VAM’s Creative Residency

VAM invites Mississauga emerging artists (18-29 years of age) to apply for VAM’s Creative Residency program. VAM’s Creative Residency (VCR) is an opportunity for emerging youth artists in Mississauga to participate in a 6 month exhibitions program with a focus on mentorship and professional development. Residents will be invited to access VAM’s art centre to develop their skills in art exhibition, education and engagement. The program, will invite established arts industry mentors to provide a network and constructive feedback on the residents’ artistic practice and goals.
APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE: VAM’s Creative Residency 2019 Application
DEADLINE December 8 2019
PROGRAM LENGTH Start December 16 End May 31 2019
Studio space meetings once a month in the VAM Art Centre
Three mentorship dinners to be announced after acceptance

• Artists 18-29 years of age may submit images of current artwork for consideration.
• Artists must be attending classes or residing in Mississauga for the duration of the program October 2019-June 2020.
• Artists may submit artwork demonstrating use of traditional and new media.
• All work submitted for consideration must be original and recent (2017-present).
• * Submissions may be 2-dimensional (painting, drawing etc), 3-dimensional works such as sculpture, installation, or multimedia (experimental or new media work is highly encouraged).
• Artists must provide a cover letter explaining their type of work and how you would benefit from the program.
• Artists will be notified of the exact program timeline at the time of acceptance.

Take a look at our previous Residents:
VAM’s Creative Residents 2018-19

Amrita Virdi

Amrita Virdi is a practicing artist. Amrita is inspired by the creativity and the confidence that young artists bring to the classroom. She focuses on infusing the same whimsical joy into her own work. Amrita’s experiments in art making have led her to merge together her love for painting and photography to create layers of imagery and tactile, thick paint. Amrita is interested in disrupting everyday images that stimulate our attention, with strange new colours and form that make one question what they are looking at.
Anran Guo

Anran Guo is an emerging artist and graduate of the Art and Art History program at University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. Anran primarily focuses on sculpture and installation, she tends to use found objects in her practice, her works usually are minimal and conceptual. Anran believes art is a language to express herself and to speak for the people whose voice cannot be heard.
Jenna Polla

Jenna Polla is a contemporary abstract painter born and raised in Mississauga. Her work embraces imperfection, as she creates abstract compositions layered in dramatic brushstrokes, interesting textures and muted colours. She has studied in Kingston, Ontario and Rome, Italy. Her work is featured in private collections in Canada and the US.

Sasha Shevchenko


Sasha Shevchenko is a multimedia artist, currently residing in Mississauga. Shevchenko often explores concepts of autobiographical intertextuality, the relationship between the body and the piece, and often references attributes of geology and neurological phenomena. She expresses these themes in a plethora of mediums, namely sculpture, installation, drawing as performance, and poetry. Her results often showcase an interaction between the artist and the process. Shevchenko currently studies sculpture and installation at OCAD University in downtown Toronto.

For more information or questions about the program, please email Eldiana Begovic at
This program is proudly supported and funded by the Ontario Arts Council.

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