Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (KIRA)

Introducing Canada’s Newest World Class Centre For the Arts

Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts was established in February 2016  to support the creativity of artists in residence; promote the excellence at home and on the international scene in St. Andrews By-the Sea, and benefit the community as a cultural destination. KIRA will create a rewarding and stimulating experience for participants in the residency which will advance their artistic journey. KIRA will contribute to the creation of new works in various artistic disciplines, and to arts education through community involvement. KIRA strengthens St. Andrews’ reputation as a tourist destination focused on beauty, creativity, and quality of life.

For more information about KIRA, phone (506) 529-3335 or email kgoffice@kingsbraegarden.com


Call for Submission

Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (KIRA) will award up to eleven artists with one month residencies in St. Andrews, New Brunswick Canada. Artists will be provided with an individual studio space, comfortable housing, up to two prepared meals each day and a stipend. Artists will live on a historic property in a beautiful seaside town and work in studios located on the property. The residence is within walking distance of the down town, however artists should bring all materials needed for their creative process when they arrive, as supplies and provisions are limited in town. As part of the residency, artists will be asked to engage with the community for up to six hours a week. These engagements for each artist will vary based on skills and interest and can include a partnership with the Kingsbrae Garden which is located steps away from the residence and studios.

Program Goals

  • Support artists by providing space for creative inquiry and time to take their creative practice to the next level
  • Invite artists to explore their ideas and practice within the context of the region including Kingsbrae Garden, a 27-acre horticultural masterpiece located in the historic seaside town of St. Andrews, New Brunswick.
  • Create a community of artists, thinkers, and practitioners
  • Introduce and thoughtfully engage artists with the community

Program Period

  • The application period for the summer 2017 program is November 15, 2016 to January 30, 2017.
  • The one month residency periods are in June, July, and August 2017.
  • Awarded artists will be notified no later than February 28, 2017.

Artist Eligibility

  • Applications are open to a range of disciplines and types of artists including but not limited to the visual arts, music/composition, new media, and interdisciplinary arts.
  • Artists from all levels in their career who exhibit a strong professional work ethic and a collaborative attitude are invited to apply.
  • Artists from New Brunswick are encouraged to apply.

Program Details and Support

  • One month of free studio space in a freestanding 300-square foot studio equip with Wi-Fi.
  • Awarded stipend of $1,500 per month.
  • Private bedroom/bathroom in a well-maintained historic property located steps away from the studio.
  • Up to 5-artists living on-site plus the program director.
  • Two meals a day plus a group dinner per week.
  • Audience engagement opportunities.
  • Access to Kingsbrae Garden public events.
  • Scheduled access to: nontoxic printmaking equipment (portable proofing press suitable for linoblock, woodcut, and letter set printing, range of typeset), ceramics equipment (pottery kick-wheels, medium sized kiln, outdoor gas fired kiln), woodshop (chop saws, table saws, planer, clamps, etc.), mechanical shop with a range of basic hand tools and resources.
  • Artists will be responsible for covering costs associated with the purchase of materials, shipment of artwork/supplies, travel costs and other living expenses including supplemental food.

Selection Process

  • Artists will be selected using a panel review process who considers the following criteria: overall merit of work, readiness to engage with the community, potential to develop creative practice, influence by the location, and statistical data including career level, and geographic location.
  • References of finalists will be contacted.
  • A 30-minute conference call between the finalists and program administrators will be conducted before acceptance into the residency program.

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV (3-page maximum)
  • Artist Statement (6,000 character limit)
  • Responses to following open-ended questions:
  • Tell us about you and your work and why this residency would be important to you at this time in your career. (2,000 character limit)
  • Tell us about how your artistic inquiry may or may not be supported by the location of the residency and public interactions with the community. (1,000 character limit)
  • Artists are expected to engage with the community 6-hours per week. Given this requirement, what ways would you be most interested in engaging with the community? (1,000 character limit)
  • Contact info for three professional references (Name, email, phone number, and relationship)
  • Portfolio of work (5 to 10 forms of documentation)
  • $10 Application Fee (Can)

For Questions, Please Contact:
Mary Jones
Kingsbrae Garden

To Apply:
Please forward your submission including all “Application Requirements” to

Kingsbrae Garden
220 King Street
St. Andrews, NB
E5B 1Y8

Attention: Artist in Residence Review Panel

Email: kgoffice@kingsbraegarden.com
FAX: 1 (506) 529-4875