Residency Details:

The residence will be in a shared setting with CLLS summer lighthouse staff and volunteer Host Keepers. The common area/kitchen is available so that everyone can eat together. Studio space will be in an area easily accessible by visitors and guests, so be prepared for drop-ins daily. Family, friends, and relatives, including pets may not stay overnight at the residence, but arrangements can be made to accommodate overnight requests at the guesthouse or camping areas. TBay-Tel (Rogers) provides cellular service and there is LIMITED Wi-Fi access onsite. There is limited power and artists are expected not to be reliant on computers and tablets to accomplish their work.

The Artist is responsible for providing their own equipment and materials. Artists are welcome to sell their art onsite, with a small commission paid to CLLS. Volunteers and staff are in place to facilitate some needs of the AIR but it is expected that everyone pitches-in, without being asked.

“The island is very accessible with a variety of places to go and things to do; from the Black Sands Beach and nighttime photography to arctic alpine flora and fauna, there’s an abundance of opportunities”

Lois Nuttall – Photographer

The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program will not operate for the 2021 summer at Porphyry Island Lighthouse due to Covid-19. Normally four qualifying artists would be provided with transportation, room and board and studio/gallery space to develop their art. The AIR program allows an artist to practice and share their art experience with visitors. Last year’s artists enjoyed the Black Sands beach, Lake Superior, the isolation and the dark night skies.

Call for Artists:

CLLS will be looking for artists for the 2022 season who would like to create in a quiet, natural setting and who would be inspired by the experience. Whether you are a writer, sculptor, painter, sketch artist, or practice other forms of art, CLLS encourages all interested artists to apply.

The chosen AIR will be provided with transportation to and from Porphyry Island, food and lodging, along with studio and gallery space for a mutually agreed upon 2 week period (note you are responsible for your transportation to/from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada). As a resident of the lighthouse, your main responsibilities will be to share your work with visitors and at the end of the residency, artists will be asked to donate a piece of their work to be auctioned-off at the CLLS’s annual lighthouse fundraiser.

Application Process:

In order to qualify for the AIR program, interested artists are required to submit the following documents and samples:

  • a cover letter,

  • a completed questionnaire,

  • a resume with images and references.

The cover letter should include:

  1. A description of what you will do as AIR.

  2. Why you want to be an AIR. (Max. 200 words)

  3. Preferred dates.

  4. Your contact info including: email, telephone number and emergency contacts.

In your submission package, please answer the following questions:

  1. What are your qualifications as an artist? (skill sets and background) (Max. 250 words)

  2. How will you engage daily with visitors, young and old? (Max. 100 words)

Include with your cover letter:

  1. Your resume

  2. Attach and save all images with surname, image number e.g. smith.24.jpg

  3. Answers to the above two questions

  4. Include your surname in the saved file name (e.g. smith.doc)

  5. Send your application to:

  6. Deadline: To be determined early in 2022