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The Artist Incubator Lab: Call for Emerging Artists


The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 RBC Emerging Artist Residency.


The Robert McLaughlin Gallery: RBC Emerging Artist Residency Program 2020-2021


The Artist Incubator Lab is a paid residency opportunity for emerging artists supported by the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artist Project. The residency package presents artists with opportunities for professional growth, exhibition experience, and collaboration with The RMG staff. We are currently accepting applications for early career artists, age 35 and under, who want to take ownership of this unique residency space and engage with the public.


Gallery A and the Artist Incubator Lab are innovative exhibition and studio spaces within The Robert McLaughlin Gallery that support community activation and provide artists with professional development opportunities. The Artist Incubator Lab is a space for creativity and experimentation that strives to support the local arts ecosystem. While in residence, artists are encouraged to create new work, generate bold ideas, have vision, and make meaningful connections with our visitors and our community.


Fees: We pay a residency fee of $2,000 to support production, materials, travel, and installation costs. Additionally, we pay a $3000 artist fee.


Your residency experience will include…

  • 12 weeks in the Artist Incubator Lab (studio) followed by a four-week exhibition in Gallery A (exhibition space)
  • Professional support and consultation from RMG staff in the development and installation of your exhibition
  • Promotion of your work through our communication channels
  • Opportunities to develop your professional practice through meetings with our curatorial staff
  • The opportunity to have a reception on RMG Fridays, give an artist talk or workshop, and make connections with our gallery audiences and the greater community


Who are you?

  • You are a developing, early-career artist under the age of 35
  • Your artistic practice is the primary goal for your long-term career
  • You are able to commit to the Artist Incubator Lab for a minimum of 16-20 hours per week
  • You intend to use the residency to develop your artistic career
  • You have an ambitious, experimental, and dedicated practice


Although priority will be given to residents of the Durham Region, all applications will be considered. We encourage individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors and community to apply.


2020-2021 Residency Slots:


Summer 2020: June 1 – August 23, 2020

Exhibition: August 28 – September 27, 2020


Fall 2020: September 21 – December 13, 2020

Exhibition: December 17, 2020 – January 24, 2021


Winter 2021: January 4 – March 28, 2021

Exhibition: March 30 – April 27, 2021


Spring 2021: April 5 – June 27, 2021

Exhibition: June 30 – July 28, 2021


How to apply:


Please apply for the program here. You will be asked to complete the form and then upload your application package in a single PDF labeled with your full name. Please include the following documents:

  • An artist statement that in concise and specific language summarizes your artistic practice and point of view. (Maximum 150 words)
  • A short bio that highlights your education and accomplishments as a professional artist. (Maximum 150 words)
  • Your Artist CV (Maximum 3 pages)
  • A project proposal expressing what your artistic practice could gain from a residency at The RMG, clearly outlining your project, objectives, and desired outcomes for the duration of the residency. If you plan to involve any other groups or people in your work or project, please indicate that here. (Maximum 300 words)
  • Your residency will be supported by an experienced staff of curators, educators, and administrators. Please provide a statement expressing how you would take advantage of professional development opportunities at The RMG, learning from and participating in our culture of collaboration and cross-departmental engagement. (Maximum 150 words)
  • Examples of your work (with captions, including title, date, and medium) that support your goals and the direction you intend to take during the residency. You can submit links to videos on your website, Vimeo, or YouTube. (Maximum 15 images and/or videos)

Your PDF cannot exceed 5 MB.

All applications are due March 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST.


Please note that in order to meet the residency requirements you are expected to be onsite at The RMG for 16-20 hours per week.


Do you have questions about this opportunity?

Please contact [email protected] or call 905 576-3000


The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is committed to diversity in the workplace and advocates equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. We are committed to ensuring that The Robert McLaughlin Gallery remains an inclusive, respectful, and safe space. The RMG encourages applications from everyone, including but not limited to women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, people with disabilities and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities.


The RMG would like to acknowledge the RBC Foundation for their generous support of this project.