Studios DAR Sutton

An artist's residence in Sutton:
exploration, multidisciplinarity and innovation

D'Arts et de rêves is a non-profit organization created in 2015 which aims to promote creation in three artistic disciplines – visual arts, literature, and contemporary circus arts – and to facilitate the accessibility and appreciation of these arts by the public. This organization recognizes itself in the values of democratization of the arts, exploration and sharing of artistic experiences, and collective production.

By its nature-culture vocation, D'Arts et de rêves offers an experience combining appropriation of the natural environment with artistic creation. To this end, it has established and operates a seven-acre cultural park open to all, where sculptures and artwork are installed, as well as a creative space open to artists of the three targeted disciplines. The residency allows artists to explore, to experiment, to develop their projects and their art in a spirit of innovation, interdisciplinary sharing, as well as sharing with the arts community and the people of the region.

D’Arts et de rêves is not only rooted in the community, but it is also open to local, regional, and national communities. The beautiful natural environment of the region, in addition to its artistic vitality, provides an environment conducive to resourcing and creation.

By applying for a 2023 residency before November 4th, you become eligible for one of six annual grants offered to the best candidates in each of the three artistic disciplines (literature, visual arts, and contemporary circus arts).

An exceptional creative environment

The location

  • Town of Sutton in the Eastern Townships of Québec where culture and nature converge, fostering a fertile environment for creation.
  • Culture
    • In the heart of a vibrant, diverse, and dynamic artistic community: Sutton has a high density of artists and features art galleries, artists studios, and a theater where shows and films can be enjoyed.
    • An environment where both French and English cultures merge to form today’s Québecois culture.
  • Nature
    • Magnificent mountainous area in the Eastern Townships
    • Winter and summer sports: skiing, hiking, biking, outdoor activities

The residence and studios

  • Renovated barn, dating from the last century, at the entrance of a seven-acre cultural park, situated near a creek and within walking distance of the heart of Sutton.
  • Residence space includes three private bedrooms and shared common areas: kitchen, dining room, living-room and bathroom.
    • Internet access, printer
    • Linens and towels
    • Washer and dryer
    • Parking
    • Bicycle
  • Rooms are single occupancy. Exceptions can be made for two artists working as a duo.
  • No overnight guests are accepted. If lodging is requires for a collaborator, an arrangement may be negociated and added to the contract according to availability. Otherwise a list of alternative lodging will be provided upon request.
  • Three studios (workshops) available for artists:
    • The StudioRoom, allocated in priority to literary artists
    • Studio A: dimensions 25' x 25' x 25' (7,6 m x 7,6 m x 7,6 m)
    • Studio B: dimensions 25' x 32' x 15' (7,6 m x 9,8 m x 4,6 m)
  • A variety of small tools (hand and electric), as well as circus equipment is made available to artists (full list of equipment is found in contracts).
  • Cost:
    • Access costs to the residence and studios varies according to space occupation and duration of stay. To find out more on terms and conditions, please contact us at:
  • Transportation and meals are the responsibility of the artist.
  • Costs pertaining to usage of personal work materials or supplies including computer and telephone are artist's responsibility.
  • Non-smoking environment in the residence and studios.
  • A contract will be signed with selected artists specifying the responsibilities of each party.


Responsibilities of Studios DAR Sutton

  • Greet artists upon their arrival and introduce them to surrounding services and resources.
  • Facilitate the exchange and cooperation between the invited artists and artists from the local community.
  • Organize meetings with the public.
  • Ensure cleanliness of the facilities at the beginning of each stay.

Applying for residency

Conditions for applying

  • To be recognized as a professional artist as defined by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ ) and the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA).
  • Provide a complete dossier in compliance with Studios DAR Sutton requirements (see below) which will be evaluated by an independent jury.
  • Be available to meet and mediate with the public during the residency.
  • Have a civil liability insurance policy for the period of residency.

Artists practicing different disciplines or a common discipline may present a joint dossier, but each artist must complete their own application form.

Applying for residency

Your file must include the following elements and be sent as a single PDF file (the maximum size allowed for the PDF file is 3 MB):

  1. Description of the proposed residency project (maximum 600 words)
  2. Artistic approach pertaining to your project (maximum 300 words)
  3. Abridged and. current Curriculum Vitae (maximum two pages)
  4. Examples of your work:
    • Literature: Writing excerpts (maximum 8 pages)
    • Visual art: up to 10 digital images in medium resolution and three hyperlinks leading to a short video (maximum of 6 minutes each)
    • Circus arts: up to 10 digital images in medium resolution and three hyperlinks leading to a short video (maximum of 6 minutes each)
  5. Press kit and / or list of publications if applicable (maximum five pages)

Save your PDF file under a name, using numbers, letters, hyphens or underlines. Avoid accents and special characters to ensure effective transmission of your dossier.

Then fill out online Form - Call for projects (one form per participating artist) and attach your PDF file to online form before clicking « Send ».

Please note: Incomplete applications will be automatically rejected.

Selection process

The application deadline for residencies in 2023 :

November 4th, 2022

  1. A jury made up of artists from the visual arts, literature, and contemporary circus arts selects the residency projects.
  2. Jury meetings take place according to application deadlines, a response will be sent to you by email following this meeting.
  3. Once the artist receives à favourable response from the jury, the artist must confirm his or her stay within two weeks by signing the contract and sending the first payment.
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