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
Due to COVID-19 MAWA is not accepting residency applications for 2021. Residency slots in 2021 will be reserved for the artists selected for residencies in 2020 but who can not attend as originally scheduled due to the pandemic.

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 25’ x 28’ or 7.6m x 8.5m (approximately 700 sq. ft. or 65 sq. metres), with four large openable windows, adjustable blinds, a smart 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 bedding, towels 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. Pets and smoking are not allowed in the apartment. Artists’ family members are welcome.

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, you will be expected to 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 $316 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 artists and to provide an oasis in which artists can do whatever they need to do in order to move their practices forward.

Applications must be emailed to with the subject heading “residency 2021” 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 October 30, 2021
  • an artist’s CV
  • up to 20 images or links to up to 2 videos no longer than 4 minutes total

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

Dining room.