Artist in Residence

The third annual City of Fredericton Artist-in-Residence program will take place this summer in Odell Park and the Fredericton Botanic Garden.  Local artists are invited to submit a proposal for a two-week residency in either location.

The program provides a unique opportunity for artists to work on creative projects in the natural surroundings of one of Canada’s best old-growth forests or in the nearby community-run botanic garden (open and free to the public).

Measures implemented last summer to comply with Provincial public safety protocols will be in effect again this summer.  This means that artists will be located outside in the park or gardens, rather than inside a building. Artists may select a location which suits their work and will be provided with portable lawn signs which will indicate that they are the ‘artist in residence’.  Park and garden visitors are encouraged to interact with artists while maintaining existing physical distancing requirements.

Please note that this year’s Artist in Residence Program will be limited to artists in New Brunswick Health Zone 3 in the event of travel restrictions, there will not be any unexpected gaps in the schedule.

Additionally, rather than hosting in-person community engagement activities, artists are required to engage with the community through online activities. Artists will be active on social media with brief daily updates on their residency as well as occasional more in-depth interactions such as a demo, artist talk, workshop.

Odell Park is a 175-hectare year-round park in the heart of Fredericton with a network of trails (16km) winding through forests with trees up to 400 years old. The Park is linked through trails to the Fredericton Botanic Garden, which covers 21 hectares of mixed forests, fields, and garden beds. Among the Garden attractions are magnolias, rhododendrons, peonies, lilacs and the Pollinator and NB Literature gardens. Artists are encouraged to explore and engage with the park and park users.

Residencies are available during July or August and includes a stipend of $500 per week. This residency is open to all artists working in any medium. Artists are asked to include a description of the online/social media community engagement activities they plan to deliver. Special consideration will be given to how an artist can make the best use of the unique forest and garden settings.

The artist is expected to be in residence during the day, Monday to Friday.  Artists may also consult with members of the Botanic Garden and or a City forester (subject to advance notice and availability) to gain knowledge about the natural surroundings which can be incorporated into their residency work.

Amenities available include:

Odell Park:

  • Outdoor workable space features 10 x 35 feet of cover from the rain and sun under the balcony of the Lodge
  • Large public picnic shelter with picnic tables (first come first serve)
  • Access to electricity, water and Wifi at the exterior of the Lodge
  • Public washroom access

For more information about Odell Park:

Fredericton Botanic Garden:

  • Outdoor (unsheltered) workable patio space
  • Shelter available includes small shed with possibility of public interaction
  • Electricity, water, Wifi, washroom
  • Tables & chairs available
  • Indoor space for overnight storage of materials

For more information about the Fredericton Botanic Garden:

Artists may apply by submitting the following:

  • Resume and short bio including complete contact information, mailing address and social media links
  • Statement of interest (500-700 words), including a description of work to be carried out during the residency and what your perspective will bring to the program
  • Description of online/social media community engagement activities be offered during the residency
  • 10-15 images or 1-2 videos of current artwork
  • Indicate availability during July or August and preference for dates (two-week period)
  • Indicate if there is a preference for Odell Park or the Botanic Garden (or either)

Please note that this year’s Artist in Residence Program will be limited to artists in Health Zone 3, so in the event of travel restrictions, there will not be any unexpected gaps in the schedule.

Deadline: March 5, 2021. Artists will be notified in March/April.

Submissions can be sent by email:, or dropped off at Recreation, Culture & Community Development

Attn: Cultural Development Officer
Artist in Residence Program
371 Queen Street, Suite 1 (entrance at back of building)

Information: / (506) 471-3378