Every year KIRA awards eighteen artists with a one month residency. Artists are provided with individual studio space, comfortable housing, two prepared meals each day, a stipend and live on a historic property in a beautiful seaside town. Artists should bring all supplies and materials needed for their creative process, to ensure availability of required supplies and provisions. As part of the residency, artists will be asked to engage with the community for up to six hours a week. These engagements will vary based on skills and interest and can include a partnership with Kingsbrae Garden which is located just steps away from the residence and studios.


Applications are open to a range of disciplines and types of artists including but not limited to the visual arts, music/composition, writing, new media, and interdisciplinary arts. Artists from all levels in their career who exhibit a strong professional work ethic and a collaborative attitude are encouraged to apply.


Program details and support

  • One month of free studio space in a freestanding 300-square foot studio equipped with WiFi.

  • Awarded stipend of $1,500 (CAD) per month.

  • Private bedroom/bathroom in a well-maintained historic property located steps away from the studio.

  • Up to 6 artists living on-site.

  • Two meals a day  (breakfast and lunch).

  • Audience engagement opportunities.

  • Access to Kingsbrae Garden and KIRA's public amphitheatre events.

  • Scheduled access to: non-toxic printmaking equipment (portable proofing press suitable for linoblock, woodcut, and letter set printing, range of typeset), ceramics equipment (pottery kick-wheels, medium sized kiln, outdoor gas fired kiln), wood shop (chop saws, table saws, planer, clamps, etc.), mechanical shop with a range of basic hand tools and resources.

  • Artists will be responsible for covering costs associated with the purchase of materials, shipment of artwork/supplies, travel costs and other living expenses including supplemental food.

  • Artists will participate in Open Studios for the public each Saturday from 10am-1pm.

  • An end of residency Art Exhibit of the body of work completed during the residency month will take place in the final week of each residence.

    DATES: May 22nd - June 18th / June 22nd - July 20th / August 4th - August 31st

Artist in Residence Program


Open calls & deadlines

Artist in Residence Program 

We will accept applications for our summer 2021 Artist in Residence Program in the fall of 2020. Please contact us at kira@kingsbraegarden.com if you would like to be added to our mailing list.

Selection Process

- Artists will be selected using a panel review process. The following criteria are considered: overall merit of work, readiness to engage with the community, potential to develop creative practice, influence by the location, and statistical data including career level, and geographic location.

- References of finalists will be contacted.

- A 30-minute (max.) Skype call between the finalists and program administrators will be conducted as part of the selection process.

Application requirements

- Artist statement (250-word limit).

- Resume or CV (3-page maximum).

- Responses to following open-ended questions (1250-word limit overall):


  • Tell us about you and your work and why this residency would be important to you at this time in your career?

  • What do you expect to accomplish during your four-week residency?

  • Describe how your artistic inquiry may or may not be supported by the location of the residency and public interactions with the community?

  • Artists are expected to engage with the community through weekly open studios (On Saturdays, with a duration of three hours, walk-in basis) and an artist talk and exhibit in the final residency week. Describe how you would share your weekly progress and final artist experience with the visiting public?

- Contact info for three professional references (name, email, phone number and relationship).

- Portfolio of work (5 to 10 forms of documentation).  
NOTE for writers* Portfolio of work for writers (4 examples – 500-word limit per excerpt).

- $10 (CAD) Application fee.


Boutique writing retreats

With Facilitators Roger Moore and Geoff Slater

October 6 - 12, 2019

$1250 per person - including:













For inquiries or to book, contact us at kira@kingsbraegarden.com
130 Prince of Wales Street, St. Andrews NB

- A six night accommodation

- Breakfast and dinner

- Creative theory discussions

- Writing, painting and/or drawing        workshops

- A private 26' x 20' artistic studio

- One-on-one sessions with the facilitators

- Round the table artistic discussions and readings

The Art of Writing and the Nature of Creativity

KIRA Boutique Writing Retreats

The Art of Writing and the Nature of Creativity: KIRA Boutique Writing Retreats offer a unique series of small group (maximum 5 residents) artistic encounters within the glorious surroundings of the KIRA Residence. These boutique writing retreats include one-on-one interviews with each of the facilitators, small group workshops (writing, drawing, painting, and general creativity), lively meal time discussions, evening readings, and a daily creative talk. The secret of these unique KIRA Boutique Writing Retreats is the unbeatable ratio of participants to facilitators within a small, welcoming artistic community, combined with their focus on the nature of creativity.

Your KIRA Boutique Writing Retreat will offer you the joys of the award-winning gardens at Kingsbrae, special events at the Kingsbrae Gardens, the beauties of the resort town of St. Andrews, and the outstanding food of the Kingsbrae Garden Café. As a participant, you can enjoy the solitude of your 26’ x 20’ artistic studio in between the artistic discussions and workshops directed by our expert facilitators.

This fall, KIRA will be offering one KIRA Boutique Writing Retreat. The retreat will run from Sunday afternoon to Saturday morning. Additional retreats may be added if there is sufficient demand.

How to apply:


Applications and enquiries should be directed to KIRA’s Art Program Coordinator, Masha Schenkel, by e-mail; kira@kingsbraegarden.com. An application should include a brief bio (maximum 250 words) and a short writing sample (maximum 500 words).


The KIRA Boutique Writing Retreats cost $1250 for a residency and include:


  1. A six-night accommodation in the beautiful KIRA residence (one person per room with en suite).

  2. Two meals a day (breakfast and dinner).

  3. Creative theory discussions (every morning) and Painting / Drawing and / or Writing Workshops every afternoon (Monday to Friday).

  4. A private 26’ x 20’ artistic studio for your own creativity.

  5. One-on-one sessions with the facilitators (by arrangement).

  6. Round-table artistic discussions at mealtimes.

  7. Evening talks and open reading sessions from works in progress.


Roger Moore [ http://stu-sites.ca/nble/m/moore_roger.html ]

(PhD, Toronto), Professor Emeritus of St. Thomas University, 3M National Teaching Fellow (2000), and Atlantic Association of Universities Distinguished Teacher (1996), is an award-winning poet and short story writer with 30 books and chapbooks to his name. He was KIRA resident artist in June 2017.      

Geoff Slater, [ http://www.geoffslater.com/ ]

Visual artist, the inventor of line-painting, installation artist, and long time Artistic Director, Kingsbrae and KIRA.


The Art of Writing and the Nature of Creativity

Our vision follows that of Lucinda Flemer, the founder of Kingsbrae Garden and the Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (KIRA). It includes the following elements:


  1. To create an ongoing artistic community in which each participant will explore and develop their creative understanding and techniques through exercises in writing, drawing, and painting.

  2. To explore our views of the natural world around us and discuss the different theoretical and practical ways in which we can see and interpret that world.

  3. To develop creative artistic techniques (drawing, painting, writing) that will help expand each participant’s vision of reality.

  4. To move (via automatic writing, surrealism, and meditation) from the imitation of nature to the inner worlds from which we write and to help each participant express their own inner world with its unique vision and voice.

  5. For us, as the poet Jonathon Swift once wrote, "Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others." 


Note: Participants in the KIRA teaching and learning retreat communities are welcomed at all stages of artistic development, from beginner to expert.

Participant testimonials:


“The mix of talent and style of the course leader was surprisingly excellent. They were knowledgeable, encouraging, and, most importantly, talented.”


“I got more than expected.”


“The facilities were top-notch.”


“What did I like? The welcoming atmosphere, the first-class teaching, the flow of each day, the community growth, the personal sessions, one on one, and the group time.”


“I appreciated the patient, step-by-step teaching … giving each of us a chance to learn and be ‘more’ successful than ever before, in a new creative venue.”


“A complete privilege to be at this event.”


“The time spent here has enriched my life in so many ways.”


“Everything was excellent and brilliantly done.”


“So much knowledge to soak up, so little time.”


“Our facilitators, mentors, guides, and sometimes confidants, were just amazing. I could not have asked for better.”


130 Prince of Wales Street

St. Andrews, NB E5B 1R3​

Phone: +1 (506) 529-8281

Email: kira@kingsbraegarden.com

Kingsbrae Garden Website

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