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Image: Artwork by 2023 Artist in Residence, Dawn Grant

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Announcement about the 2023 Artist in Residence recipient coming soon!

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In partnership with The Cotton Factory, Hamilton Arts Council (HAC) offers an Artist in Residence (AIR) program. This opportunity is designed to support the individual artistic practices and professional ambitions of emerging and mid-career artists/creatives in Hamilton. The program provides a selected recipient with six (6) months of access to free studio space and associated benefits of being absorbed in the creative ecology of The Cotton Factory. This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual to develop both their creative processes and professional skills in building a successful career in the arts.

Presented in partnership between

Hamilton Arts Council and The Cotton Factory

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Application Information:

Please note: Applications for 2023 have now closed. The information below applies to the 2023 application period and is subject to change.

What does the Artist in Residence receive?

Who Should Apply?

How do I apply?

Key Dates

  • June 5, 2023  - Call for applications opens

  • June 11, 2023, 11:59 PM - Expressions of Interest due

  • June 13, 2023 - Selected Applicants Notified

  • June 18, 2023, 11:59 PM - Further information due

  • June 19-25, 2023 - Application adjudication

  • June 26, 2023 - Notification of results

  • November 2023 - Commencement of residency


The Cotton Factory

Dawn Grant - Artist in Residence 2023 (January-June)

Previous Artists in Residence


Emotional Footprints - June 15, 2023

Six stories explored through a multidisciplinary performance of contemplative art.


To celebrate the culmination of her residency, Dawn Grant hosted an Artist Talk entitled "Emotional Footprints". Featuring interactive opportunities to engage with Dawn's work, refreshments and additional performances, Dawn's closing event to her residency was a beautiful celebration of her time at the Cotton Factory.

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Sponsored by:

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DAWN GRANT (she/her) is a distinguished wearable art designer, make-up and special effects artist and brand owner. 

She brought to the Residency 14 years as a Makeup & Special Effects Artist, 10 years as the Owner and Designer of UFascinateMe, seven years as a Props and Production Designer, 13 years as a Makeup Educator and various accreditations for her work in film, television advertisements and music videos. Throughout the course of the Residency, Dawn created a collection  ‘How it Feels to Walk in My Feet’, ‘It’s All in Your Mind’ and ‘An Eyeful’.

Dawn’s passion for inclusive spaces extends to her therapeutic art practice, which helps people explore self expression and emotions, using art and creative processes as a compass for personal insight and healing. While in the studio, Dawn hosted therapeutic art sit-ins (in-person and virtual), to accompany her thematic collection.


Images: Artwork by 2023 Artist in Residence, Dawn Grant

Discover more about Dawn Grant by visiting her profile on The Arty Crowd, and follow her on Instagram, @dawngrantartistry.

Previous Artists in Residence

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