Expressions of interest are now being accepted from artists interested in the inaugural Artist in Residence program with the City of Kelowna. Artists from all disciplines including digital and electronic arts, performing arts, visual arts, literary arts or musicians are welcome to apply. Interested applicants have until March 29 to submit their expression of interest.

“Our Artist in Residence program is a new opportunity for artists to use their medium to stimulate thoughtful conversation and create something truly unique to our city,” says Christine McWillis, Cultural Services Manager. “Our intention with the launch of the program this year is to engage with the community on the topic of social inclusion through art and artistic expression.”

Applications are open to anyone living in Kelowna or surrounding areas for more than one year. However, the selected artist or artist collective will be required to work in Kelowna for the duration of the project.

This Artist in Residence opportunity is not a live-in residency. The exact nature of the community engagement and artwork being created will be dependent on the artist’s creativity.

The selection process will occur in two phases, with a limited number of artists chosen to advance to Phase 2. The artists advancing to Phase 2 will receive a $500 honorarium for the additional work to prepare a detailed project proposal and budget.

The deadline for submission of the Expression of Interest form and supporting documents is March 29. Those selected to advance to Phase 2 will receive email confirmation on April 6.

To apply or to learn more, visit

Top photo of Chief Swkncut courtesy of the City of Kelowna.