Summer Artist in Residence Program 2023

2023 Summer Artist in Residence Program

February 2023 - The fifth annual City of Fredericton Summer Artist-in-Residence program will take place this year in two locations - the Fredericton Botanic Garden at Odell Park, and Killarney Lake Park.  The City is inviting artists to submit proposals for a residency at either location during July or August. Residency periods are for two weeks with a new option this summer for a one-month residency, each with a stipend of $500 per week.  Accommodations are not provided.   

The program provides a unique opportunity for artists to move their studio outdoors into the natural surroundings of Killarney Lake’s wooded recreational park on the northside, or in the community-run Botanic Garden adjacent to Odell Park on the southside. Both locations are open and free to the public.

Artists are required to engage with park and garden users daily on site, and with the broader community through online activities. Artists will be active on social media with brief daily updates on their residency as well as occasional, in-depth activities such as a demo, artist talk, or workshop. Selected artists are free to move throughout the park or garden as part of their creative process and will be provided with portable lawn signs which will indicate that they are the ‘Artist in Residence’.

This residency is open to all artists working in any medium, however preference will be given to work that is conducive to community engagement. The artist is expected to be in residence Monday to Friday, for 6-8 hours daily.

Deadline:  March 10, 2023 at 4:30 pm. Artists will be notified by April 30.  Submissions can be sent by email:

Information: | 506-471-3378



Killarney Lake Park

Less than a 10-minute drive from the city centre, Killarney Lake Park has more than 645 hectares and over 30 km of multi-use trails in addition to open recreational areas, a swimming beach, playground, and the Killarney Lake Rotary Centennial Lodge.  The park features natural landscapes and Acadian Forest with a significant hemlock ridge running through the northeast section of the park.

Amenities include :

  • Outdoor workable available including a covered wrap-around porch with tables and chairs, and a gazebo behind the lodge
  • Access to electricity, water, and WiFi around the outside perimeter of the Lodge
  • Public washroom access

For more information about Killarney Lake Park:


Fredericton Botanic Garden

The Fredericton Botanic Garden is linked to Odell Park and 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.

  • Outdoor (unsheltered) workable patio space
  • Sheltered space includes small shed with capacity for public interaction
  • Electricity, water, Wifi, washroom
  • Tables & chairs available
  • Indoor space for overnight storage of materials
  • Members of the Botanic Garden will be available to provide artists with a tour of the Gardens and information on the natural surroundings.

For more information about the Fredericton Botanic Garden:


Artists are encouraged to explore and engage with the park and park users. Artists are asked to include a description of their creative approach and the work they plan to carry out during their residency. They should indicate their preferred location, or whether their work can be carried out in either location.  The proposal should also 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.

New this year, a one-month residency period will be available to artists looking to work on an in-depth project. One artist will be selected for each location. Artists are asked to submit a proposal with a detailed description of the project, along with their preferred location. To be considered for the month-long residency, artists are expected to have a specific creative project plan that is enriching to both the artist and the public.


To Apply:

Artists may apply by submitting the following text in one PDF document. Images should be submitted in a separate PDF document:

  • 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 offered during the residency
  • Indicate availability during July or August and preference for dates
  • Indicate if there is a preference for the Fredericton Botanic Garden or Killarney Lake Park (or open to either)
  • Artists applying to the one-month residency are expected to describe their proposed project in detail. Please indicate if you would be interested in a two-week residency if not selected for the one-month
  • Up to 10 images of current artwork in a separate PDF document no larger than 15MB
  • Videos may be sent via links to YouTube, Vimeo or other