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Program Outline: The new Artist in Residence (AIR) program will operate for 1-2 weeks at Porphyry Island Lighthouse located 15km east of Silver Islet, on Black Bay. The AIR program allows a sponsored artist to; practice their art, share their art with visitors, sell their work, and donate a piece of art to be used for future lighthouse fundraising. The chosen artist will be provided with: transportation to and from the island, living accommodations and studio/gallery space.

Call for Artists: Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior Inc. (CLLS) is looking for artists who would like to use the unique, quiet, natural setting of Porphyry Point Island Lighthouse as an inspiration to develop their art. Whether you’re a writer, sculptor, painter, sketch artist, photographer or practice other forms of art. The application process involves the presentation of a small portfolio of work to be judged by a selection panel of CLLS Board and your peers. Chosen candidates will be provided with: transportation to-and-from the Island, accommodations in the staff quarters at the lighthouse, along with studio/gallery space for a mutually agreed period between 1-2 weeks during the summer season. As a resident at the lighthouse your daily responsibilities will be to; share your work with visitors and possibly provide a short art lesson/workshop for visiting children and family groups. At the end of the residency, artists will be asked to donate a piece or part of their work to be auctioned off at our annual Lighthouse Fundraising Dinner. Currently there is only one position open, but CLLS is entertaining future possibilities as the program develops, and more funds become available.

Application Process: In order to qualify for the AIR program interested artists are required to submit the following documents and samples:

  • A cover letter outlining preferred dates of residency, a brief (250 word) description of what you are planning while in residence, and a short paragraph outlining why you want a residency at Porphyry Island Lighthouse.
  • A completed questionnaire consisting of  your: qualifications as an artist, skill set, and background.
  • Photographs of your recent work, and if you are a writer, then five pages of previous published work.

All applications are to be submitted via email on or before the deadline May 20th 2016. Having an Artist in Residence is dependent upon CLLS finding a sponsor to fund the program. The application form is available below, simply cut and paste into your email window, complete and email with your attachments. The invitation to apply and details about the application process will be sent out to all Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior members.

Residency Details: Your private accomodations will be in a house shared with lighthouse staff and the occasional volunteer. The common areas and kitchen are shared spaces and it is hoped that staff will share meals together. Studio space will be in an area easily accessible by visitors and guests, so be prepared for drop-ins (average 15 visitors per day). Family, friends, and relatives, including pets may not stay at the residence but arrangements can be made to accommodate overnight requests for a fee at either the guesthouse or provided camping area. TBayTel cellular service and periodic WiFi access will be available onsite. The artist is responsible for obtaining his or her own equipment and materials. Artists are welcome to sell their art as long as a 15% commission is paid to CLLS. Our summer staff will provide a recommended clothing/gear list and orientation package. The Artist in Resident’s main point of contact will be a designated CLLS Board Member. For any question please email us.


Copy and paste text into your email window, fill out the form and email to , with your required attachments.


Create a cover letter telling us what dates you would be available (between July 4th. and August 24th.) and also include the following details.

A description of what you are planning to do while in residence and outlining why you want a residency at Porphyry Island Lighthouse? (200 words)

Sign and address the letter with your contact information and phone number.

Attach a copy of your resume.


Completed the following questionnaire:

What are your qualifications as an artist, skill sets and background? (250 words)

How might you engage with our daily visitors? Showcase your work? Provide youth with a simple arts lesson? (100 words)

Do you have any special needs or requirements?

Please attach images, or some pages of published work (if you are a writer).

Please provide two references.