The application period for our 2017 Pilot Residency has ended. Thank you to all who applied!

The Great Island Arts Co-operative (est. 2016) is a non-profit organization that facilitates a multi-disciplinary artist residency program on a remote island off the South Shore of Nova Scotia. We seek to create a community of artists who share skills and resources, learn from each other, and collectively empower one another in their creative practices. We seek to critically engage with our presence on unceded Mi’kmaq territory, and we encourage non-indigenous artists in residence to do the same.

We are now seeking artists for our summer 2017 pilot residency program! Please send us a proposal for 2-4 weeks of work (during the month of June) on a new or existing project. We welcome all types of art—visual, performance, sound, multimedia, literary, etc.

Great Island is a special place. There are 280 acres of undeveloped forest, beaches, rocky coastlines, and salt marsh, all of which are protected under a Nova Scotia Nature Trust conservation easement. A short, magical hike brings you to the island’s Atlantic Ocean coast. Artists are encouraged to engage with the wilderness in their projects, and will have a variety of indoor workspaces to choose from.

The island has no running water, relies on solar power for electricity, and does not have Wi-Fi. You can only reach the mainland by boat (a licensed operator will be on hand for the duration of the residency). Due to the location and terrain of the island, it is not physically accessible to people with all levels of mobility. The house has several flights of stairs, including four steps up to the main floor entrance.

We aim to offer funded residency positions in 2018, but we do not yet have funding available for artists participating in our 2017 pilot residency. However, we will gladly write letters of support on behalf of participating artists to funding agencies, and will provide transportation between the Halifax airport or train station (or anywhere in Halifax) and Great Island (by car and boat). Participating artists must cover the costs of their food for the duration of the residency; we will make sure you have the opportunity to shop for groceries locally as needed. Some staple items will be available.

We look forward to hearing about your project ideas! Please send your proposal, along with a brief cover letter and an artist CV, to:

Or by mail:

Great Island Arts Co-operative Ltd.
1 Great Island Water Access, PO Box 120
Port Medway, NS B0J 2T0

Submissions must be received by February 15, 2017 at midnight.