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Digital Arts Residency in Twillingate


The Digital Arts Residency in Twillingate (DART) is an exciting program developed through the Unscripted Twillingate Digital Arts Festival. The artist residency program gives practicing artists in digital media the time, space and freedom to make art while living in the historic town of Twillingate during the summer.

Artists in residence are provided a place to live and work, a contribution towards supplies, mentorship, connections, and the opportunity for community engagement. Emphasis is placed on the importance of immersion in the local culture and artists are expected to engage with the community. 2020 launched the start of the program and artist ideas and outreach plans were adapted to COVID-19 restrictions.

Call for Applications

Two artists will be selected for residencies of two months. The first residency will take place from 1 June – 31 July 2021, and the second residency will take place from 1 August – 30 September 2021. As part of the residency, both artists will have the opportunity to present their work at the Unscripted Twillingate Digital Arts Festival beginning 16 September 2021.

The nature of community engagement will be determined by the artist in consultation with the host and may include, but will not be limited to: open studios, artist talks, a youth camp, film screenings, or workshops (for all ages). The host will work closely with the artists to adapt outreach ideas to COVID-19 restrictions.


  • Due to current travel restrictions, applicants must be residents of Atlantic Canada. Applicant eligibility may change depending on travel and health restrictions in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Both emerging and established artists utilizing digital technology (e.g., video, animation, digital photography, interactive gaming platforms, virtual reality experiences, video-mapping, site-specific apps, and internet-based works) are encouraged to apply. 

  • Comfortable living space and studio space at 147 Main St, Twillingate
  • Promotion of the artist and their work through the host’s network
  • $250/week stipend for living expenses
  • A contribution to materials and supplies
  • Reliable internet access
  • Establishment of a web archive of the artist’s work produced during the residency

    Please submit the following:

  • A resume with an outline of education and related experience
  • Application Form – download here
  • Portfolio of work (at least 5 samples of relevant work – image files or links to video clips/audio files)
  • Artist statement: description of the basis of the artist’s practice framed within the larger digital arts context (max 1000 words)
  • Summary of proposal: a description and execution plan for the proposed project including timeline, description of medium(s), and discussion of the artist’s knowledge of these mediums
  • A description of how the proposed project will be integrated into the Unscripted Twillingate Digital Arts Festival and engage with the local community
  • Three professional references
  • An external jury will select the artists based on the artistic merit of the applications and the best fit with the program.

    Application deadline: Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 5:00pm

     Submit application materials to:


    2020 Artists in Residence

    Pierre LeBlanc Digital Arts Resident Twillingate
    Pierre’s practice is the contemporary digital expression of sound art. It involves accumulating sensory data and transforming it with the use of effects, loops and layers. Pierre’s work generates from a simple act: selecting an auditory stimulus, making it audible by playing it, then building a structure around it intuitively. This stimulus can be texture, rhythm, voice or noise. The process is the product.




    David Downton, Digital Arts Residence TwillingateDavid is a multimedia video artist with a background in filmmaking, 2D and 3D animation, glitch art, and photography. David’s work involves experimenting with and discovering new visual techniques by combining old obsolete analog hardware with modern digital technology. His practice is driven by a passion for discovering new processes, dissecting every pixel and reverse-engineering things to figure out new techniques, producing digital art as a byproduct of this learning process.