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Emerging Artist in Residence

posted May 4th, 2022

Application Period Closed, check back spring 2024

Applications due May 24th, 2022.
Successful candidates will be contacted by June 6, 2022.

2 positions available, 1 position designated for a racialized artist

The Emerging Artist-In-Residence (EAiR) positions are aimed at emerging dance or movement-based artists to develop and expand their creative practice while gaining valuable administrative and career development skills. This is a term position running for eight weeks between June-Sept. 3, 2022 (dates to be determined with the candidates). Note: one position is designated for a racialized artist.

Each EAiR will design and implement an eight-week residency project that includes creative work, administrative work, and community engagement activities, with support from Mocean’s staff. The direction of the creative work could involve creation of a new work, development of artistic practices or other ideas. The EAiR will also develop and implement community engagement activities aligned with their residency such as: classes, workshops, discussions, etc. Engagement activities that involve or support people/communities underserved by dance are encouraged. The residency may also  be used to support career development activities such as grant writing, portfolio building, etc.

This residency is open to all emerging artists working in any genre of dance, or movement or body-based art practice.  The EAiR will have access to studio space at Halifax Dance or may work outside or in other spaces. Formal mentorship from Mocean’s Co-Artistic Directors and/or additional mentors may be sourced to support the artists’ directives and goals for the residency. A small budget is available to use for expenses such as mentor or artist fees. The position is flexible and is shaped by the interests and needs of the successful candidates.

Position details:
  • 2 positions available; 
  • one position is designated for a racialized artist (self-identified);
  • artists may co-apply to work together on one project, as long as at least one artist self-identifies as racialized;
  • Eight weeks between June-Sept. 3, 2022  (to be determined with the candidates)
  • 30 hr/week at $20/hour
  • The EAiR positions are partially funded by the Canada Summer Jobs Program. To qualify for this position candidates must
  • self-identify as an emerging artist;
  • be between the ages of 15 and 30 at the start of employment;
  • be a permanent resident of Canada;
  • be legally entitled to work in Nova Scotia

We welcome and strongly encourage people from all communities and intersecting identities to apply. Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, folks with disabilities, and diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions (LGBTQ2S+).


The application form includes short written responses, supplying 1-3 video links of your work, and the option to attach a C.V. (not required).  Co-applicants may submit one application, with information about both applicants.

PLEASE NOTE: If the application form is not an accessible format, you may apply in another form, such as a written letter, video or audio recording (max. 10 minutes for video/audio recordings). Alternatively, applicants may request a short 15-minute video call, with Mocean’s Co-Artistic Directors responding to the application questions and recorded to share with the selection panel.

For information or application assistance please email

To view the full position description, including details of our selection process, click the PDF below.