Application Information

Artist Nisrine Boukhari (Damascus/Vienna) in the MAWA apartment.  She completed a residency at MAWA April 1-30, 2015.

National and International Artist in Residence at MAWA
Application deadline for residencies to take place in the spring and summer of 2020 will be announced by the end of of May 2019. 

MAWA is offering our urban, loft-style apartment to women and non-binary visual artists for residencies of 2-4 weeks in duration. Applicants can use this space and time for research, reflection, networking and/or production. We will provide the accommodation for free.

The MAWA apartment is 24’10” by 28’4” (approximately 700 sq. ft.), with four large openable windows, adjustable blinds, a TV and DVD player, and an exposed brick wall. The MAWA apartment is fully furnished and includes a kitchen, a dining area, a bathroom with shower, a queen-sized bed, a double futon/couch and a designated parking space. All linens and cooking utensils are provided. The apartment is located on the second floor of 611 Main Street in downtown Winnipeg. It is a walk-up and is not wheelchair accessible. Artists’ family members are welcome. Pets are not allowed.

MAWA’s apartment is a clean space that is not conducive to painting and many forms of sculpture. However, we can introduce you to other Winnipeg art centres that may be able to help you gain access to the facilities you need.

While at MAWA, we ask that you present your work to our members in a form of your choice (screening, talk, performance, showcase of work-in-progress, etc.). MAWA will pay you a $310 fee for this presentation.

MAWA will provide a letter of invitation to successful applicants but is unable to provide or help artists secure travel and/or production funding.

Artists at all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply. Equal consideration will be given to emerging and established artists. The MAWA residency program is intended to increase dialogue between our geographical community—Winnipeg—and the art world beyond; to create networking opportunities for women and non-binary artists; and to provide an oasis in which artists in residence can do whatever they need to do in order to move their practices forward.

Applications must be emailed to with the subject heading “Residency 2020” and should consist of a single pdf containing the following elements:

  • a cover letter saying why you would like time in the MAWA apartment and what you will be working on (goals, rationale)
  • first choice of preferred dates; second choice of preferred dates (including start and end dates) between May 1 and August 30, 2020
  • an artist’s c.v.
  • up to 20 embedded images or links to up to 2 videos

If you have any questions, contact 204-949-9490 or

Dining room.