Artist residence in Sutton:
exploration and multidisciplinarity

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 nature territory and artistic creation. To this end, it has established and operates a seven-acre cultural park open to all, where sculptures and areas for creating are set up, as a place of creation and dissemination, that is a residence open to artists of the three targeted disciplines. The residency time 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.



Call for project submissions for the residency program

The artists

  • The residence can accommodate two artists of two different disciplines at a time.

The location

  • City of Sutton in the Eastern Townships in Québec where culture and nature build on one another.
  • Culture
    • In the heart of a vibrant, diverse, and dynamic arts community: Sutton has the highest density of artists in Canada and includes 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...

The residence and creating spaces

  • Renovated barn, dating from the last century, situated near a creek and at the entrance of a seven-acre cultural park.
  • Within walking distance of the heart of Sutton
  • Daily bus service between Montreal and Sutton (Limocar Bus)
  • Designed to accommodate two artists at a time: two private rooms and common areas (bathroom, kitchen, dining room, and workspaces).
    • Internet access
    • Printer
    • Linens and towels provided at the beginning of stay
    • Washer and dryer
    • Parking
    • Bike
  • For circus artists:  The residency offer is now directed solely to artists who wish to work on designing an act, floor acrobatics, juggling, or hand-to-hand.  Artists have access to a 24' x 12' work surface covered with dance mats.  More comprehensive facilities with rigging points are still under development.

Financial and Hosting terms

  • Residence open year round
  • Length of stay: two to six weeks
  • Cost :
    • $275 for two weeks
    • $525 for four weeks
    • $650 for six weeks
    • The cost is for one artist in one room; if there is more than one person, you must pay for the two rooms.
    • Artists who request the presence of collaborators during their stay must pay an additional 100$ for a two-week stay, 200$ for a four-week stay, and 300$ for a six six-week stay.  These lump sum payments are fixed regardless of the numbers of days or collaborators working with the artists.
    • A maximum of six (6) persons, in total, can work in the residence during the day.
  • Residence available for artists only. No overnight guests accepted. Lodging facilities (inns, B&Bs, hotels) available in Sutton for the artists’ guests. A list can be provided on request.
  • Transportation, supplies and meals are the artist’s responsibility.
  • Personnel work equipment, including computer and telephone, is the artist’s responsibility.
  • The residence is a non-smoking environment.
  • A contract will be signed with the selected artists specifying the responsibilities of each party.

Conditions for applying

  • Be 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 (see below) which will be evaluated by a jury; two artists practicing different disciplines can present a joint dossier.
  • Be available for meetings and mediation with the public during the residency.

The responsibilities of the host organisation

  • Greet the artists upon their arrival, propose a city tour, and present the resources.
  • Facilitate the exchange and cooperation between the invited artists and the local artist community.
  • Organize meetings with the public.
  • Ensure cleanliness of the facilities at the beginning of each stay.

Selection process

  • Deposit dates for 2020:

February 15  2020 (for available dates in 2020)

May 15 2020 (for available dates in 2020 and 2021)

August 15 2020 (all dates in 2021)

  • A jury composed of artists in visual arts, literature, and contemporary circus arts selects the residency projects.
  • The jury meetings take place according to the deposit dates, a response is sent to you by email following this meeting.
  • An artist accepted by the jury must confirm his or her stay within two (2) weeks by signing the contract and sending the first payment.

Selection criteria

  • Quality of the artistic path
  • Innovative character of the project
  • Importance of the project in the artist's career
  • Artist’s openness to disciplines complementary to his or hers
  • Desire and ability of the artist to communicate with the public
  • Artist’s adherence to the organization's values

The dossier

It must be sent electronically in one pdf document  at and include the following:

  • Project submission form
  • Description of the proposed project (maximum three pages)
  • Artist approach (maximum one page)
  • Recent Curriculum Vitae (maximum three pages) and link to a website, if any
  • Visual or literary dossier
    (10 digital pictures / or videos–to be sent using medium resolution / or 10 pages of text extracts)
  • Press dossier and / or list of publications if any (maximum five pages)
For additional information, please contact Karina Sasseville, Director, at:

Project Submission Form