Comox Valley Art Gallery
The Comox Valley Art Gallery invites ongoing expressions of interest to undertake self-directed residencies to engage in arts-based research, activations, creative exploration of materials, process and concept development. The CVAG Next Door Program is open to artists and curators engaged in contemporary interdisciplinary art practice. The residency offers an opportunity to focus on creative research without distraction, demands or expectations. The gallery sees this as a way to support deep and sustained artistic practice during residency periods that are two weeks to a maximum of six weeks in length.
CVAG is a nodal point, or rhizome, connecting to a wider network of contemporary art community by offering a place in which concepts within the work of contemporary artists can be surfaced and discussed. Excellence in artistic inquiry is fostered and artists are enabled to think, make, explore and connect in ways that can only happen here - in this centre on a geographical periphery.
The Comox Valley Art Gallery is a public gallery run by a non-profit society dedicated to presenting and fostering contemporary art by professional artists. Exhibitions, publications, creative residencies and education programs, link the Comox Valley to the broader world of contemporary art practice.
The Comox Valley Art Gallery’s (CVAG’s) acknowledges its place on unceded Traditional K’omoks territory, and honours the teachings that have been imparted to them by Elders and members of the K’omoks First Nation.
CVAG Next Door residency supports artistic practice and inquiry without expectation of production or community engagement. Artists are welcomed to engage with the community as they determine relevant to their research.
The residence has an open working space approximately 12 feet x 20 feet (22.3 square metres) within the residence. The ceilings are one and a half stories high and the living and working areas are well lit by natural light and pot lighting. The studio area is recessed from direct sunlight and window shades allow for natural light control. The floor is natural finished cement - tarps are provided to cover them during making and materials exploration. Walls can hold lightly secured works in progress. Portable working tables with surfaces 6 feet x 2.5 feet are available for use. A utility sink is available at the gallery for cleaning brushes and palates.
Residency participants are responsible for cleaning the residence and removing garbage and recycling during their stay.
- Some access to a gallery computer and printer can be made by arrangement.
- Access is provided to the gallery's tool shed for small hand tools and supplies.
- A utility sink is available at the gallery for cleaning brushes, palates etc.
- The Comox Valley Art Gallery has multi-purpose spaces that may be available for the participant directed community engagement activities. These opportunities would be arranged with the CVAG curators.
CVAG is situated in the downtown core of the City of Courtenay on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Accessible by land, sea or air, Courtenay is the urban and cultural hub of the larger community, the Comox Valley (approximate population 65,000). The region is a culturally diverse community. Libraries, museums, shopping and recreation/fitness facilities are within walking distance and by public transit. Easy access exists to the nearby beaches along the Salish sea, and the extensive hiking trails throughout the rivers and streams, lakes, forests and wilderness parklands of the area. The climate is temperate rainforest.