LSPP Artist in Residence Program
In 2022 the LSPP Artist in Residence (AiR) Program supported two artists.  Zahra Ebrahim and Paige Lipsky.  Paige was supported by the Jan Bell Photography Grant. 

Zahra is a participatory artist and public interest designer that works at the intersection of cities, social justice and creative practice. She currently co-leads Monumental, an organization advancing equitable outcomes for cities and communities, and amplifying the voices of the racialized leaders. Zahra facilitated a workshop in 2022 at the visitor centre “Zine-Making: Stories Of Lake Superior” where she made connections, gathered stories and taught visitors about zine making.

Paige Lipsky is a photographer based in Madison, Wisconsin. Her work focuses on nature and travel. The juxtaposition between man and nature is a common theme. There’s an examination of the way mankind interacts within environments, often achieved through landscapes. Paige was an Artist in Residence this summer at Agawa Bay supported by the Jan Bell Photography Grant .  She facilitated a workshop in 2022 at the visitor centre “Photography Workshop: Get The Most From Your Vacation Photos”.

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 offered support to two artists.  One artist working in any medium and one serious photographer 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 closed for 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.