1-2 Months
Paid by host 

The organizers cover the costs associated with the studio, and all promoting of artists workshops etc.

Paid by artist 

$750/month (covers the costs associated with the cottage where the artist stays), as well as transportation to and from the residency, groceries, and material costs.

Application guidelines 

Application form


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The Sointula Art Shed Artist Residency Program

The Sointula Art Shed Artist Residency Program


An artist residency in a small cottage in the remote fishing village of Sointula, BC. The Sointula Art Shed welcomes writers, musicians, visual and performing artists from around the world to apply for this residency.
Sointula has an extremely rich and unique culture and history, as it was originally settled by Finnish socialist utopians led by Matti Kurika in 1901. Sointula is a small fishing village on Malcolm Island, which is located off of Port McNeill, Northern Vancouver Island, on the west coast of Canda, and a residency here is ideal for those artists who seek easy access to nature, quiet and few distractions.


In addition to offering every artist an opportunity to show their work in the Window Gallery, the organizers also help connect interested artists with various members of the local community, and can organize various forms of outreach such as open studios, workshops, studio visits, etc.

Accommodation Information 

The residency cottage consists of a small kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, and a deck, with access to a studio space in our shed, which is right next door. The cottage is fully furnished and equipped with dishes, towels and bedding.

Technical Information 

A studio/work space that can be used by various visual artists, as well as a covered outdoor area for those who need it. They can also arrange for various other specialized studio needs, as requested.


Sointula, BC, which is on Malcolm Island, on the west coast of Canada, in the unceded Kwakwakw'akw Territory of the 'Namgis, Kwakiutl, and Mamalilikulla Nations.Wildlife is abundant in and around Sointula, with orcas, humpback whales, seals, and porpoises that can be viewed from the beaches, as well as mink, deer, and a variety of birds making their homes on the island. The Sointula Art Shed is located one block up from the water, and close to many hiking trails, a free-bike service, a museum, library, co-op (grocery, gas, and hardware) store, hotel and pub (The Whale's Rub Pub), recycling centre, thrift shop, a community garden, burger barn, and a bakery, as well as the many other activities and attractions in and around Sointula.

PO Box 246
Sointula, BC V0N 3E0
+1 250 974 4234

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