Open Call

Vancouver Island Artist Residency - Ongoing Applications

The Ou Gallery on Vancouver Island

No Funding
North Cowichan, Canada


We accept applications from emerging and established artists of all mediums and practice, and are committed to celebrating diversity by welcoming artists of all genders, identities and ethnicities. Please apply on our website with a link to your portfolio.

Number of Participants

This is a shared living space (independent of The Ou staff quarters) that accommodates up to two artists, or one artist with their family. This is subject to change as per COVID health protocols.


No deadline


February 01, 2021 - November 30, 2021


  • CA$750.00 program fee (bi-weekly)


Co-Working, Darkroom, Desk Space, Gallery, Individual Studio, Installation Space, Shared Studio


Guest House, Kitchen, Private Bathroom, Private Housing, Private Room, Shared Bathroom


Coffee, Tea

Public Programs

Discussion, Exhibition, Group Dinners, Online Exhibition, Open Studios, Readings, Self-Directed, Workshops


Book Arts, Cartoonist, Conceptual Art, Curatorial, Design, Digital Media, Documentary, Drawing, Dreamers, Entrepreneur , Fiber Arts, Fiction, Film, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Journalism, Land Art, Literature, Makers, Moving Image, Multimedia, Nonfiction, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Playwriting, Poetry, Printmaking, Public Art, Research, Screenwriting, Sculpture, Social Practice, Textile, Theatre, Thinkers, Video Art, Visual Arts, Web Design, Web Development


English, French, Spanish

Program Description

The Ou-telier is a personable and process based experience; a quiet place to decompress, experiment, research, play, and make space to develop new ideas. The building was a boatbuilding workshop, so you can feel the history in the old fir floors and layers of resin. Fall asleep to the sound of the creek going by, and wake up to the green of Maple trees and ivy overlooking the water. When taking breaks from the studio, spend time in the patio garden or walk ‘The Great Trail’ nearby. We are deeply grateful to call the Cowichan Valley home, and respectfully acknowledge that these lands are part of the traditional Coast Salish territory of the Quw’utsun and the Hul’qumin’num Treaty Group including T'Sou-Ke, Malahat, Halalt, S'tzuminus, Penelakut, Lyackson, Co We hope to share our journey with you by making an inclusive community space where together we can create and experience the wonderful world of art.

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