The Call for Applications for the 2023 Nest Artist Residency is Open Now!



The call for applications for the 2023 Nest Artist Residency is open now!

What is radical love? Radical healing? Radical art?
How can your art change a world on fire?
What kind of art can do that? Who will make it? Will you?
Is it even possible? Imagine it was?

The Nest Artist Residency is the place to imagine that anything is possible. 
No idea is too small, or too silly or too insignificant – apply today!

Application Deadline: Monday, October 24, 2023



The Nest Artist Residency is a structured 8-month program (November 2022 – June 2023), that seeks to deepen the relationship between local new generation artists and the broader artistic community.

The goal of this residency is rooted in process, with a focus on risk taking, mistake-making, embracing failure as a step toward greatness, and exploring new ways of artistic expression that starts by asking ‘what do you need?’

This is an opportunity for directors, playwrights, poets, musicians, designers, divisors, and creators of all kinds looking for the necessary space and mentorship to cultivate ideas into works that are provocative, innovative, and ambitious.

Residency in the Nest involves a public presentation at In the Soil Arts Festival 2023 to showcase the work-in-progress that each resident creates over an 8 month period. We encourage individuals, duos and collectives to apply to the residency. If you have an idea, we want to hear from you! 


  • Professional development opportunities through one-on-one mentorship, arts-based workshops, monthly writing sessions and attendance at The Forum; a discussion series to inspire  meaningful exchanges and harmonious debate.
  • FREE use of The Green (Suitcase in Point’s studio space), to engage in a self-directed creation process of your choosing.
  • Networking opportunities with industry professionals and other artists in the Nest
  • Technical expertise, production, marketing and administrative support from SIP staff, in service of your artistic project
  • Opportunity to share your work at In the Soil Arts Festival, presented by Suitcase in Point.


  • Applicants must self-identify as an emerging artist aged 21+ 
  • Applicants must reside in the Niagara Region, unless they have accessible transportation (ie. A car or private jet) to the region.
  • Applicants must be individual artists or collaborative duos/teams/small ensembles under the leadership of a single applicant.
  • Only one application per artist or collective. 
  • Applicants may not apply as an individual AND be part of a simultaneous collective application. 
  • Applications may not apply as part of multiple collectives.
  • Note: For the application form, applicants must have a Google account to be able to upload files to the form. If you do not have or are unable to create a Google account, please email for an alternative method to share files with us.
  • All applications must be received no later than the deadline of 11:59pm on Monday 24 October, 2022 to be eligible for consideration.


Reach out to us!

Sodienye Waboso Amajor (Arts Mentorship Program Director):

Kaylyn Valdez-Scott (Artistic Associate):



Taking place over eight months (November 2022 – June 2023), The Nest Residency will offer a select number of emerging artists an opportunity to develop a creative impulse throughout a series of in-person and on-line workshops, meetings and discussions.  

Suitcase in Point will work with each artist to connect them with a dream-mentor to help in the development of their work.

Throughout the eight months artists will be offered a series of artist-led workshops, forum discussions and facilitated group writing nights. (approx. 2 sessions / month)

Each artist will have the opportunity to show their work at In the Soil Arts Festival 2023, to share work and test ideas. This showcase could be in the form of a workshop presentation, reading, conversation, game – you name it – nothing is off limits.
This residency is rooted in process and not product, with the belief that each artist’s journey is never a straight line. Suitcase in Point wholeheartedly supports experimentation along the way. 

Note: All in-person sessions will be in adherence with all public health guidelines.