top of page
IMG_1828 2.jpeg


The artist-in-residency program at the Chester Art Centre is made possible by the Donald Curley fund, established in memory of the Chester based artist with an international reputation upon his death in 2009. Funded by contributions of friends and family, as well as the proceeds from the Donald Curley lecture series, please check back here for lecture details and to make donations or purchase tickets for upcoming lectures.

The residency exists to support emergingartists as they stretch and grow their artistic scope. Please check back regularly or sign up for our newsletter for information on upcoming residencies.



4-Week Emerging Artist Residencies in the Village of Chester, Nova Scotia.

May Residency: May 3rd to May 31st, 2024

June Residency: June 1st to June 29th, 2024


Completed proposal submission deadline is: October 10th, 2023 at 11:59PM                  

Program Details

The Chester Art Centre (CAC) located in the beautiful seaside Village of Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada invites applications for its 2024 Emerging Artist in Residence program. All visual art mediums and styles are welcome to apply. The goal of the residency is to provide you with the resources you need to grow and stretch as an artist. Your proposal must highlight how the support will propel you in new artistic directions.


We plan to accept two residents into the program (one in May and one in June), however, the Centre reserves the right to award 2, 1 or no residencies for our 2024 program.

Stipend: The Centre will pay the successful applicant(s) a stipend of $1000.

Accommodations: Accommodation will be provided by the residency program unless the applicant lives locally. Please let us know if you have accessibility needs. 


Studio Space: Studio space will be provided by the residency program. Please specify your studio needs so that we can match you to the most suitable studio. 


Materials and Equipment: Materials and equipment are the responsibility of the artist. 


Travel: Applicants are responsible for the cost of travel arrangements to and from Chester

Teaching Opportunity: If interested, there will be the oppertunity to teach a workshop in the community. 

Mentorship: On request, the Chester Art Centre will try and pair artists with a mentor to support them during their residency. 

The AIR program allows artists to create new work that will contribute to the development of their art practice and to interact with the local community. The artists are expected to participate in two open studio days (one in the middle of the program and one at the end). The final open studio will serve as a chance for artists to showcase what they've been working on in a mini studio show. 


Completed application forms along with supporting materials must be emailed to with the subject line “Artist-in-Residence Application” no later than October 10th, 2023 at 11:59pm.

bottom of page