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“the island is very accessible with a variety of places to go and things to do; from the  Black Sands Beach and nighttime photography to arctic alpine flora and fauna, there’s an abundance of opportunities” Lois Nuttall – Photographer AIR 2017

Applications are now closed for the 2019 Lighthouse season. Please check back in the new year.

Program Outline: The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program will operate for two month this summer at Porphyry Island Lighthouse and 4 qualifying artists will be provided with: transportation, room & board and studio/gallery space to develop art. The AIR program allows an artist to practice and share their art experience with visitors. Last year’s artists enjoyed for example: the black sands beach, Lake Superior and the dark night skies.

Call for Artists: The Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior Inc. (CLLS) is looking for artists who would like to create in a quiet, natural setting and who would be inspired by the experience. Whether you’re a writer, sculptor, painter, sketch artist, or practice other forms of art, CLLS encourages all interested artists to apply. 

The chosen Artist-in-Residents will be provided; transportation to-and-from Porphyry, food & lodging, along with studio & gallery space for a mutually agreed 2 weeks period. As a resident of the lighthouse your main responsibilities will be to share your work with visitors and at the end of the residency, artists will be asked to donate a piece of their work to be auctioned at the CLLS’s annual lighthouse fundraiser.

Residency Details: The residence will be in a shared setting with CLLS summer lighthouse staff and host keeper volunteers. The common areas/ kitchen is available so that everyone can eat together. Studio space will be in an area easily accessible by visitors and guests, so be prepared for drop-ins daily. Family, friends, and relatives, including pets may not stay overnight at the residence, but arrangements can be made to accommodate overnight requests at the guesthouse or camping areas. TBayTel (Rogers) provides cellular service and there is WiFi access onsite. There is limited power and artists are expected not to be reliant on computers and tablets to accomplish their work.

The Artist is responsible for obtaining their own equipment and materials. Artists are welcome to sell their art onsite, with a small commission paid to CLLS. Volunteers and staff are in place to facilitate some needs of the Artist-in-Resident but it is expected that everyone pitches-in, without being asked.

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

Step 1- create your cover letter

Step 2- answer questionnaire

Step 3- attach your resume, images, references and questionnaire

Step 4- send application  by Mar. 29, 2019


Create a cover letter to include:

  1. Description of what you will do as an Artist-in-Residence?
  2. Why you want to be an Artist-in-Residence? (200 words)
  3. Preferred dates? 
  4. Your contact info, email, phone number


Answer the following questionnaire:

  1. What are your qualifications as an artist, skill sets and background? (250 words)
  2. How will you engage daily with visitors? (100 words)
  3. Do you have any special needs or requirements? (food allergies e.g.)


Finally, Include with your cover letter:

  1. your resume
  2. attach images of your work
  3. questionnaire
  4. please include your surname in the saved file name (e.g. smith2.doc)


Applications are now closed for the 2019 Lighthouse season. Please check back in the new year.


Creatively perched on Point Porphyry Island rocks, Michel Dumont’s sculpture can be seen. Credit: Donny Wabasse.