Out of the Box Productions on the West Coast of Canada

Name of Residency: Woodland Farm Creation Residency on Salt Spring Island, Canada

Our residency program will be for live performing artists to research and develop new works. We are particularly interested in the effects of being in nature on the creative process. We want to offer time, space, and nature to artists so they may reflect, respond, experiment and renew their creative processes.

Residency Programme since: 2019
Description of Organisation:

Since 2004, through Out of the Box Productions, artists William Mackwood and Gwenyth Dobie have created numerous original works integrating the use of music, text, dance, video and interactive design. For the past 12 years they have been on Faculty at the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University, Toronto. There, they have shared their skills and expertise to the next generation of creators.

In 2016, William and Gwenyth bought a small farm on Salt Spring Island on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. They call their retreat, Woodland Farm. This developing organic farm includes a Barn that they have built, intentionally for performing Artists to develop new work.


Organisation founded in: 2004
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared accommodation
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    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): Please review our Fees on our Website
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Housing
    • Production costs
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Unlimited use of the Creation Barn which includes Sound, Lighting and Projection Equipment
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: If desired, artists can offer a showing of their work in progress to a small invited audience.
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Gardening
    • Forest Conservation
    • Family Life
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Vancouver or Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
    How to reach by plane: Vancouver or Victoria, British Columbia… then by Ferry to Salt Spring Island
    How to reach by car: Vancouver or Victoria, British Columbia… then by Ferry to Salt Spring Island
    How to reach by boat: BC Ferry service from both Vancouver and Victoria
    Street & Number: 171 Leisure Lane
    Postal Code: V8K2P8
    City: Salt Spring Island
    Country long: Canada
    171 Leisure Lane
    Salt Spring Island V8K2P8 BC CAN
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