Impressions Artist Residency


December 13 2023


Specific program


Résidence Empreintes

For two months, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) will open its doors and holdings to a visual artist from Montreal's cultural diversity to carry out an artistic project.

Impressions Artist Residency

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Who is eligible to apply?

This residency is intended for individual artists from one of Montréal’s cultural communities.

What are the program objectives?

The Impressions Artist Residency promotes intersectional dialogue by allowing the artist to draw inspiration from the Museum’s collection to carry out a research and creation project. The MMFA is home to the largest and most wide-ranging collection in Canada, with over 45,000 works, 3,465 of which are on display in its five pavilions. The artist in residence will bring forth an original perspective on this rich and varied collection.

The purpose of this initiative is to support original proposals that provide an opportunity to foster mutually beneficial relationships in the arts and culture community.


What type of assistance is provided?

The artist in residence will receive $7,000: a $4,000 honorarium and an allowance of $3,000 ($375 per week for eight weeks). The residency will afford the artist the opportunity to conduct research that will serve as the foundation for creating works in the weeks that follow.

What is the duration of the support?

The support will last eight weeks.

What do the partners provide?

This project is a partnership between the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

The MMFA will:

  • provide the artist with a work environment conducive to producing and presenting their work
  • propose meetings with an MMFA curator that will allow the artist to explore the museum’s collections, talk about their artistic approach, discuss their current research and create networking opportunities with the museum community during exhibitions and tours
  • support the artist throughout the residency


What are the general eligibility criteria?
  • Be a professional visual artist (painting, sculpture, video art, installation, photography, etc.)
  • Be a member of a cultural community or visible minority group
  • Have less than seven years of professional practice in Quebec
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Have resided on the Island of Montréal for at least one year
Who is ineligible to apply?
  • MMFA or Conseil employees (or any close family members)
  • Artists whose works are already part of the MMFA’s collection
When must the project be carried out?

The eight-week residency will take place in March and April 2024.

How many applications will be accepted?

Only one application will be accepted every year.

Questions about certain terms?

Consult our glossary


How can I submit an application?

Visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts website to learn more and apply.


How are applications evaluated?

Applications will be evaluated by a jury of peers from the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the MMFA.

What are the evaluation criteria?

The selection criteria are as follows:

  • originality of the artistic approach
  • flexibility and ability to work independently
  • awareness of the historical and artistic context of the works in the MMFA’s collection
  • positive impact of the project on the applicant’s career, expansion of the Museum’s audiences and the MMFA’s collections


How will the grant be paid?

The grant offered by the Conseil will be paid through the MMFA.



Accepting payment of the grant constitutes, for the artist, an undertaking to complete the activities covered by the grant and to comply with the accompanying conditions, which will be communicated upon selection of the application.

Artists agree to:

  • carry out the proposed project as planned
  • notify the Conseil as soon as possible if unable to carry out the project in the fiscal year for which the grant was awarded. Depending on the situation, a full or partial refund may be requested
  • if requested, submit activity reports and financial statements at the required times
  • if applicable, include in the report photographs, videos or any other relevant, royalty-free visuals that the Conseil may use for promotional or archival purposes

Visibility Standards and Logos

Arts organizations, collectives or individual receiving grant from the Conseil must mention this funding in their information, promotional, or advertising material.

Need more information?
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Karine Gariépy
Karine Gariépy
Project Manager - Local and international initiatives

514 280-0540