Artist Studio Residency Program Applications Now Open

Could a studio space at the historic Marshall McLuhan Residence inspire your next project? Arts Habitat is pleased to invite artists of all disciplines to apply for a new Artist Studio Residency Program in the historic Highlands neighbourhood. As the next Artist-in-Residence at McLuhan House, you have the opportunity to discover the potential of our garage studio as a creative incubator for art and ideas, embedded in Edmonton’s vibrant community of cultural workers and heritage lovers.


Deadline: May 21, 2023 at 11:59 PM

Individual artists and collaborative teams of all disciplines are encouraged to submit a self- directed project proposal for a one-year Artist Studio Residency Program beginning July 3, 2023. Arts Habitat is seeking submissions from regional artists to develop work-in-progress or produce new work, including, but not limited to art, craft, curatorial practice, design, new media, photography, sculpture, sound, video and writing. The Artist-in-Residence will have opportunity to engage with Arts Habitat staff and community, as well as visitors interested in the Artist-in-Residence’s experience at McLuhan House. Project proposals on themes relating to Marshall McLuhan are an asset. Areas of study may include: Media, Culture, Technology, Globalization and Language.

The Resident Artist will have private access to a 540 square foot garage studio space with an overhead garage door and electric opener, cupboards, workbench and a radiant gas heater. The shop has no running water, but the Artist-in-Residence has access the basement utility sink, main floor kitchen and washroom facilities inside the house*. As the studio is located in close proximity to private residences, the Artist-in-Residence is asked to refrain from making loud noise or other disturbances between 10 pm and 9 am. The studio and utilities are included in the residency at no cost to the artist. Artist fees, materials and supplies are not provided by Arts Habitat. Past recipients of the McLuhan Studio Program include Artist Collectives The Tennis Club and Black Girl Magic, as well as visual artists Lauren Crazybull, Amanda Chwelos, Aeris Osborne and, most recently, Breanna Barrington.


  • A proposal letter of 300 words or less including:
    • Brief statement and proposal description;
    • Previous experience engaging in artistic work with and around non-artists;
    • Examples of the candidate’s experience in producing public displays of their work.
  • Maximum 5 samples of previous work or up to 5 minutes of video in appropriate size and format
    • 72 dpi, no more than 1000 pixels in the long dimension, JPEG or PNG format, max 1MB;
    • Video should be compatible with QuickTime player or accessible via permanent web link;
    • Each filename must adhere to convention Lastname_Title_Medium_Dimensions_Year.JPG
  • Curriculum vitae, including name, telephone number, and email.
  • Please send an email with required materials by midnight on May 21, 2023 to Applications may also be physically mailed to Arts Habitat Edmonton at McLuhan House, attn. Raj Nigam, 11342 – 64 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5W 4H5.

The Selection Committee will consider artistic merit of works submitted, suitability of proposal and commitment to professional artistic practice. The panel of jurors will be made up of Arts Habitat staff and Board members.