Chalmers Arts Fellowships support Ontario artists to undertake an investigation or examination of their artistic practice. The program provides support at a time in an artist’s career when a concentration on artistic growth will have the greatest impact on their long-term artistic development. Professional artists in all disciplines with an artistic practice of more than 10 years are eligible.
Note: The program does not support the creation and production of artwork.
This program is funded by the Chalmers Family Fund, established at OAC in 1979 with donations by Floyd. S. Chalmers, Jean A. Chalmers and M. Joan Chalmers.
Individual professional artists who:
Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.
Important: If you have received a grant in Chalmers Professional Development Projects or Chalmers Arts Fellowships you must complete the project and submit a final report before applying to Chalmers Arts Fellowships.
Projects in which the individual artist is taking a significant block of time to examine and investigate their artistic practice, without the responsibility of creating and producing artworks.
The project work plan must be:
Projects can take place in Ontario, Canada and/or internationally, and in a single location or multiple locations.
Examples of past Chalmers Arts Fellowships awarded:
The activity for which you are requesting funding:
Projects must last a minimum of six months, a maximum of 12 months and be completed within 18 months of receiving the funds. Grant payments are made in January.
If you receive a grant you must submit a final report upon completion of the project. See Terms and Conditions — receipt of OAC project grant funds for more information on reporting obligations. Complete and submit the report in Nova.
Final reports for this program require grant recipients to provide:
Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. You will be able to do this approximately two months before the deadline.
Before applying, you must:
Your application includes:
Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.
For information on how assessors rate applications see the Evaluation Rubric – Skills and Careers.
For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.
Permanent or semi-permanent faculty members of a college or university: Individuals who are tenured, tenured-stream, contractually limited or continuing.
Professional development: training/learning activities to broaden an artist’s knowledge, refine their artistic approach and/or allow them to acquire greater mastery of their art or professional practice above the basic level. Professional development includes mentorships (developmental relationships in which the mentor, a more experienced artist or elder, shares information, skills or knowledge), apprenticeships (temporary positions with professional artists or arts organizations that provide on-the-job training), classes and courses.
Artist-in-residence program: a program hosted by an institution or organization that provides access to the organization’s facilities. The program may contribute to the artist’s travel and accommodation costs, and meal allowance costs.
Applicant’s résumé: list of a person’s education, qualifications, professional activities and achievements; include location and date (year) for each item.
Informed consent template: a form to request permission from a person, before conducting interviews, to collect and/or disclose personal information from that person.