Residency Application Form

Updated July 29, 2020 @ 12:44 pm

The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to offer a unique residency opportunity for makers of fine craft. Studio space is available at the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation in St. John’s, NL.

The Quidi Vidi Village Plantation is an incubator with the goal of establishing full time, professional craft businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador. This supportive and creative environment for emerging craftspeople works to advance their skills along an individualized path of development.

The Craft Council is inviting applications from makers interested in renting studio space at the Plantation. Timing of the residency as well as studio size is flexible, and we are eager to expose Plantation artisans to the diversity of experience which an incoming Maker in Residence can bring.

Residency features:

  • Studio space in the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation
  • Your choice of studio size:
    • Second floor, 120 square feet, in-studio running water, storage, work surface
    • Main floor, ** square feet
  • Flexible timing: spaces are available for 2 – 12 months.
  • Studios do not contain equipment or furniture; however, access to shared equipment is possible. (Industrial sewing machine, industrial serger and kiln are on site.) There are chairs and tables on site.
  • Studio access between the hours of 8 am and 11 pm daily
  • The possibility of an opportunity to offer a short term workshop(s), with compensation at CARFAC rates
  • The possibility of an end of residency exhibition
  • Assistance with finding accommodations in St. John’s
  • International applicants welcome; facility in English advisable

Residency requirements:

  • Rental fees: Second Floor Studio – $300/month, plus HST. Main floor studio – $500/month, plus HST. Liability insurance included in rental fee.
  • A commission on all in-studio sales of 20%.
  • An artist talk, open to the public, and organized by the Plantation
  • Presence in the studio during public hours
  • Interaction and sharing of experience with the Plantation artisans
  • Interaction with the visiting public

Decisions regarding the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation will be made based on calibre of work, the perceived value of the resident’s experience to the emerging artisans and the ability of the resident to talk with the public. Applicants are advised to visit the Plantation website at for information, and images of the facility.

Those interested in being considered for a residency at the Plantation should submit the following:

  • A completed application form
  • A current cv
  • Up to six images of current work
  • Two professional references

Applications should be sent to Melissa Tarrant at


For your information, we provide the following information about the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation

  • A 4600 square foot, fully accessible two-story building
  • Ten individual studio spaces of approximately 120 square feet each
  • All second floor studios have running water, separate ventilation, and a window
  • Large skylights to provide plenty of natural light
  • Studio spaces designed for interaction with the public
  • Separate shared workspace for larger projects and equipment
  • Main Floor gift shop has been set up in 2020 to aid in selling artisans work
  • Open atrium exhibition space
  • Elevator access to second floor
  • Public washrooms
  • High-speed wireless internet
  • Shared point of sale system for credit/debit card sales
  • There is no open flame allowed in the building. There is also a strict no pets and no alcohol policy.
  • Craftspeople supply all of their own tools, equipment, furniture and supplies.

Studio spaces at the Plantation are normally open to emerging artisans wishing to establish full time professional craft studios in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Plantation is managed by a partnership of the Anna Templeton Centre for Craft, Art and Design and the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Quidi Vidi Village Plantation is a public space, open to visitors five days a week from April through December, with shorter hours in the winter months. Studios are open fronted, and visitors are invited to ask questions about products, tools and techniques. Sales are encouraged. Visitor numbers are high during the summer months, and applicants should consider this when selecting a residency term.

Applications may be mailed or dropped off during business hours
OR via email:

The Quidi Vidi Village Plantation is an inspiring place to work. Here’s how Tourism NL describes the space:

“Standing on its own picturesque wharf in an iconic fishing community, the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation is a craft enterprise incubator for emerging artists and a destination for those wishing to explore a unique corner of the oldest cities in North America. Built to reflect the fishing stages and fish plants of the 1600’s the Plantation welcomes visitors to watch, interact with and support local craftspeople as they produce unique handmade items in a wide variety of mediums.”

File Download:
QVVP Residency Application
Online Form:
Online Form

Residency Application Form

Online Form

Please include the following items to complete your submission package:

1) A current resume and/or artist CV; artist statement if you have one
2) Two professional or educational references from people who know your work and can attest to your ability to have your own business. This might be a current or previous instructor, a craftsperson in a related field, an employer, or another individual involved professionally with the craft industry. References should not be from family members (including spouses or partners). Applicant must provide reference letters by interview date.

Upon review of your application, physical samples of your work, as well as prototypes and illustration for new ideas may be requested.

Please answer the following questions as fully as possible. Please be clear and concise in your answers. It’s a good idea to provide typewritten answers on additional pages, as the space provided here is limited. Long winded answers are not encouraged.

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