Join the Canadian Forces Artists Program

Apply to join the Canadian Forces Artists Program (CFAP).

Call to Artists: Canadian Forces Artists Program

CFAP operates on a biennial cycle. We are currently accepting applications for the next cycle. The 2019 form is provided below.

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The Department of National Defence invites proposals from visual artists to participate in the Canadian Forces Artists Program (CFAP). The goal of the program is to encourage artists to learn more about our personnel in uniform.

The experience will give artists the opportunity to witness the daily operations, personnel, and spirit of the Canadian Forces, as well as families and communities affected by Canadian military activities. These deployments will provide an opportunity for research and inspiration for artists to create new works.

Canadian artists have long played a vital role in documenting the Armed Forces (Navy, Army and Air Force) in paintings, sculptures, photography and a wide variety of other media. Over the years, military activities have inspired numerous artworks that have been extensively exhibited to the public; the styles of interpretation and expression have changed but the unique insights and visions of artists have always been and always will be an important part of how Canadians see their military.

Five contemporary visual artists will be selected to be in residence with the Armed Forces for approximately a week in 2020-21. In the past, artists have deployed to operations in Canada and overseas (Afghanistan, Kuwait, Sudan and the Middle East). The program covers the costs of travel and living expenses for the duration of the deployment. The program will only support artists travel expenses from Canada. Travel costs to Canadian departure and return points is the responsibility of the selected artist.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and meet the definition of professional artist, which includes the following criteria:

  • have at least two years of professional practice in their field following basic training/education;
  • have produced an independent body of work;
  • have received the recognition of their peers through a history of public

Applicants cannot apply for activities that are carried out to satisfy the course requirements of an education institution or directly support the delivery of an education program or course.

Proposals are evaluated by a selection committee composed of experienced arts professionals. The assessment criteria is the artistic quality of the applicant’s previous work, rationale and suitability to participate in this program.

Proposals must be submitted by email by 11 h 59 p.m. EST on 2 December 2019, to All required support material must be accessible through a file-sharing platform (Dropbox, We Transfer, etc.). Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applicants will be notified of the results, in writing, no later than three months after the competition closing date.

Selected artists will sign an agreement with National Defence that will detail the terms and conditions of their specific deployment.

Further Information

Dr. John MacFarlane
Canadian Forces Artists Program
Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH)
National Defence Headquarters
MGen George R. Pearkes Building
101 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa ON K1A 0K2

Telephone: 613-998-7052
TTY/TDD: 1-800-467-9877

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