ArtScape Artist-In-Residence programme

Programme guidelines

The Joggins Fossil Institute

The Joggins Fossil Institute is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to protect, promote and present the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site (designation 2007).

Mission Statement — to be exemplary in fulfilling our responsibilities under the United Nations Convention for the Protection of World Cultural and National Heritage to protect, conserve, and present the outstanding value of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs through research, education, and tourism.

The purpose of the programme

The Joggins Fossil Institute is offering an artists’ residency programme to further the educational and outreach components of the centre and its mission.

The programme is open to visual artists, literary artists, and performing artists on a revolving basis in a 3-year cycle.

We are looking for proposals that engage with, complement, examine, and reflect the natural environment and surroundings (flora, fauna, weather, water, geology, paleontology, cultural history etc.) of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs and Centre.

The residency would benefit artists who, through artistic creation and expression, wish to explore the myriad relationships between the human experience and the natural world. It provides the opportunity for artists to personally encounter nature in a unique rural setting.

The residency programme provides visual artists, literary artists and performing artists with the time, financial support, and space to enable them to better focus on their work.


The residency is open to national and international visual, literary, and performing artists.

Visual arts

Consideration will be given to artists in all stages of their careers.

All disciplines will be considered, including but not limited to: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, design, architecture, photography, installation, performance, video and film, filmmaking, new media, and audio.

Literary arts

Consideration will be given to artists in all stages of their careers.

All disciplines will be considered, including but not limited to: fiction, non-fiction, nature writing, biography, history, memoir, science writing, poetry, journalism, children’s/young adult, screenwriting, essays, literary criticism, creative non-fiction, blogging, scholarly writing, science writing, fantasy and speculative fiction.

Performing arts

Consideration will be given to artists in all stages of their careers.

All disciplines will be considered, including but not limited to: dance, composition, vocal, instrumental, puppetry, song writing, animation and theatre.

Eligible projects

Residencies are available for research, development and production of ongoing or new bodies of work.

The artist’s proposed projects should take into account the Joggins Fossil Institute’s resources. Projects that do not require access to specialized equipment are most suitable to the residency programme. Artists are responsible for acquiring any additional specialized equipment.


Each residency is 6 weeks in duration. These 6 weeks may be divided up throughout the year at the discretion of the artist.


Funding is approved after the selection of an artist and therefore is contingent on funds.

  • Studio space, a private office, and cost of accommodation are provided by the Joggins Fossil Centre.
  • The artist is responsible for securing their own accommodation.
  • The residency pays living costs of $500 (only if the artist cannot live in their own home during the residency).
  • The residency pays an honorarium and presentation fees.
  • The residency pays travel costs to and from Joggins, Nova Scotia — up to $1500 — for air/land public transportation or vehicle mileage
  • The artist is responsible for their local transportation.

Artist’s responsibilities

  • Artists are expected to provide public access (either to individuals or groups) to their studio and/or office one day a week during the residency.
  • Artists are expected to provide two public presentations (lectures, workshops, readings or performances) during their residency.
  • Artists may undertake any other outreach programmes they wish after consultation with the Joggins Fossil Institute staff.


Submissions must be by e-mail.

To submit to the Artist-in-Residence Programme please send:

  1. an artist’s statement (maximum 500 words) describing your recent artistic activities and professional development, your work in general, its influences and direction;
  2. a brief description of your project (maximum 500 words);
  3. technical requirements and/or site specifications if applicable (maximum 1 page);
  4. a plan and a working schedule;
  5. a biography (maximum 1 page);
  6. documentation of your work:
    • visual artists: up to 10 images or 5 minutes of audio/visual material — (JPEG or TIFF @ 300 dpi minimum)
    • writers: up to 25 pages of prose or 10 poems;
    • performers/composers: up to 10 minutes of audio/visual material
  7. a current curriculum vitæ;
  8. a letter of reference from a peer, mentor or professor (for emerging artists)

Selection Jury 2018

Dale Fawthrop appears as host Norman Albert Code on the radio series This Is When, a sequel to The 1867 News. Dale Fawthrop retired after teaching English and Drama for 40 years at both the secondary and university level. Concentrating on the Forum Theatre style of Augusto Boal and maritime themes, Fawthrop created productions such as A Child's Voice, Cinderella, Frenchy’s: The Musical and A Child's Voice, Cinderella, Frenchy's: The Musical. Fawthrop was an Amherst Councillor for 12 years. At present he serves as Past Chair of The Cumberland Y Board and Chair of the Cumberland Library Board.

Dr. Janet Thom Hammock, a university professor of music for 31 years, was appointed Professor Emeritus of Music at Mount Allison University in 2003. Her recitals of solo and collaborative piano music, presented in Canada, the United States, and Europe consistently showcase new works she commissioned by Canadian composers including Ann Southam, Michael Miller, Alasdair Maclean, Anthony Genge, Richard Gibson and Martin Kutnowski. In 2009 she was honoured as one of 50 Ambassadors of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre — a lifetime distinguished achievement award given to outstanding Canadian performers and conductors who have played exceptional roles in shaping the Canadian music scene and raised the profile of Canadian music. A Certified Deep Listening Artist, Janet has taught this meditative listening practice at Mount Allison University as well as at other venues throughout Atlantic Canada. Forty of her published “Sackville Soundscapes” will be included in the book she is writing about the practice of Deep Listening. “Fly Me To The Moon”, Janet's bi-weekly two-hour radio series on CFTA 107.9 FM Tantramar Community Radio, regularly features new works by Canadian composers performed by Canadian artists.

Laurie Glenn Norris is a writer, a researcher and currently the Education and Outreach Manager of the Joggins Fossil Institute. She holds a B.A. from Saint Mary’s University; a B.Ed. from the University of Alberta, and a M.A. in art history from the University of Victoria.

Laurie has written two non-fiction books, Cumberland County: Facts and Folklore (Nimbus 2007), and Haunted Girl: Esther Cox and the Great Amherst Mystery (Nimbus 2012) which was a finalist for the 2013 Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing and is currently optioned for a feature film. Her first novel, Found Drowned, will be published by Vagrant Press in 2019.

Laurie lives in River Hebert, Nova Scotia, with her husband, Barry, a free-lance editor, their naughty cat, Riley, and lots of books.

Please note

The residency programme is contingent upon funding. Applicants will be notified as soon possible if the residency is not be to offered in a particular year.

For further information and to submit materials, contact:

Laurie Glenn Norris M.A.
Education and Outreach Manager
Joggins Fossil Centre
(902) 251-2727, ext 224 or

Published: 2016-05-05