LSPP Artist in Residence Program
Applications for the 2022 LSPP Artist in Residence (AiR) Program are due by March 31st , 2022.  We have funds for two artists this year.  Please indicate on your application if you are applying for the Jan Bell Photography Grant.  Please email your application to

Artist Marta Stares
Program Overview

The LSPP Artist in Residence Program is open to Canadian and International visual artists, whose work relates to the natural environment. In 2022, the second year of our program, the Friends will offer support to two artists.  One artist working in any medium and one serious photographer to be supported by the Jan Bell Photography Grant.

To encourage a diverse group of applicants, we aim to make the residency as barrier-free as possible by providing travel and meal bursaries, allowing artists to bring their families, and defining artist in a broad and inclusive way. 

Program Details
  • Application to include:

    • Resume with list of artistic works

    • One-page statement of intent for residency 

    • Sample of artistic work (submit as appropriate)

  • One-week duration (during regular Park operating season)

  • The Friends to cover the costs of park fees for one-week for the artist and a companion. Accommodation options include either campgrounds (Rabbit Blanket and/or Agawa Bay) or backcountry camping (with potential for a canoe rental to be included). 

  • LSPP may feature the artists’ work at the Visitor Centre or Park Office. LSPP staff may provide logistical support for presentation, exhibits or lectures during the artist’s stay.

  • Artists are to provide their own working materials, as well as camping supplies, food, bedding and utensils. A small stipend will be provided to partially cover the artist’s supplies. 

  • Applications are welcome and should be received by March 31st , 2022.  Please indicate on your application if you are applying for the Jan Bell Photography Grant.  The AiR subcommittee will develop a short list of artists; and a volunteer jury will select the winners.  The winners (and only the winners) will be notified by mid-April. 

  • While staying in the park, all rules and regulations apply. Restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic must be adhered to and may affect the program.  LSPP staff will provide an orientation to the park, regulations and facilities available during the residency provided that sufficient notice is given in advance.

Selection Process

The Friends of LSP, in cooperation with LSPP staff and a volunteer jury of local artists and curators, will determine the successful applicant each spring. The selection criteria for artists will include artistic merit, use of the park’s cultural and natural features as a means to further work, and plans for public outreach. 

The Artist’s Contribution to LSPP:
  • During their residency, the artist will be expected to provide:

    • An outreach activity (for example a public lecture, workshop or demonstration to park visitors; a video presentation; a social media takeover)

    • An original piece of work representative of their artistic medium based upon their residency in LSPP. This artwork may be used in exhibits and for educational and promotional purposes by the park or the Friends of LSP.

Benefits to the Artist
  • Free camping fees

  • $300 honorarium 

  • $180 supplies stipend 

  • $600 Meal and Travel allowance 

  • Marketing and promotion of artists’ works in brochures, tabloids, Park and Friends websites and on rotating display at the Visitor Centre. 

  • The artist retains a royalty-free, non-exclusive use license under copyright. The Park owns the donated artwork and the rights to reproduce.

  • The photographer supported by the Jan Bell Photography Grant will receive a copy of Jan Bell’s book Quiet Contemplation.

  • Total value of about $1500!


Read about the 2021 Artist in Residence, Marta Stares', experience in the piece she wrote for Ontario Parks' blog. You can also check out the talk she gave and the video she created on our events page.