The Narrows Art Retreat

Name of Residency: The Narrows

The Residency Program at The Narrows is a special eco built space that is intended to give artists an opportunity to imagine and create, in an inspirational, contemplative and intimate setting.

The residency program is open to artists at all stages of their career, whether emerging or established. The objective is to provide a live/work space and time for artists, in multi disciplines, to strengthen their practice and deeply engage in their work while there. We welcome painters, writers, musicians, photographers, performance artists and more, throughout the year.

Residents are expected to maintain their studio space and rooms, shared common areas of the kitchen, bathroom and other common areas in a clean and tidy manner, with respect for the other residents using the space.

We provide shared, semi private, or private accommodation. The Narrows will accommodate up to 3 residents at a time, to live and work. Artists in residence have access to our shared residence, professional studio, and the yurt which acts as a live/work space. People looking to escape must consider whether or not this is the right environment for them. Transport to and from the retreat is by motor boat. Supplies are delivered on a weekly or as needed basis, by boat. For fees, please visit

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation:

The Artist in Residence program at The Narrows is a new program offered in the Interior of British Columbia. The Retreat centre is nestled among cottonwood, cedar trees and ponderosa pines. Travel to the remote studio is by boat. Renew your creativity and immerse yourself in your practice away from distractions of daily life. The centre has a straw bale residence, separate studio and also includes a yurt on the property as studio or living space. It is built by artists who wanted to provide an inspirational space and setting to support the creative community. The Centre holds workshops, gatherings and residencies. The beauty of the Selkirk mountains, Kootenay Lake and the diverse wildlife, provide endless inspiration to infuse daily creativity.  It is isolated – travel to and from by boat.  The lake provides a buffer from the town, so you are removed, yet still close to take part in art and cultural events happening in Nelson.

Organisation founded in: 2015
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 3
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Other
  • If other, please specify: Enquire for partner/children accommodation.
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): Varies depending on time needed
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): We offer partial scholarships. Please inquire. Most participants apply for grants to institutions, government agencies, foundations, universities, etc. in their country/province of origin to assist with funding during their stay. The self directed residencies are not sponsored and do not have set parameters. The Columbia Basin Trust/Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance have grants accessible to artists living within the Columbia Basin.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: We subsidize the residency program to make it more affordable and cover cleaning, and boat travel.
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Other
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Castlegar, BC, Trail, BC and Spokane, Washington
    How to reach by plane: Nelson, BC is 25 minutes from Castlegar Municipal Airport, which is approx one hour flying time from Vancouver or Calgary. It is 1 hour, from Trail Regional Airport, which offers twice daily direct flights to and from Vancouver. Nelson is 3 hours from the Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International airport and 3 hours, 50 minutes from Kelowna International airport. Upon arrival, residents must travel by boat to the Arts centre, which is another 10 minutes.
    How to reach by train: There is no train stop in Nelson.
    How to reach by car: Nelson, BC is an Arts community tucked into the Selkirk mountains and on the West arm of stunning Kootenay Lake. By car, it is a 3.5 hour drive from Spokane Washington. A 7 hour drive from Calgary, Alberta and a 7.5 hour drive from Vancouver, British Columbia.
    How to reach by boat: You will be transported with your food and supplies to the residency centre by motor boat.
    Street & Number: Grohman Creek Road
    Postal Code: V1L7B6
    City: Nelson
    Country long: Canada
    Grohman Creek Road
    Nelson V1L7B6 BC CAN
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