Residencies 2021-2022

Call for Proposals from Newfoundland and Labrador-based Visual Artists 

Location: Port Union, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Duration: 3 to 5 weeks 

Slots: Between May 2021 and June 2022 

Supports: Accommodations, Kitchen, Workspace, Community Partnerships   

Artists’ Cost: Transportation, Food, Materials 

Deadline: February 15 2021, 23:59 Newfoundland Standard Time (+3:30) 

Notification: March 15 2021

*Please note that at this time we are only accepting applications from NL-based visual artists due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions. There may be additional calls later in 2021 for artists based outside the province. Our current 2021 schedule includes artists from out-of-province who may be postponed due to travel restrictions.*

Click here to download the application form


We respectfully acknowledge that the land we occupy is on the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk, and that Ktaqamkuk (the island of Newfoundland) is the ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq and Beothuk. We would also like to recognize the Inuit of Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut and the Innu of Nitassinan, and their ancestors, as the original people of Labrador. We recognize the colonial context of our settlement and its impact on our past, present, and future.

Union House Arts strives to build awareness, understanding, and allyship with Indigenous peoples and settlers across the province and Turtle Island (the land mass also known as North America).

UHA is currently accepting applications from Newfoundland and Labrador based visual artists for residencies between May 2021 and June 2022 which will provide studio space and additional support for professional artists. 

Applicant proposals are reviewed and evaluated by the UHA programming committee. When preparing your application, keep in mind that the UHA Artist-in-Residence program will place special emphasis on supporting projects that involve direct engagement with the community, whether through collaborative activities, participatory installations, site-specific intervention or other imaginative ways of sharing your practice.  The UHA Artist-in-Residence program provides selected artists with an opportunity to experiment with their practice, develop their focus or test new ideas in the unique historic district of Port Union. 

Areas of research that are particularly relevant include: visual culture, contemporary rurality, indigeneity, land and ocean resources, geology, tourism, and local community histories. 

During the residency period, there may be additional opportunities such as artist workshops, youth mentorships, studio visits, artist talks, or other special events. The UHA committee will work with selected artists to create residencies that support both the artist and the community’s development. 

While it is not expected that the applicant has an existing relationship with Port Union, the committee will consider the relevancy of the proposal in the context of Port Union when making their selections.




The artist apartments are on the second floor of the UHA building and at this time we do not have a lift. Studio space can be made available on the first floor and alternative living arrangements may be able to be arranged. There are accessible restrooms and a kitchen on the first floor. We currently do not have automatic doors, all of which must be manually opened. The front entrance has five steps from the main street. A ramp is currently under construction. 


The UHA committee speak and write fluently in English with limited speaking, reading, and writing knowledge of French. 

Events and Exhibitions 

The majority of our events and exhibitions are free or by donation. UHA fundraisers may be ticketed or pay-what-you-want. 


UHA will not tolerate discrimination or violent acts in any capacity.  This applies to all visitors, volunteers, staff, and artists-in-residence. 

UHA strives to be a welcoming and accessible space for all. We acknowledge that accessibility in a historic building will always be a work-in-progress. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the accessibility of the space prior to submitting your application.


Port Union can be accessed by car via Route 230 off the Trans Canada Highway, near Clarenville. It is approximately a 3.5 hour drive from St. John’s. If you do not have a vehicle, there is a daily taxi to and from St. John’s. Communities on the Bonavista peninsula are dispersed and having a vehicle during your residency would be beneficial to your residency experience but is not entirely necessary. 


  • 24-Hour oceanview studio access
  • Desk spaces
  • Electrical outlets
  • Free WiFi
  • Flexible use of second floor studio spaces and gallery space when not in use 
  • Projector and some sound equipment
  • UHA committee will provide support and consultation with Artist-in-Residence while developing community-engaged activities

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the studio space prior to submitting your application. 


  • Bedroom (double bed) and sitting room with ensuite bathroom (shower, sink, toilet) on second floor 
  • Linens provided, though you may choose to bring your own if you wish
  • Washer and dryer on site  
  • Shared kitchen on ground floor 

It is the responsibility of the artist to care for their living space during their time of their residency. This includes maintaining cleanliness of the artist’s apartment and all shared spaces. We have limited staff resources and your contribution to the upkeep of the space is important and much appreciated. 


Union House Arts (UHA) is a community artspace in Historic Port Union. Founded in 2016 by a small team of volunteers, UHA officially opened the doors of its gallery, studios, and community space in June 2019 in a restored heritage building owned by the Coaker Foundation with support from Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (Dept of TCII), Canadian Heritage, and the National Trust for Canada’s This Place Matters competition (2017).

UHA aims to build a thoughtful space for community residents and artists to work and share together; to expand ideas about what art can be, how and where it can be shown, and to create an environment that is accessible to people of all experiences and educations. The space is experimental in nature with a focus on place-based programming, knowledge building, and sharing.

Union House Arts operated as a sub-committee of the Coaker Foundation from 2017 until separating as an independent incorporated entity in 2020.

Please contact Jane Walker at unionhousearts[at] with any questions or concerns relating to your application.