Studio DAR Sutton

An 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 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.

D'Arts et de rêves awards an annual grant for each of the three artistic disciplines (literature, visual arts, and contemporary circus arts). Find out more

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
  • Designed to accommodate up to three artists at a time: private rooms and common areas (bathroom, kitchen, dining room, and workspaces).
    • Internet access, printer
    • Linens and towels
    • Washer and dryer
    • Parking
    • Bicycle
  • Three studios available for artists:
    • The studio room, 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)

Reception conditions

  • Residence open year round
  • Length of stay: from two to six weeks
  • Residence available for artists only.
    • Rooms are single occupancy.
    • No overnight guests accepted. Lodging facilities (inns, B&Bs, hotels) available in Sutton for artists’ guests. A list is available upon request.
    • Artists who request the presence of collaborators during their stay must pay an additional flat fee.
  • Cost :
    • The cost for access to the residence and studios varies according to space used and duration of stay. To find out more on terms and conditions, please contact us at:
  • Transportation, supplies and meals are the artist’s responsibility.
  • Personal work equipment, including computer and telephone, is the artist’s responsibility.
  • Non-smoking environment in the residence and in the studios
  • A contract will be signed with selected artists specifying the responsibilities of each party.

Responsibilities of the host organisation

  • Greet artists upon their arrival and introduce them to surrounding resources.
  • Facilitate the exchange and cooperation between the invited artists and artists from the community.
  • Organize meetings with the public.
  • Ensure cleanliness of the facilities for 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 (see below) which will be evaluated by a jury; two artists practicing different disciplines can present a joint dossier (according to health measures in place).
  • Be available to meet and mediate with the public during the residency.
  • When submitting your application, make sure you have the necessary funds to cover the rental costs. Organizations such as the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec (CALQ) or the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) offer grants for this purpose.

The DAR scholarship

D'Arts et de rêves offers an annual grant in each of the disciplines (literature, visual arts, and contemporary circus arts). The DAR grant includes $1,500 per project as well as the equivalent of three weeks' access to the residency and to one of the studios (worth $2,775). Awarding these grants is the responsibility of a jury specially constituted for this selection.

By applying for a residency, candidates automatically become eligible for a DAR scholarship in their discipline. The scholarship holders are the first to choose their dates of stay. The other projects selected by the jury for a residency but not awarded a DAR grant are then invited to book the dates of their stay.

The application file

Your file must be sent electronically as a single PDF document (the maximum size allowed for the PDF file is 3 MB). Add these items together in a single PDF file. Then complete the online submission form to attach your PDF file.

Please note! Incomplete applications are automatically rejected.

  1. Project submission form
  2. Description of the proposed project (maximum three pages)
  3. Artist approach (maximum one page)
  4. Recent Curriculum Vitae (maximum three pages) and link to a website, if any
  5. Dossier:
    • Literature: 10 pages of text extracts
    • Visual art: 10 digital pictures and / or three videos (send link or use medium resolution)
    • Circus arts: three videos (send link)
  6. Press kit and / or list of publications if applicable (maximum five pages)

Selection criteria per discipline

Contemporary circus arts

1. Artistic quality: 70%

    • Originality of project and acro-artistic approach
    • Quality of the acro-artistic performance (difficulty, execution, and emotion)
    • Innovation of project (proposal of a new discipline or artistic form)
    • Potential for virtuosity (exceptional mastery of execution, beyond our level of understanding)

2. Relevance of the project: 20%

    • Quality and clarity of project description
    • Impact of project on the progression of the applicant's performance level

3. Project management: 10%

    • Feasibility and realism of project
    • Timeline for project progress

Visual and literary arts

1. Quality of the artistic or literary work: 30%

    • Past achievements (for visual arts, a body of ten works)
    • Quality of previous work and coherence of artistic approach
    • Critical reception

2. Interest and relevance of the residency project: 50%

    • Quality and clarity of project description
    • Importance of project in the artistic journey (continuity or exploration of new avenues)
    • Interest and originality of project

3. Feasibility of the project: 20%

    • Realism of the proposal for the period of residency

Selection process

Please note the application deadline for residencies in 2022 has been extended to:

January 31 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.
For additional information, please contact us at:

Project Submission Form