings and mediation with the public during the residency.

The responsibilities of the host organisation

  • Greet the artists upon their arrival, propose a city tour, and present the resources.
  • Facilitate the exchange and cooperation between the invited artists and the local artist community.
  • Organize meetings with the public.
  • Ensure cleanliness of the facilities at the beginning of each stay.

Application information

The dossier

It must be sent electronically only––and include the following:

  • Project submission form
  • Description of the proposed project (maximum three pages)
  • Artist approach (maximum one page)
  • Recent Curriculum Vitae (maximum three pages) and link to a website, if any
  • Visual or literary dossier
    (10 digital pictures / or videos–to be sent using medium resolution / or 10 pages of text extracts)
  • Press dossier and / or list of publications if any (maximum five pages)

Selection criteria

  • Quality of the artistic path
  • Innovative character of the project
  • Importance of the project in the artist's career
  • Artist’s openness to disciplines complementary to his or hers
  • Desire and ability of the artist to communicate with the public
  • Artist’s adherence to the organization's values

Selection process

  • Deposit dates for artists in 2019:

February 15 (for available dates in 2019 - see submission form on our web site)

May 15 (for available dates in 2019)

August 15 (for available dates in 2019 and all 2020)

November 15 (all dates in 2020)

  • A jury composed of artists in visual arts, literature, and contemporary circus arts selects the residency projects.
  • The jury meetings take place according to the deposit dates, a response is sent to you by email following this meeting.

Application deadline at D´Arts et de rêves - visual art, litterature, circus

Application deadline at D´Arts et de rêves - visual art, litterature, circus


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