The application period is now closed. Many thanks to everyone who applied! We will announce our 2019 artists-in-residence following the deliberations of the selection committee in early March.

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 ancestral and unceded traditional Mi’kmaw territory, and we encourage non-indigenous artists in residence to do the same.

We will have two sessions in 2019: the first from Saturday, June 1st through Friday, June 14th, and the second from Saturday, June 22nd through Friday, July 5th. Please indicate which session(s) work for you in your application. We are seeking proposals from individual artists or groups of two artists working in any medium (including but not limited to visual arts, performing arts, creative writing, film, 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 can choose from a variety of indoor workspaces.

The island has no running water and relies on solar power for electricity. Wi-Fi access is available upon request. 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, physical accessibility (by boat and wooded trails) may be restrictive or impossible for some. The house itself has several flights of stairs, including five steps up to the main floor entrance. Please contact us at if you have any further questions.

We are pleased to offer a $250 honorarium to each successful applicant. In addition, some of our past artists-in-residence have successfully applied for travel grants and other funding from various sources. We strongly encourage successful applicants to apply for grants; we will gladly write letters of support for you. We also provide transportation between 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 provide the opportunity to shop for groceries locally. Some staple items will be available.

Please send the following to

  • a proposal / letter of intent, indicating if you prefer the first or second session
  • an artist CV
  • samples of past work in the medium that you would like to use during the residency, for example:
    • 10-20 images
    • 4-7 audio tracks (provide a link)
    • video of performances (provide a link; maximum 10 minutes)
    • 3-5 writing samples

In addition, you may provide a link to your website (if you have one).

Applications are accepted in English or French; if translation into English is possible, that is preferred. Successful applicants will provide examples of work that is relevant and related to or in the same medium as the proposed project.

Submissions must be received by Friday, February 15, 2019 at midnight.

Artists-in-residence will be selected by a peer review committee made up of previous artists-in-residence and chaired by a Great Island Arts Co-op board member.

We look forward to hearing from you!