Seeking Bunker artists

CARP – Want to earn a reputation as an underground artist?

The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum is accepting applications for its Artist in Residence program.

The Diefenbunker; Canada’s Cold War Museum invites artists to submit applications for its 2020 artist residency. Established in 2014, the Diefenbunker Artist-in-Residence Program fosters connections between the museum, local artists, and the wider Ottawa community through the creation and presentation of art inspired by this National Historic Site and its history.

To date, the museum has proudly welcomed Carol WainioAnnette HegelAnna FrlanJesse StewartGail Bourgeois, and Pixie Cram as past Artists-in-Residence.

The museum welcomes one artist per year for a period of three to six months. The program is open to artists working in all media living within a 100 km of Ottawa. Works produced through the residency must have a connection to the Diefenbunker, the Cold War, or related themes.

The residency is not a live-in opportunity and artists must have their own means of transportation (there is no public transit to Carp). Artists are given full access to the museum, its library, collection and archives, and on-site work can be discussed.

The residency will culminate with an exhibition or a presentation of work completed during the residency as well as an artist-led tour of the exhibition or talk.

A CARFAC project fee will be paid to the artist.

To apply submissions should be sent digitally via to and must include the following:

  • A current CV (maximum three pages; please include your name, phone number, and email address).
  • An artist statement (maximum 500 words).
  • A clear and concise description of what you propose to do during the residency (maximum 1000 words).
  • 10 images of work completed in the last 10 years. Each image must be saved as a .jpg or .tiff at 72 dpi and be no larger than two MB. Use RGB with maximum 1,240 pixels (length or width). Files must be named with the image number, artist name, and title, each separated by an underscore:


  • Up to three tracks of audio or video clips of work completed in the last 10 years (maximum 10 minutes total). Files must be named with the track number, artist name, and title, each separated by an underscore.
  • A numbered list of the works indicating artist name, title, date, material, metric dimensions, and duration for audio or video samples.
  • Examples of support materials (maximum three).

Please include only the requested material in your proposal package. Packages that do not include all of the above will be deemed incomplete and may not be considered.

Applications must be received by midnight on Thursday, Dec. 19. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email. The selection will be done by committee and the successful applicant will be notified by Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.