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Applications are not being accepted for the 2021 due to pandemic. Please try again for the 2022 Season.



The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program will operate for the summer at Porphyry Island Lighthouse and 4 qualifying artists will be provided with transportation, room & board and studio/gallery space to develop their art. The AIR program allows an artist to practice and share their art experience with visitors. Last year’s artists enjoyed the black sands beach, Lake Superior, the isolation 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 with transportation to-and-from Porphyry, food & lodging, along with studio & gallery space for a mutually agreed 2 week period (note you are responsible to find your way to Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada). 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-off at the CLLS’s annual lighthouse fundraiser.


Residency Details: The residence will be in a shared setting with CLLS summer lighthouse staff and volunteer host keepers. The common area/ 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 LIMITED WiFi access onsite. There is limited power and artists are expected not to at all 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.


“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

Application Process: In order to qualify for the AIR program, interested artists are required to submit the following documents and samples by  creating a cover letter, answering a questionnaire, attaching a resume with images and references.

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? (see sessions below)
  4. Your contact info, email, phone number

Answer the following questions:

  1. What are your qualifications as an artist, skill sets and background? (250 words)
  2. How will you engage daily with visitors young and old? (100 words)

Finally innclude with your cover letter:

  1. your resume
  2. attach & save all image with surname, image number e.g. smith.24.jpg
  3. answers to the above two questions
  4. include your surname in the saved file name (e.g. smith.doc)
  5. send application to
  6. deadline 

Preferred Dates

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Artist: Michel Dumont . Credit: Donny Wabasse.