The Ou Gallery on Vancouver Island

Name of Residency: The Ou

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 Ou used to be a boatbuilding workshop, and 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 welcome applications from emerging and established artists of all mediums and practice for 2 week and 4 week stays.

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. We hold weekly sessions for critiques and sharing.

We love hosting artists who are focused, self-directed, motivated, and kind. If you have ideas about creative community engagement, workshops and installations we would love to hear your thoughts.

Please see here to learn more and complete an application

Residency Programme since: 2017
Description of Organisation:

The Ou is an artist-run residency located in the beautiful Cowichan Valley halfway between Victoria and Nanaimo. 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.

We’re deeply grateful for and respectfully acknowledge that we live on the traditional unceded Coast Salish territory of the Tsawout First Nation and the Hul’q’umi’num people of Quw’utsun.

Organisation founded in: 2016
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 4
Number of artists in residence at one time: 2
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
  • Curatorial
  • Education Programmes
  • Photography
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
  • Other
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
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): $750 CAD for 2 weeks | $1,400 CAD for 4 weeks
    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
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    • Teaching
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Family Life
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Both
    Nearest Airport: YCD Nanaimo or YYJ Victoria
    How to reach by plane: You can arrive to Vancouver Island by YYJ Victoria, YCD Nanaimo or HarbourAir into Maple Bay
    How to reach by boat: There are ferries from Victoria, Nanaimo or even Saltspring Island
    Street & Number: 3091 Agira Road
    Postal Code: V9L3Y3
    City: North Cowichan
    3091 Agira Road
    North Cowichan V9L3Y3 BC CAN
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