Short-term and long-term studio rental
All Artist Studio Program studios are currently occupied
During the 2019 to 2022 term, only applications for occasional studio vacancies will be reviewed
The Artist Studio Program is intended to foster professional development in the arts and expose the public to visual art through studio visits, exhibitions and events.
The Artist Studio Program is a unique venture that invites local and regional established and emerging artists within 150 km of Ottawa to apply.
The City of Ottawa supports cultural activity that is inclusive of Ottawa's diverse community, including people from diverse ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations. The City of Ottawa recognizes the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation as Ottawa’s Indigenous Host Nation. Applications from artists and representatives of diverse origins, First Nations, Inuit and Métis are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.
There are two types of Artist Studio Program studios
- Long-Term Studios - Twenty-two studios, each with three-year studio agreements; rental and liability insurance fees are required.
- Short-Term Studios - Two studios available annually, each with a one year agreement; liability insurance fee is required. All studios are Individual (not shared) studios
Project-based short-term studio spaces made available to
- Graduate or emerging artists, environmental artists, community-based artists, First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists, New Canadian artists
- Artists currently living within 150 km of Ottawa
The applicant must demonstrate:
- A record of exhibition, study, practice, mentorship or recognition by peers in the visual arts field
- Ability to work co-operatively with other studio residents and City staff
- Ability to work in a communal studio in occasional view of the public
- Responsibility for clean, efficient, safe and healthy studio operation
- Commitment to participate in visual arts programming
The Studio Program includes:
- the use of a visual arts studio
- opportunity to exhibit in the Artist Studio Program gallery
- participation in the annual Open House
- access to public parking
- must provide all their own materials and supplies
- must uphold City of Ottawa smoke free regulations
- may not use the studio as housing or accommodation
- may not use the studio as classrooms for private lessons.
- may not park in the Gamman or Gardener's House's driveway (loading zone only)
- may not use toxic art materials in their art studios
The artist is required to purchase liability insurance at the time of signing a short-term studio agreement or show proof of liability insurance ($2 million)
The City assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to any of the artist's property.
Artwork suitable for Artist Studio Program events and community interaction
The City of Ottawa Artist Studio Programs are located within buildings that are designed as "people places" where the general public are invited to visit. The artist, when participating in an exhibition or interacting with the public, is asked to keep in mind that the visual arts exhibition spaces or the Artist Studio Program may not be suitable venues for exhibiting all forms of artwork.
- Artists selected for studio terms will be engaged through “Artist Studio Program Agreements”.
- The artist may sell their artwork during their studio term therefore no CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiennes) fees will be paid to the artist. The artist is responsible for the sales transaction, the pickup and/or delivery of any artwork sold.
- During the exhibition term, all pieces of artwork are to remain on exhibition for the duration of the event.
- If artwork is sold during the Open House exhibition, the artist will is asked to pay a 15% commission on all sales to the Young at Art fund.
- The City of Ottawa is not involved in the sale of exhibition artwork.
- If during the term of an exhibition, the integrity of an artwork is put in question, then the Peer Assessment may put “selective viewing” in place.
Copyright and moral rights
Copyright of artworks shall remain the property of the artist. Moral rights shall remain with the artist. The City of Ottawa will seek copyright permission to reproduce the images for non-profit publicity purposes.
Confidentiality of information
Administrators and the Peer Assessment Committee are required to treat both the content of submissions and the deliberations of the Peer Assessment Committee as confidential. Information provided by the applicant may be available to City of Ottawa staff, committees, and members of the Peer Assessment Committee. Personal information contained therein shall be dealt with on a confidential basis pursuant to the Municipal Freedom and Protection Privacy Act.
All eligible applications are reviewed by a peer assessment committee. Peer Assessment committee members are chosen based on their knowledge and experience, fair and objective opinions, ability to articulate ideas, and ability to work in a team environment. Members of the Peer Assessment change for every program.
The decisions of the Peer Assessment on all matters pertaining to the assessment of artwork related to Artist Studio Program studio application shall be final.
Deadline and notification
Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
- Successful studio applicants will be notified by e-mail within one month of the Peer Assessment Committee’s selection.
- Dates of Studio terms are subject to revision under certain circumstances determined by City staff.
- Submission feedback will not be provided.
- If you are not selected for the 2019 ASP Program term you are encouraged to apply during a future term.
Application and selection process
- Artwork in all media will be considered; however, due to studio size and insurance constraints, large-scale art practices such as sculpture, pottery and similar activities cannot be accommodated by these studios. Only-non toxic art materials can be used.
- It is recommended that the images submitted reflect work that has been completed in the last two years and be representative of the intended direction of the artist's studio practice.
- All submissions must include 6 good quality images of recent artwork. These images must be submitted as digital JPEG images (72 ppi). The Peer Assessment Committee will not review any other format of images.
Note that the digital support material you provide to us will be viewed by means of an LCD projection system during the peer assessment committee selection.
- Use the Image List Template to properly label your images as follows: First and last name, followed by title of work, and year of creation (most recent artwork first
(Example: Firstname_Lastname_Title_Year; Julia_Smith_TheGrey_2015.)
- ASP will NOT accept materials that require software, plug-ins, extensions or other executables that need to be downloaded or installed
- ASP will NOT accept images that are imbedded in any type of presentation, such as PowerPoint, websites or Word
- Material sent for Artist Studio Program Selection submissions will not be returned.
- Artists’ submissions that do not correspond to the preceding guidelines will not be considered.
- You are responsible for testing your submission materials to ensure readability.
When you press the Submit button on the application form your curriculum vitae, the application form, image list and images will be sent to CGC@ottawa.ca
Mail or Drop off USB or disc to:
Artist Studio Program
Nepean Creative Arts Centre
35 Stafford Road, Unit 11
Ottawa, ON K2H 8V8
If you have any questions please contact:
Penelope Kokkinos, Arts Programmer
306 Cyr Avenue, Vanier
104 Greenview Avenue, Britannia Beach
35 Stafford Road, Bells Corners
3131 Jockvale Road, Barrhaven