Ottawa School of Art

The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) established an artist residency program during its 135th anniversary. The residency program is located solely in the ByWard Market campus in downtown Ottawa. OSA has opened its specialized studios there for ceramics, printmaking & sculpture for use by resident artists during the schools regular hours of operation. OSA will accept a maximum of 2 artists per studio at any time during the year. We suggest that the minimum residency time should be no less than 2 weeks. There is no official maximum length of time – this will be worked out with each resident artist.

OSA will provide:
•  Set periods of free studio time in the specialized studio of choice.
• Basic general studio supplies (e.g. acids and solvents in the print studio, etc.)
• Assistance to any resident artists (letters of support/invitation, etc.)
• Wireless internet access at OSA
• OSA will provide information on various forms of accommodations (e.g. self-catering apartments, university residences, etc.) and will negotiate reasonable rates for the artists.
• A reception and exhibition in the Lee Matasi Gallery of work done during the pilot project.
• A professional training session for resident artists offered by CARFAC
• Guest passes to the National Gallery of Canada and other national museums when possible

Residency Programme since: 2014
Description of Organisation: In 1879 by a group of prominent local citizens under the patronage of the Governor General, the Marquis of Lorne and his wife, the Princess Louise founded the Ottawa Art Association. The Association was determined to open as school of art and design in the capital. Classes began in April of 1880 with 18 students enrolled in the Ottawa Art School as it was then called. Over the next 100 years there were many changes and transitions to the school and its community, but the school survived and emerged from the war years as the Ottawa Municipal Art Centre. In 1976 the school was reorganized under its present name and in 1983 it moved into its present location in the By Ward Market district in Ottawa. In 2009 the school expanded with a second campus being added in the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans.
Organisation founded in: 1879
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Other
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: 3
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Music
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Ceramics facilities
  • Woodworking tools
  • Computer
  • Library
  • Office
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
If your residency does not include accommodation, do you assist artists in finding accommodation?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Ottawa International Aiport
    Nearest Train Station: Central Station, Ottawa
    How to reach by plane: Fly to Ottawa International Airport.
    How to reach by train: Via Rail from Montreal, Kingston or Toronto
    How to reach by car: Highway 40 West from Montreal. Highway 401 East from Toronto, then Highway 416 North.
    Street & Number: 35 George Street
    Postal Code: K1N 8W5
    City: Ottawa, Ontario
    Country long: Canada
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