TAIS Artist in Residence Program focuses on research & production in animation, and is designed to offer opportunities for artists to expand and develop their practices and create independent work. Residency Artists also present their work to the public through artist talks and workshops.


Research and Production in Animation

The TAIS Artist in Residency Program supports the production of new animated work by artists in TAIS Studios, through a combination of funding and in-kind resources. Annually, the program invites one Canadian artist and one International artist to engage in self-directed research and production towards the completion of a new independent animated film, video, or project. The residency includes a combination of monetary funding and in-kind use of studio space, equipment and resources at TAIS Studios.


TAIS has selected Zeesy Powers as the 2017 Canadian Artist in Residence

Presented in collaboration with Dames Making Games and Gamma Space


Zeesy Powers is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in Toronto. Powers works with moving images and text in her artistic practice, exploring how technology impacts our lived experience and mediates our relationship to the cultural and natural systems that support and shape society.


Plans for the Residency: click Here

The Canadian Artist Residency is three-months long, taking place between February and May, 2017. The goal for this Canadian Artist Residency is to emerge with a finished work. The selected Canadian artist is  awarded $9,000, comprised of $3,000 in-kind towards 3-months of studio space, equipment and resources at TAIS Studios, and $6,000 in cash funding for their project.

About Dames Making Games


Dames Making Games (DMG) is a not-for-profit organization founded in Toronto in 2012. They run a wide range of programs and events for women, non-binary, gender nonconforming, trans and queer folks interested in games. DMG are member-run, arts-focused, technology positive, collaborative, engaged, and welcoming!

About Gamma Space

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Gamma Space (formally Bento Miso) is a not-for-profit arts organization, and a thriving community of 150+ members making videogames, art & rad stuff on the web. They share their skills and stuff, offer mentorship and support, and strive to be a welcoming and accessible space for all Toronto creators.



TAIS has selected Pallavi Agarwala as the 2017 International Artist in Residence

Presented in collaboration with SAVAC
In partnership with The Theatre Centre

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Pallavi Agarwala is an illustrator and animator from New Delhi, India. After working as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator in India, she completed her Masters at the Royal College of Art (London, UK) on the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship in 2016. Agarwala’s work draws upon the poetic language of animated documentaries as means to reconstruct narratives. With a focus on the lives of people in modern cities, she is interested in addressing and representing the underrepresented in her work. Using experimental techniques in drawing, film, and collage ‘cut-ups’ to visually construct metaphors regarding disruption and change, Agarwala believes in approaching subjects with humour and plurality. Considering this as vital to her process and to her efforts to represent the notion of the ‘other’ she is also interested in thinking about the future of cites and how this theme of difference is experienced within urban environments.


Plans for the Residency: click Here

The International Artist Residency is one-month long, taking place in March 2017. The goal for this residency is to develop a new animated work. The selected artist is  awarded $3,500, comprised of $1,500 in-kind towards 1-month of studio space, equipment and resources at TAIS Studios, and $2,000 in cash funding for their project.



SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) is a committed co-presenter with TAIS for Pallavi Agarwala’s residency. SAVAC is the only non-profit, artist-run centre in Canada dedicated to supporting South Asian artists. For over two decades, they have increased the visibility of culturally diverse artists by curating and exhibiting their work, providing mentorship, and facilitating professional development. SAVAC’s mission is to produce programs that explore issues and ideas shaping the identities and experiences of people from the region and its diasporas. They encourage work that is challenging, experimental and engaged in critical discussions that offer new perspectives on the contemporary world. For more information about SAVAC visit www.savac.net


About The Theatre Centre

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The Theatre Centre is a nationally recognized live-arts incubator that serves as a research and development hub for the cultural sector. We are a public space, open and accessible to the people of our community, where citizens can imagine, debate, celebrate, protest, unite and be responsible for inventing the future.

The Theatre Centre’s mission is to nurture artists, invest in ideas and champion new work and new ways of working. The company fosters a culture of innovation by embracing risk and questioning traditional notions of failure and success. For more information on The Theatre Centre, visit: www.theatrecentre.org



To read about past residency recipients, click HERE>>

TAIS Artist Residency program is currently seeking private or public patronage. The Toronto Animated Image Society is a Registered Charity #85235 3538 RR0001. To inquire, contact Jenn Snider, Managing Director, jenn@tais.ca