Cotton Factory Artist Residency

A 3-month rotating artist residency for Emerging Artists

THE HAMILTON ARTS COUNCIL RESIDENCY PROGRAM  is a 3-month rotating artist residency in The Cotton Factory. This valuable opportunity provides artists from a wide range of disciplines and career levels to build their practice. Participating artists are encouraged to use their time to experiment, develop new ideas and learn new skills in addition to forming meaningful ties with their fellow artists in residence and Cotton Factory tenants. The participating artists will be required to deliver an artist talk and open house during the final week of their residency.

The Cotton Factory is a creative community in the heart of lower Hamilton. This former industrial building from 1900 is a prime example of adaptive reuse. It has been transformed from a cotton mill into a creative industries complex, with space for workshops, galleries, office space for creative professionals and studios for artists.  The Cotton Factory continues to demonstrate, ongoing commitment to fostering emerging artist practices as well as their continued contribution to Hamilton’s flourishing contemporary art community.

The studio is located on the second floor of the Storehouse Building at the Cotton Factory (270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: March - June 2019 Residency

The Hamilton Arts Council is pleased to announce their latest call for submissions from local visual artists to participate in their popular Cotton Factory Artist in Residence Program taking place from March to June of 2019.


Please provide the following information:

  • Letter of intent/ project proposal (500 words max)
  • Short Biography (100 words max)
  • Artist Statement (350 words max)
  • Curriculum Vitae (3 pages max)
  • 10 images (max) in JPEG format or links to youtube or vimeo files

Results will be communicated shortly after the deadline. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only the successful applicant will be notified. Please send applications in a single email to

DEADLINE for SUBMISSION is: January 15th, 2019

Please include Cotton Factory Residency Application in the subject line of your email.

* Please note you must be a member of the Hamilton Arts Council in order to be considered for this opportunity.




Nick La Rocca & Keira McArthur

The Hamilton Arts Council is pleased to announce artists Nick La Rocca and Keira McArthur as the recipients of the Hamilton Arts Council’s newest Cotton Factory Artist in Residence Program taking place from December 2018 to February 2019.

We are also excited to also announce a new partnership with the Women’s Art Association who have generously donated a $250 bursary, in support of their mandate and mission statement, Working to Advance Women in Art.  The bursary will be awarded to Keira McArthur to be put towards materials.

Nick La Rocca is an award-winning artist and illustrator from Hamilton interested in sequential, conceptual, and experimental art. He graduated from Sheridan College and now works as a fine artist and freelance illustrator. Nick has had solo and group exhibitions in Hamilton, Oakville, Mississauga, and Toronto. Living his entire life in Hamilton, Nick enjoys encoding Hamilton subject matter and mythology into his work.

Keira McArthur is a visual artist and performer whose exhibitions include interactive performance art, live music, and a synthesized re-interpretation of the whole process in book form. She has been in solo and group exhibitions across Ontario and been trained at such institutions as Wilfrid Laurier University, OAC/Royal Conservatory, Sheridan College, York University, and the Mary Schneider School of Fine Arts.



April – June 2018 Residency Recipients
Stylo Starr and Tanya Denyer

The Hamilton Arts Council is pleased to announce artists Stylo Starr and Tanya Denyer as the recipients of the Hamilton Arts Council’s, Cotton Factory Artist in Residence Program taking place from April to June 2018. 

Stylo Starr is a designer and visual artists living in Hamilton. She intends on creating work that will reintroduce collage as a fine art medium holding both story and purpose. Her work will explore collaging of the Black cultures of the global Diaspora.  Starr discovered the power of creating something from nothing at an early age, and has been doing so, since. She is a visual alchemist who uses found imagery, collage, paint, photography and digital illustration as her primary tools.

Tania Denyer holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is both a quilter and an artist who is determined to share the art of quilts with the wider art community.  “I feel that quilts are dismissed as a hobby or “women’s work”.  I wish to expand and challenge what the quilt industry and the art world defines as a quilt.  Her goal is to raise the profile of quilting to equal status with painting and sculpture.


Open House + Artist Talk:  September 20th, 2018  7 PM - 9 PM at The Cotton Factory

The Hamilton Arts Council is pleased to announce artists Kristofir Dean and Danielle Roberts as the recipients of the Hamilton Arts Council’s, Cotton Factory Artist in Residence Program taking place from July to September 2018.  

Kristofir Dean  is a painter based in Hamilton and holds a BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). His paintings create optical effects using light and shadow, perspective, and inventive panel shapes that make viewers question their sense of the works' dimensionality.  He has shown his work internationally in galleries in Australia, Hong Kong, and United States and is represented by several galleries across Canada.  Kristofir's art activates a conversation about the quality and value of saturated colours to captivate and lift the energy of a space and the people who inhabit it.

Danielle Roberts holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She is a visual artist who's practice is primarily painting based. A recent arrival to Hamilton from British Columbia, she is intrigued about painting public spaces as they are at night and by the unique impact of urban landscapes like fast food drive thrus, churches, movie theatre interiors, and bowling alley interiors. Her experience and memories of these places inform her interest in the social dynamics of space, objectivity, and how humans socially engage with fabricated environments. She is also a co-founder of the MOPE artist collective in Vancouver BC along with Leah McInnis and Kai Choufour.


Oct 15 - Nov 10 2018 Visiting RESIDENCY RECIPIENT
Peeter Laurits

Peeter Laurits is an extremely gifted multi-media artist.  His main means of expression are photography and digital manipulations.  Early in his career, Peeter began to critically examine mass media and commercialism following Estonia’s emergence from the Soviet dictatorship.  Soon afterwards, he began to explore the ecology of human life as just one of many equal components in the global ecosystem.  Peeter moved his practice to the forest where he combines the values of a natural and sustainable existence with state-of-the-art technology.  This is reflected in both his lifestyle and his work. Peeter’s current focus examines a world where humans are not at the centre of existence but instead are part of larger community of conscious creatures. His work has been exhibited in many public and private collections and several of his large-scale pieces have been installed in public spaces. With the re-establishment of Independence in 1991, the Baltics escaped the old Soviet restrictions. With this new freedom of expression, came a political and social upheaval that has allowed the arts to flourish.  Estonia’s thriving arts scene has resulted in a blossoming of museums, galleries and arts hubs to showcase the resulting cultural outpouring.  Peeter Laurits will give a series of artist talks across Ontario about his career as well as the vibrant Estonian arts scene.


Next Residency:

  • March 2019 - June 2019 [Deadline: January 15, 2019] 

The Hamilton Arts Council Residency Program as well as the accompanying speakers series,  is made possible with support from th Ontario Arts Council, City of Hamilton and The Cotton Factory.