Caetani Cultural Centre

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The C3’s Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program provides studio space and short to long-term accommodation for regional, national and international artists, writers and cultural researchers.

We have 3 different kinds of AiR programs: ongoing, self-directed and very affordable residency options, one funded 3-month ceramics residency and three funded 2-month visual arts residencies.

Our residencies are open to: emerging and established visual artists in any mediums. Writers, curators, cultural researchers, musicians and performing artists are also welcome and encouraged to apply. We do not have the capacity to cater to large groups.

Objectives: to provide a program and facilities that allow artists to experiment, develop new ideas and interact with fellow artists and the community through talks, workshops and exhibitions.

Our AiR programs are intended to promote professional development for the artist while giving the local community access to a diverse range of arts practices, theories and experiences.

Residency Programme since: 2011
Description of Organisation:

The Caetani Cultural Centre (C3) operates out of the historic Sveva Caetani Heritage House,  walking distance to small-town Vernon’s downtown, in the Okanagan Valley, famous for hot summers, snowy winters, lakes and award-winning wineries in British Columbia, Canada.

C3 offers 4 kinds of Artist-in-Residence programs and schedules events throughout the year for the public to access the Caetani gardens, engage with member artists and enjoy the facilities.

Vernon is located between three lakes, Kalamalka Lake, Okanagan Lake and Swan Lake, 25 minutes from world class cross country and downhill skiing, mountain biking, and award winning wineries.

House: the Caetani Heritage House was built in 1896, the former home of Sveva Ersilia Caetani, an artist, teacher and mentor in the community. There are currently 4 Artist-in-Residence residencies available.

Studios: we have seven studio/workspaces onsite that are in use on a year-round basis by local artists and artists participating our Artist-in-Residence programs.

Gardens: we have 1.5 acres of gardens at C3 which provide a peaceful and inspiring setting for artists to create and share their work with the community. These gardens are maintained with the assistance of the City of Vernon, the Regional District of the North Okanagan and many volunteers.

Organisation founded in: 2008
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
  • Months: 3
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: 3
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Curatorial
  • Education Programmes
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Library/research resources
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : We have a partnership with the Vernon Community Arts Centre for our CeramAiR ceramic-artist-in-residence program.
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Kelowna International Airport
    How to reach by plane: The Caetani Cultural Centre is 30 minutes from Kelowna International Airport, which is an approximately 1 hour flight from Vancouver or Calgary. From the Kelowna Airport it’s a 30 minute bus shuttle, at a cost of $50 each way. Bike trails and bus service are available to larger centres.
    How to reach by car: The Caetani Cultural Centre is 30 minute drive from Kelowna International Airport. Approximately 5 hours drive from Vancouver by car, 7 hours by bus, 6 hours from Calgary by car. Bike trails and bus service are available to larger centres.
    Street & Number: 3401 Pleasant Valley Road
    Postal Code: V1T 4L4
    City: Vernon
    Country long: Canada