Montreal Studios

In the building adjacent to the exhibition galleries, the Darling Foundry offers twelve creation studios, including inspiring workspaces for Montreal artists and high-quality live-in studios for international artists and curators. In addition, highly equipped production workshops, completely renovated in 2017, are available to the artistic community of Montreal. These harmonious and luminous spaces are distributed on the three floors of an old warehouse. The building was converted mindfully to preserve the original character of the building, its brick walls and its visible beams.

Of the twelve studios, nine are reserved for Montreal visual artists for professional purposes. The Montreal studios are offered for rent at modest prices for a period of two years, renewable for one year. The artists must commit to occupy their studio on a regular basis for the duration of their contract and participate in the collective life of the Darling Foundry in a spirit of openness, exchange and sharing.

The Darling Foundry team regularly organizes professional visits, open studio events, and various educational activities to develop the professional career of artists, awaken a wider audience to current artistic practices and foster direct contact between artists and their audiences.

In addition, the Darling Foundry is continuously developing and improving its studio sponsorship program, which covers an artist's studio fees for one year, complemented by a production grant. Initiated in 2006, this program creates a bond of trust and support between an artist and a sponsor - be it a museum institution, a corporate collection, or a private patron. Please note that the sponsorship program is independent from the selection of artists in studios and is not guaranteed under any circumstances.


DEADLINE : Octobre 15, 2018 (midnight, Montreal time) 

LEASE START DATE: July 1st, 2019

DURATION: 2 years, with a 1-year renewal

PRICE: 8 studios from 630 to 860sqft for 490$+tx/month; 1 studio of 535sqft for 415$+tx/month

The price includes: a 24/7 workspace, access to common areas (kitchen, living room, bathrooms), maintenance of common areas, access to production studios (wood and metal workshops, ceramic kiln, CNC machine), individual assistance and support by the Darling Foundry team, heating and electricity, as well as wireless high-speed internet connection.

ELIGIBILITY: All professional visual artists (or ones in the process of becoming professional) residing in Montreal or its vicinity, without limits in age or type of artistic practice, are eligible. Please take note that the program of Montreal studios is considered a long-term residency: during this 3-year residency, artists can participate in short-term residencies outside the Darling Foundry, for a maximum of 3 consecutive months, and a cumulative total of 4 months.

COMPONENTS AND SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS: Please download the application form and follow the instructions. Applications should be sent to the curator at the Darling Foundry, Ji-Yoon Han, by email at no later than the midnight (Montreal time) of October 15, 2018. A receipt confirmation will be sent within 5 working days after your application. Only complete applications will be evaluated by the Selection Committee.

EVALUATION CRITERIA: All files are evaluated by a Selection Committee comprised of members from the Darling Foundry team, as well as professionals independent of the institution. The selection criteria go as follows: artistic quality, potential impact of the Montreal Studio residency on career, variety of artistic practices represented, parity and diversity.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS: mid-December 2018. All applicants will be notified individually their results by email. We would appreciate if you reach out to us if and only if you have not received a response by December 5, 2018.

QUESTIONS: For any questions related to Montreal studios, please refer first to the Darling Foundry website. If you do not find answers to your question, do not hesitate to contact Ji-Yoon by email at