The Nest Artist Residency

The call for applications for the 2023-24 Nest Artist Residency is now closed.

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The Nest Artist Residency is a structured 8-month program that seeks to deepen the relationship between local new generation artists and the broader artistic community.

The 2023-2024 Nest Artist Residency

Do you harbour an uncontainable passion? Is your creativity bursting at the seams, yearning to be heard, seen, and felt? Whether you're a young artist, an old soul, or somewhere in between, if you’re a self-proclaimed emerging artist and have a profound idea that's been itching to break free, the 2023-24 Nest Artist Residency is made for you.

Nest Artist Residents will join us in answering the call of the Renaissance, a beacon of hope amidst the turbulent seas of our time. In an era where challenges loom large and uncertainty casts its shadow, we dare you to breathe life into your dreams. When the world seems dark and daunting, that's when the spark of revival ignites.

Here at Suitcase in Point, we believe that the architects of this revival are none other than artists like YOU. Your words, your melodies, your visions—they hold the power to ignite change, spark conversations, and nurture dreams. It's not just a journey; it's a movement fueled by courage, resilience, vulnerability, boundless curiosity, and, above all, love.

Don't merely watch the world change; be the catalyst that transforms it. Join us in this artistic odyssey and become a part of the REVIVAL, because the world needs artists like you to lead the way.

About the Residency

The Nest Artist Residency seeks to deepen the artistic relationship between local new generation artists and the broader artistic community. The goal of this residency is rooted in process, with a focus on risk taking, mistake-making, embracing failure as a step toward greatness, and exploring new ways of artistic expression that starts by asking ‘What do you need?’. 

The Nest is an opportunity for directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, poets, dancers, musicians, divisors, and artist creators of all kinds looking for the space and mentorship to cultivate ideas into works that are provocative, innovative, and ambitious. 

Residency in the Nest involves a public presentation at In the Soil Arts Festival 2024 that showcases the work-in-progress that residents create over an 8-month period. We encourage individuals, duos and collectives to apply to the residency. If you have an idea, we want to hear from you! The Nest Artist Residency will be offered with a hybrid of in-person and digital commitments in adherence with all public health guidelines.

The Nest Artist Residency period: November 8, 2023 – June 30, 2024

Meet the 2022/2023 Nest Residents

Residency Details

Residents Receive

Professional Development:

  • Each resident is given the opportunity to be matched with a professional mentor who they will meet for one-on-one sessions throughout the residency.
  • A series of workshops and networking opportunities with industry professionals and community organizations.
  • Monthly group writing sessions with Suitcase in Point’s AMP Director and other Nest Artists
  • Access to “The Forum,” a monthly discussion series that offers an opportunity for Nest Residents to come together in dialogue on current trends and inspirations, offering a place for meaningful exchanges and harmonious debate.
  • The full support of SIP staff in service of an artistic project.
  • An opportunity to showcase work-in-progress at In the Soil Arts Festival 2024.

Use of Suitcase in Point’s Studio Space, “The Green”:  

  • The Green will be made available for each resident throughout the 8-month residency period for a maximum of two weeks.
  • The Green is located on the third floor of the Oddfellows building in downtown St. Catharines and can only be accessed via two flights of stairs.
  • Accommodations for alternative working space can be made available if necessary.
  • The Green was named in honour of SIP mentor, Michael Green, co-founder of Calgary’s One Yellow Rabbit.

Administrative Support:

  • Access to office space, and printing where applicable.
  • Opportunity to meet with SIP staff to learn more about revenue generation, grant writing, marketing, developing partnerships and more!
  • Marketing, front of house and technical support for Nest Artist showcases.
  • Nest Residents will have the opportunity to serve on the selection committee of the following Nest Artist Residency.



The call for applications is now closed.

  • Applicants must reside in the Niagara Region, unless they have accessible transportation (ie. A car or private jet) to the region.
  • Be 21 years of age or older and self-identify as emerging artist.
  • Applicants must be individual artists or collaborative duos/teams/small ensembles under the leadership of a single applicant.
  • Only one application per artist or collective.
  • Applicants may not apply as an individual AND be part of a simultaneous collective application.
  • Applications may not apply as part of multiple collectives.

Meet all past residents

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