11 months
Paid by host:

The City of Richmond agrees to:

  • provide a live-in residence located at 4900 Steveston Hwy, Richmond, BC, for the artist to use as a studio and home.
  • Connect the artist with community organizations, neighbourhood groups, schools and/or arts organizations for possible projects and partnerships as part of the artist’s public programming.
  • Find space and opportunity for the artist’s public workshops and demonstrations if applicable.
  • Assist the artist in developing the plans and market their project and performances/workshops/exhibitions/events as appropriate.
  • Provide some assistance in sourcing grants and providing connections.
Paid by artist:

The artist is responsible for their own travel, insurance, moving, living expenses and production expenses for their own work. The artist will also pay a $500 damage deposit, returned upon successful inspection of the house at the end of the residency. If not Canadian citizen, the artist will also have to pay all visa and Canadian residency costs incurred.

Application guidelines:

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City of Richmond (Canada)

City of Richmond (Canada)

2021 Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence

The City of Richmond Department of Arts, Culture and Heritage invites professional artists in all disciplines (including writers, composers, visual artists, musicians, theatre artists, video, multi-disciplinary, social practice and performance artists) to submit proposals for an 11-month live-in residency located on Canada’s west coast, in Richmond, B.C. The City of Richmond is seeking applications from artists who are interested in developing new projects and programs that promote meaningful community engagement through artistic opportunities.

The Branscombe House residency will begin in mid-January 2021 and run through until mid-December 2021. The residency is an opportunity for artists with a community-engaged practice to create new work in exchange for live-in creation space. During the residency, the artist will establish a presence in the community as appropriate. This will include spending time developing a body of work and engaging the public with their programming which may include workshops, exhibitions, demos and legacy projects on the Branscombe site, community centres, schools and events/festivals as negotiated. Proposed activities with a clear focus that is tied to artistic practice should engage a diverse, multicultural audience and show strong interest, connection and relevance to the community beyond standard open studios and artist talks. The artist should have a strong interest in connecting members of the public to arts and culture programming and experiences. The residency has the following objectives:

  • create a unique opportunity for professional artists to engage with the community at-large in a meaningful, interactive setting;
  • offer free artist-generated programs, exhibitions and/or other activities to the community;
  • over time, build a program of activities, exhibitions and collection of art and/or records of art activity inspired by Richmond’s distinct heritage, diverse community and/or natural setting;
  • encourage and facilitate cooperative partnerships between artists, community organizations, businesses and other community members;

The theme for the artist residency has not been predetermined. The artist’s proposal will include a “theme” that will be illuminated or articulated through the public programming (e.g., workshops, collaborative experiences and subsequent art). The goal is to contribute meaningful content to local residents’ personal connections and experience with the arts, foster self-expression and pride of place. In the application, the artist will be asked to describe outline their proposed public programs and community engagement opportunities they will organize and facilitate for the public’s benefit. This may include workshops, lectures, special events, demonstrations, classes or any other public event that will contribute to the 240 hours requirement in the residency. If awarded the residency, the artist and City staff will negotiate the terms and the artist will complete a revised work plan with project specifics and milestones.


The artist be will expected to provide some form of public programming during the annual Doors Open and Culture Days weekends (early June and end of September, respectively) which will be promoted throughout the region. There are also other public festivals and events (such as the Richmond Maritime Festival in August and Richmond World Festival on Labour Day weekend) that offer additional optional public engagement opportunities.

Studio Information

Downstairs of the house can be used for public programs and workshops.

Accommodation Information

Branscombe House is a beautifully restored Edwardian style house located in the residential area of historic Steveston in Richmond. The self-contained two-bedroom suite upstairs is offered as an artist residence/studio with rent 100% subsidized in exchange for contributing approximately 240 hours of community-engaged work on approved creative projects/programs developed in collaboration between staff, artist(s) and community groups/organizations.

Technical Information

The City will also assist visiting artists with establishing local relationships integral to their practice, finding in-kind suppliers, orienting them to the area, etc. as well as facilitating access to other City departments, community centres, heritage and cultural facilities, systems and services as appropriate.

Contact information

4900 Steveston Highway
Richmond BC V7E 2K3

kvarney [at]