The Local Arts Residency provides space and support to Kingston’s performing artists to explore ideas, create and nurture new directions in their work. The Residency was established in 2021 in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the performing arts, and to expand City investment in local artist development. It is now an annual program that supports local performing artists and enhances the Kingston Grand Theatre as an artistic community hub.  

In its inaugural year, nine artists-in-residence were selected and through their collaborations while in residence, over 60 local artists participated in the program. Videos were created to document the residencies, and they can be viewed on the Kingston Grand Theatre YouTube channel

Learn more about the City’s Local Arts Residency program on the City of Kingston websiteApplications for the 2022 Local Arts Residency closed on March 25, 2022. Results will be announced in mid-May. 

Michael Duguay, 2021 artist-in-residence with Jason Mercer
Michael Duguay, 2021 artist-in-residence with Jason Mercer. Photo by Josh Lyon

Jenny Pedler 
Program Coordinator 
Arts & Culture Services, City of Kingston