ID: an infographic with a 1980's beach theme shows an illustration of a palm tree over a turquoise triangle in the background. Overtop in black block lettering it says "HEAT WAVES mini-residency program" below that in white block letters it reads "apply by june 2" in the lower right corner is Eyelevel's logo in white. 

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Call for Submissions: HEAT WAVES Mini-Residency Program


Eyelevel is accepting submissions for our annual summer local emerging artist residency program, HEAT WAVES. The residency will span from July 1st to 31st with the four successful artists in the shared studio room at 2482 Maynard Street (operated by Wonder'neath and The Blue Building Gallery). This program is specifically geared towards local early emerging and aspiring artists who haven't had a chance or who have not felt welcomed in artist-run centres and contemporary art spaces. 



  • Free 24-hour access to a large shared studio for the full month of August shared between three other artists. 
  • A budget of $400 for material fees 
  • Promotional support from our Summer Programming Assistant 
  • Access to Eyelevel’s Instagram account for a one-week takeover and the opportunity to informally present your work/practice through Eyelevel’s social media platforms  
  • A 1-year membership to Eyelevel which begins at the start of your residency  
  • Optional participation in a group artist talk at the end of the residency, paying a $500 (2024 CARFAC) presentation fee

This is meant to be a low-pressure residency. Meaning artists who apply are not expected to make finished work or hold an exhibition of any kind, but our staff will be here to help you get the word out about any shows, talks, or events that you would like to have. 

HEAT WAVES will have 4 available spots, which will all be from July 1st to 31st. 


HEAT WAVES will be “soft-juried,” we will be looking at applications with these values in mind: 

  • You have never shown artwork at Eyelevel 
  • You can work within the timeline of July 1st to 31st 
  • You do not have easy access to a studio, gallery or production space right now and during the time of the residency
  • Reside within the HRM and surrounding areas  
  • Priority is given to artists who identify as racialized, QTBIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, disabled, and/or artists who currently feel unable/unwelcome to access professional arts organizations. We encourage folks to self-identify if comfortable doing so.  

Use of Eyelevel’s studio is not required to participate in this program. However, this year we are encouraging the artists in residence to find ways to engage with each other during their time in residence. Eyelevel also cannot provide travel or accommodations for out-of-town artists.  



Submit your application by JUNE 2nd @ 11:59 PM ADT.  

Eyelevel wants to make applying for this program as easy as possible. Our default way to accept applications is through the Google form which  can be found by pressing the link

You can also apply by responding to the questions below in the following formats

  • Email us at with your answers in the body of the email, as a Word document (no pages files, please!), pdf, audio, or video file 
  • Respond to the questions below in a phone, Zoom or in-person interview
  • Visit our bookstore to pick up a paper application to fill out by hand

If you choose to apply in the form of a live interview, please send a request to do so by May 24th (call or text 902-425-6412, DM us or email us at with your request)


Submission guidelines:

Basic ID information: 

  • email address  
  • Name (one you go by) 
  • phone number 
  • pronouns 
  • Preferred communication method (email, phone call, text) 

Eligibility Check:

  • City/Province you live in
  • Will this be your first artist residency?
  • Have you worked with Eyelevel before?
  • Will you be able to participate (either in person or remotely) for the full month?
  • Are you able and willing to adhere to Eyelevel’s COVID-19 safety protocols found here:

Application Questions:

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself, what kind of art do you make? 
  • How would you like to use the space? If you are using a studio, what do you want to make, what materials do you need to use? 
  • How do you want Eyelevel to support you? - Are you looking for promotional support, feedback on your work, community involvement,etc?
  • Do you have any concerns about working out of Wonder’neath’s studios in a shared context? Are there any health needs or sensitivities that you would like us to accommodate? 
  • Are you interested in participating in the group artist talk? (this is not an evaluation question, just gathering info to help us plan)
  • Is there anything else that you would like to mention? 

Support Material:

  • Share a link to your website or social media platform, and/or send us items of support material (images, video, sound). Support material can be emailed to us or submitted directly through the Google form application. 
  • We can accept email attachments, links to file-sharing platforms like Google Drive, Dropbox or Wetransfer, or links to presentation platforms like Soundcloud, Vimeo or YouTube. 
  • If you are emailing us support material, please ensure that your name is in the body of the email and include your name in the filenames of any attachments. 

Feel for to send any questions to via email. You can also text or call 902-425-6412 Monday to Friday 10 am-5 pm. We can’t wait to hear from you! 



This program will take place at 2482 Maynard Street (see below for building access notes). We will use strategies such as setting up space agreements for discussions, making closed spaces, keeping conversations confidential, opening meetings with check-ins, doing follow-ups for emotional and artistic support, ensuring that volunteers and staff have received trauma first-response training, and having decompression spaces and meetings over full meals. We want to ensure everyone interacts with each other in a supportive and empathetic way.  

2482 Maynard Street is a wheelchair-accessible building. The building has visitor parking with reserved accessible parking spots. There are push-button door openers at the main entrances, and a button-operated lift to the second floor. The building has wide hallways and all doorways are a minimum of 36" wide. 2 non-gendered washrooms (one with a changing table) are located on the first floor, and 2 non-gendered washrooms without changing tables are located on the second floor. All washrooms have sharps containers, room for a wheelchair to turn, and grab bars. A quiet room is also located on the first floor. 2482 Maynard Street is a low-scent, all-ages, low-stimuli building. The second floor is not open to the public except for special events and is normally locked with a keypad entry.

Eyelevel requires all staff, program participants and visitors to wear masks in our space and at all Eyelevel events. Rapid testing before in-person events is highly encouraged. Eyelevel has HEPA filters and Corsi-Rosenthal boxes on-site to help limit airborne illnesses and allergens. Masking in the Wonder’neath project space is required during bookstore hours, however, other residents of 2482 Maynard are not required to mask upstairs in communal areas. HEAT WAVES residents may de-mask at the kitchen table for meals and there is outdoor eating space available, but must remain masked for their safety and the safety of others at all other times on-site, please no eating/drinking in your studio.  

Eyelevel’s access guide can be found here:
A living access document on 2483 Maynard by Wonder’neath can be found here: