Open Call

Experience the Art-Life on Vancouver Island, Canada!

The Ou Gallery on Vancouver Island

No Funding
North Cowichan, Canada


We welcome applications from emerging and established artists of all mediums and practice for 1 month stays (2 weeks may be optional – please inquire). We encourage and support artists to curate their own pop-up exhibition and host workshops, although this is not a mandatory part of your experience.

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.


No deadline


January 01, 2020 - November 30, 2020


  • CA$1,500.00 program fee (monthly)


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


Guest House, Private Bathroom, Private Room, Shared Bathroom


Coffee, Tea

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Critique, Discussion, Exhibition, Group Dinners, Open Studios, Readings, Self-Directed, Workshops


Arts Administrator, Book Arts, Collective, Conceptual Art, Curatorial, Design, Digital Media, Documentary, Drawing, Dreamers, Entrepreneur , Fiber Arts, Fiction, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Journalism, Land Art, Literature, Makers, Multimedia, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Printmaking, Public Art, Research, Screenwriting, Sculpture, Social Practice, Textile, Theatre, Thinkers, Video Art, Visual Arts


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. Located in the beautiful Cowichan Valley halfway between Victoria & Nanaimo, we’re humbled and thankful to acknowledge that we live on the unceded Coast Salish territory of the Tsawout First Nation. 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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