August 13 2018

Call for applications: Impressions artist residency

In collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Deadline for applications: October 9 2018

Photo MBAM


For an eight-week period, from January to March 2019, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will open its doors and its reserves to an emerging artist from one of Montreal's cultural communities or a First Nations, Inuit or Métis artist.

As one of Montreal’s leading institutions, the MMFA considers it imperative to support original initiatives that will provide cultural institutions and creators with the opportunity for mutual enrichment. The Impressions residency is for artists who meet the following criteria established by the Conseil des arts de Montréal:

  • A professional solo visual artist (e.g. in painting, sculpture, video art, installation, performance art, photography) who has core training in the arts and whose abilities have been recognized by his or her peers. Professional artists create, perform or publish works for public presentation, devote themselves primarily to the practice of their art and are remunerated for the works they create.
  • An artist from a cultural community or visible minority or a First Nations, Inuit or Métis artist
  • An artist with less than seven years of professional practice in Quebec
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • A resident of the island of Montreal for at least one year

Please note that MMFA and CAM employees as well as their family members are ineligible for this call for applications.  

A dialogue between the artist and the MMFA’s collection
This research and creation program will encourage artistic hybridity by giving an artist the opportunity to draw inspiration from the fascinating resource of the Museum’s collections. With over 42,000 works, 4,500 of which are on view in its five pavilions, the MMFA has the largest encyclopedic collection in Canada. The artist in residence will provide an original perspective on this rich and varied collection.

A project sponsored by the MMFA and the Conseil des arts de Montréal
This project was made possible through the financial support of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. The artist in residence will receive an honorarium of $4,000 and an allowance of $3,000 ($375 per week for 8 weeks), for a total of $7,000. This individual will be chosen by a jury comprising a member from each of the organizations responsible for the program. The artist in residence will be given the opportunity to present the results of his or her research in an exhibition to be held in the mezzanine of the Maison du Conseil des arts de Montréal.

The selection criteria are as follows:

  • Originality of artistic approach
  • Flexibility and ability to work independently
  • Awareness of the historical and artistic background of the works in the MMFA’s collection
  • Impact the program will have on the applicant’s career and the resulting benefits
  • Impact on the cultural community and the MMFA


To apply, send in:

  • Your CV
  • The attached application form, duly completed
  • 10 images of your artwork
  • A short biography and a description of your artistic process
  • A letter describing your proposed research and creation project, its intended objectives, a breakdown of your work schedule for the eight weeks of the residency, the project’s relevance in terms of your artistic approach and its expected outcomes.

Applications must be sent by email in a single PDF file (maximum size 10 MB) to appelresidence@mbamtl.org by Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Consult details and form: Call for applications Impressions 2018

About the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
The MMFA welcomes one million visitors annually. It is Quebec’s most visited museum, one of the most popular museums in Canada and ranks 8th among art museums in North America. The Museum’s original temporary exhibitions combine various artistic disciplines – fine arts, music, film, fashion and design – and are exported around the world. Its rich encyclopedic collection, distributed among five pavilions, includes international art, world cultures, decorative arts and design, and Quebec and Canadian art. The MMFA complex includes Bourgie Hall, a 460-seat concert hall. The MMFA is one of Canada’s leading publishers of art books in French and English, which are distributed internationally. The Museum also houses the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy, the largest educational complex in a North American art museum, enabling the MMFA to offer innovative educational, wellness and art therapy program.

About Conseil des arts de Montréal
A dynamic partner of artistic creativity in Montreal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, supports and recognizes excellence and innovation in the creation, production and presentation of professional artistic endeavours. It encourages openness, discovery and daring at the heart of Montreal’s artistic landscape, thanks to its initiatives. Since 1956, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has been an influential player in the development of “Montreal, Cultural Metropolis.”

Past Award Recipients
Karen Tam (2013-2014)
Naghmeh Sharifi (2014-2015)
Pansee Atta (2015-2016)
Ari Bayuaji (2016-2017)
Jobena Petonoquot (2017-2018)