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Opportunities for Artists

Find opportunities for artists including calls for public art, residencies, programming, exhibitions, and more.

Local Arts Residency

The Local Arts Residency at Kingston Grand Theatre helps local artists by providing space and support. It started in 2021 following the COVID-19 pandemic and now continues to run every year.

Our Arts and Culture services department manages the residency, operates the Kingston Grand Theatre and oversees the Grand OnStage program.  

2024 Artists-in-Residence

The 2024 Local Arts Residency selected three residency projects. Artists applied through an open call, and a jury of previous residency participants selected them.

The artists-in-residence are: 

  • Shanique Peart and Shenel Williams
  • Krista Muir
  • Chantal Thompson

 Artists-in-residence will receive in-kind use of a professional workspace in the Baby Grand featuring stateof-the-art equipment, professional support in technical production and an honourarium of $1,000.

Josh Lyon, Allen Bergeron, and Jay Middaugh recorded videos of all artists-in-residence at the Kingston Grand Theatre to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the artists and the work they created and explored. You can view all videos on the Kingston Grand Theatre YouTube channel.

Public art

We support the creation of public art by emerging and established artists through commissions and artist collaborations.

There are currently no public art opportunities at this time. Visit our Public Art page to learn more about current projects.

Poet Laureate

The Kingston Poet Laureate is a special position honouring the role of poetry and literature in Kingston. This program acknowledges Kingstonians who have accomplished great things in poetry and creates a voice for literature in our community.

There are currently no opportunities for poet laureate nominations. Visit our Poet Laureate page to learn more about the program.

Mayor's Arts Awards

The Mayor’s Arts Awards recognize outstanding artistic achievements and remarkable contributions to the arts.

Nomination for the Mayor's Arts Awards are currently closed. Visit the Awards page to learn more.

YGK Music Playlist

We put out yearly calls for local musicians to apply to be featured on our YGK Music Playlist.

We currently have no opportunities for musicians. Visit our Music page to learn more about the playlist.


The City of Kingston acknowledges that we are on the traditional homeland of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat, and thanks these nations for their care and stewardship over this shared land.

Today, the City is committed to working with Indigenous peoples and all residents to pursue a united path of reconciliation.

Learn more about the City's reconciliation initiatives.

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