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Ross Creek Centre for the Arts

Emerging Program member

"We lived in the farm house and used the studios and galleries for creating our newest dance work. This was a highly enjoyable and fruitful experience. As a group who usually works in a city, under the constraints of time and space, working at Ross Creek was quite the opposite. Having virtually unlimited access to the studios, a willing and supportive staff and a quiet, inspiring environment to work in, proved to be very conducive to our creative process.” -Susann Chiu, Dancer

Residency and Colony
Both residencies and colony programs bring emerging and established artists of all disciplines and cultures together for 4-12 week retreats staying onsite in our 90 year old farmhouse and using our spectacular facilities.

Our colony is an experience where the visiting artist wishes to work without reference to the Centre’s wider community. There is usually only one moment where they will be asked to interact with the public during their stay, if appropriate. The identified project for the artist is paramount and their complete focus.

Our residency is project-based, but also provides many possibilities to interact with the community, as a teacher or mentor. Residencies see the artist engaging our community through programs developed in conjunction with our programming staff and administered by Ross Creek. We match artists’ interests and skills with the needs of our community to provide our rural community with the best possible experience. Sometimes, we accept residencies for a particular piece of art to be created at the Centre, especially large scale sculpture or garden works that can live in the landscape here. Our outreach and education programs bring professional colony artists together with our community.

We do have one summer cabin for a weaver, with a 48 inch Leclerc loom in the cabin


Artist Colony Submissions now being accepted for 2017-2018.
The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts invites visual, new media, musicians and other performing artists and craftspeople to submit proposals for the Ross Creek Centre artist colony. We invite submissions from artists from around the world and from all disciplines of performing and visual arts, literature, academic writing, fine craft, new media and architecture.

We accept applications year round and review them monthly on the 10th of each month.
The Ross Creek Centre provides great experiences for artists who wish to live in a retreat setting while in an artistic venue. Our Colony and Residency programs provide a spectacular rural environment along with the gifts of time and space to inspire talented artists of all disciplines. A Ross Creek Colony consists of use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for between four and eight weeks. Ross Creek Colony and Residency artist applicants are all interviewed by our colony director, then selected by a jury of peers who are familiar with Ross Creek and who represent different disciplines.

The Centre offers residencies to professional creative artists from all nations and backgrounds working in one or more of the following media: Dance, film, writing, theatre, music, visual art, performance art, photography, and video. Artists may apply individually or as members of collaborative teams. They are selected by panels of other professional artists. The residency and colony does cost $562.50 (CDN) per week for an individual artist (including all room, board, transport to and from airport and private studio) before any fellowship or bursaries, and we encourage all artists to apply and to discuss options if they require financial aid.

Residencies last from two weeks to four months. There is a fee of $565 per week, studio, accommodation, all food included. Work exchanges, fellowships, and financial aid possible.


Canning, Nova Scotia: Canada

The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts is based on 178 acres of field and forest, with walking and snowshoeing trails down to the Creek, and the possibility of a long trek to the beach on the Bay of Fundy. Our facilities include a farmhouse for artist accommodation, individual cabins and beautiful facilities with two large black box studios for performing artists and 5 other studios for other arts. 5 km to the nearest town, Ross Creek is a phenomenal place for focussed work in a magical setting. While we are rural, artists in residence also have easy access to a local university town with multiple cinemas, great food, farmers' markets and charm. For more information about the specific facilities, look here:

Contact Information

Box 190
Canning, B0P1H0
Tel: 902-582-3842