Artist Resources

Supporting Indigenous Artists is a critical part of what we do here at Woodland Cultural Centre.


We exist to present, encourage, and promote contemporary Indigenous art to all members of society. Showcasing the unique voice of Indigenous artists with exhibits that teach, provoke, and impact.


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Call for Applications: Indigenous Artist-in-Residence


Project Description

The Department of Visual Arts at Western University is seeking applications from emerging to established artists for the one-year Indigenous Artist-in-Residence (IAiR) program. This program will support a First Nations, Métis, or Inuk artist in the research, creation, and production of new artistic work. The IAiR will work closely with the Department of Visual Arts and undertake community engagement in ways that could include (but are not limited to) artist talks, workshops, studio visits, or other outreach activities. Applications from artists with connections to, or living in, the region are particularly encouraged. Projects that incorporate distance or remote components, or other innovative virtual forms of residency, are welcome.

The IAiR position includes access to studio space, equipment, staff support, and other resources at Western University. It will include periodic activities that intersect with coursework and departmental events. There is an option to develop and teach a course in the Winter term during the residency should the successful candidate be interested, which would be funded separately. If required, the Department will provide support for developing the course.

The residency will be situated in the Department of Visual Arts for a period of 8 to 12 months beginning September 1, 2021. The stipend for this position is $50,000 (inclusive of taxes) regardless of the length of the residency and is intended to cover support materials, travel, accommodation, artist fees and costs related to the residency, although additional funds can be applied for through the Department.

The Department of Visual Arts has particular strengths in media, photography, painting, printmaking, sound, sculpture, and installation. Department facilities include the Artlab Gallery, the Cohen Explorations Lab and Cohen Commons, the Centre for Sustainable Curating, as well as studio facilities including woodshop, sound studio, print-making studio, painting studio, dark room, and black box media lab. The Department of Visual Arts supports numerous projects committed to social and environmental justice and would welcome the successful candidate’s potential input and/or collaboration in these areas.

Local Context

Western University is located on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak, and Neutral (Chonnonton) peoples, on lands connected to several Treaties including Treaty 6 London Township, Treaty 7 Sombra Township, Treaty 21 Longwoods and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. This place continues to be home to diverse Indigenous Peoples who are recognized as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors to society. Western is committed to increasing Indigenous voices and presence across all levels of work, study and research.


$50,000 stipend


8-12 months

Submission Check List

1. Curriculum Vitae including contact information

2. Short Artist Statement

3. Project Proposal (1 page)

4. Proposed Community Engagement Activities (1 page)

Note: The above documents should be merged into a single PDF

5. Portfolio: up to 10 original works, with title and date. Submissions can include: Image files; submitted as JPG or PDF do not exceed 1 MB or 1024 x 768 pixels Audio files; submitted as MP3 or MP4 (links suggested) Video files; submitted as AVI, MOV, MPEG, MP4, (links suggested)

6. Contact information for 2 references (only the referees of shortlisted candidates will be contacted).

7. Optional: Up to three pieces of support material such as exhibition brochures, reviews, articles etc.


E-mail submission packages to Meghan Edmiston at

Application Deadline

July 7, 2021



Application deadline is July 16, 2021 at 5:00:00 PM EST


CMHC Artwork Opportunities – Request for Interest

CMHC seeks artist professionals or artist teams to submit qualifications for the opportunity to design, fabricate and install permanent artworks. This is a two-stage competition managed through an internal selection committee at CMHC, this call for submissions provides information, details and submission requirements. CMHC is a Crown Corporation of the Government of Canada. Its superseding agency was established after World War II, to help returning war veterans find housing. It has since expanded its mandate to assist housing for all Canadians with ongoing efforts being made to establish healthier relationships with many communities. The organization’s primary goals are to provide mortgage liquidity, assist in affordable housing development, and provide unbiased research and advice for both governments and the housing industry. The establishment of commissions for artworks aligns with the ongoing vision for CMHC making effort to create spaces of respect and reciprocity. These requests for qualifications are equal opportunity processes, open to artist professionals and teams with experience in creating art. We strongly encourage artistic applications from selfidentifying Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), Black, Persons of Colour (IBPoC), persons from LGBTQ2+ communities, persons with disabilities and marginalized groups not currently represented. We encourage selfidentification during our selection processes as a way of increasing representation, understanding and to ensure organizational strategic priorities are being met as we strive towards higher levels of equity.


This call for submissions represents several opportunities for artists divided into 4 components:

A) Opportunity #1: C1 Entry Rock Garden

This component, tentatively called the “Entry Rock Garden”, encourages a story of coming together. It is a permanent, major contemporary work of art to occupy an indoor portion of the north entrance and atrium of the building. As a focal point, this major work of art will occupy a centralized space creating an environment that both welcomes guests and provides a visual landmark for the building and location. Applicants are strongly encouraged to explore concepts of community voices, conveying larger actions, celebrating artistic vision and share a story of coming together through Indigenous involvement. The total budgeted value of this opportunity is $120,000 CAD.

B) Opportunity #2: C1 Innovation Graphic Panels

This component, tentatively called the “Innovation Graphic Panels” is a wall-mounted artwork intended to explore innovation and the future of housing in Canada. Positioned near the Innovation Hub, Innovation Centre, Housing Knowledge Centre, and the primary south entry for CMHC staff, this opportunity is intended to be a catalyst, supporting aspirational dialogue and encouraging staff to think differently as they use the adjacent spaces and move in/out of the building. The total budgeted value of this opportunity is $30,000 CAD.

C) Opportunity #3: C3 Mural

This component, tentatively called the “Mural” is intended to be photographs of homes of people of Canada (or, what home means), assembled in a collective mural. Specifically, the intent of this opportunity is to support inspirational dialogue between CMHC and the community it serves across the country by exploring what “home” is to everyone, importantly as CMHC continues its work to ensure that: “By 2030, everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and that meets their needs.” (Evan Siddall, Feb 7, 2019)”. Curation of the photographs is required by the proponent. The total budgeted value of this opportunity is $30,000 CAD.

D) Opportunity #4: Distributed Works

These components, tentatively called “Distributed Works” are intended to be various wall-hung pieces distributed throughout various locations at CMHC’s Ottawa office. Exact locations TBD. These components are intended to align with one or more components of the Project Vision: (a). Home: The roof under which our shared values, culture and expertise live; (b). Earth: The center of gravity and the driver for a sustainable future; and (c). Canada: The open and inclusive society we reflect and serve. The total budgeted value of this opportunity is $60,000 CAD.


Each component has its own budget and project priorities. Applicants are encouraged to submit to all components while understanding that only one component may be awarded to an applicant. Submissions from artist professionals and artist teams are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, CV and/or biographies as well as samples of existing artworks for consideration by the CMHC selections committee. Qualifications will be evaluated by a peer assessment committee consisting of artists, curators with public art experience, community representatives and representatives from the Design Team. To receive additional information and the application form for these opportunities, please email Application deadline is July 16, 2021 at 5:00:00 PM EST.


Estimated Contract Value: $240,000.00 CDN
Estimated Project Completion: May 31, 2022
Posting Date: June 11, 2021
RFI Closing Date: Application deadline is July 16, 2021 at 5:00:00 PM EST.
Procurement Posting Tool:
BGIS Procurement Contact:  

Phil Berman


Canada Council for the Arts:


Creating Knowing and Sharing: Up to $300,000

This program supports Indigenous individuals, groups, Indigenous-led arts organizations and arts/cultural sector development organizations that foster a vital and resilient Indigenous arts ecosystem.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, groups and organizations may apply to Creating, Knowing and Sharing (or to the other 5 Canada Council programs) for funding for artistic and cultural activities. Canada Council stands by Indigenous artists through a variety of programs and initiatives, such as {Re}conciliation. This program functions using a self-determined, Indigenous-centred approach. This means that it will be guided by Indigenous values and worldviews, administered by staff of First Nations, Inuit and Métis heritage, and assessed by First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals.

Collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, that are led by Indigenous artists/organizations are encouraged and facilitated in Creating, Knowing and Sharing.

Learn More Here

Ontario Arts Council:


Indigenous Visual Artists’ Materials: Up to $1000

The 2020-2021 program is open from August 2020 until January 29, 2021.

The program supports Ontario-based First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists working in the visual arts, crafts or traditional/customary Indigenous art forms to create artwork. Grants of $500 help cover the cost of buying art materials and supplies.This is a third-party recommender program. Artists apply to the Indigenous organizations designated as recommenders for the program. Recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC.

Woodland Cultural Centre is an approved Recommender for this grant. 

Learn More Here


Exhibition Assistance: Up to $2000

The 2020-2021 program is open from September 2020 until January 15, 2021

The program supports Ontario-based artists and artist collectives working in visual arts, craft and media art practices in the presentation of their artwork in a confirmed public exhibition.

This is a third-party recommender program. Using Nova, OAC’s online grant application system, artists apply to the galleries and organizations designated as recommenders for the program. These recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC. See About Recommender Grants below for more information on the grant application process.

Woodland Cultural Centre is an approved Recommender for this grant. 

Learn More Here


Curatorial Projects: Indigenous and Culturally Diverse: Up to $30,000

The 2020-2021 Deadline is October 8, 2020, 1 p.m. ET

The program supports the development of the work of Ontario-based Indigenous curators and curators who are people of colour, and the exhibition infrastructure in Ontario. It aims to increase the ability of Ontario public galleries, artist-run centres and other organizations to present projects by Indigenous curators and curators who are people of colour in contexts determined by the participants.

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Dance Training Projects: Equity and Access: Up to $7000

The 2020-2021 Deadline is October 6, 2020, 1 p.m. ET

The program supports dance training derived from traditional, classical and/or contemporary dance of the African, Caribbean, Asian, Arabic, Middle Eastern and South Asian diasporas, Indigenous dance, and Deaf and disability dance practices.

Learn More Here


Indigenous Artists in Communities and Schools Projects: Up to $17,000

The 2020-2021 Deadline is March 4 and September 15, 2020, 1 p.m. ET

The program supports projects that bring together professional Ontario-based Indigenous artists or Elders to work with individuals or groups of people from a community on collaborative activities that create a meaningful arts experience and transmit artistic skills and knowledge.

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Indigenous Arts Projects: Up to $25,000

The 2020-2021 Deadline is March 4 and September 15, 2020, 1 p.m. ET

The program supports Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) artists to research, develop and create new work and engage with their communities, as well as opportunities for Indigenous organizations and communities to strengthen their relationships with the arts.

Learn More Here



Toronto Arts Council:


Toronto Arts Council Indigenous Arts Program: Up to $15,000

There is no single application deadline in 2020. You may submit an application anytime between January 2 and November 4, 2020. You will be notified with the application results approximately 3 to 4 months after the submission date.

Toronto Arts Council’s Indigenous Arts Projects program is an annual multi-disciplinary project grant specifically for Indigenous artists, collectives and organizations. For the purpose of this program, “Indigenous” is defined as a Canadian Aboriginal person who self-defines as First Nations (Status or Non-status), Métis, or Inuit. TAC recognizes that in the diverse mosaic of Toronto, Indigenous people are the original inhabitants of the City, which has great historical and cultural significance as a place for ceremony, gathering, trade, and exchange.

The program is designed to increase participation in and access to Toronto Arts Council funding by Indigenous artists, while increasing the creation and presentation of high-quality Indigenous art in the City.

Learn More Here

Contact Info:

Tash Navaeu, Indigenous Arts Program Manager



45 Minute Watch Parties for Artists/ Elders/ Knowledge Keepers: $1000

The Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA) is Canada’s oldest Indigenous arts service organization. Artists can apply to showcase their craft, skill, knowledge and experience on a Facebook live and receive $1000 compensation.

Click Here to Apply


Food Gift Card Support: $100

ANDPVA offers food gift cards to Indigenous artists, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and Survivors who lost gigs due to COVID-19

Click Here to Apply