English, bit of French
Summer to Fall: 1 week to 1 month; Winter:1 week to 3 months
Paid by host:

Organizers can help with in kind support. Boat trips to town and to restock materials or food are included.

Paid by artist:

Artists are in charge of travel costs, materials and weekly studio rate. Charges are based on length of stay.

Shared Residency Rate: 

  • One week - $350.00
  • Two week - $550.00
  • Three week - $750.00

Private Residency:

  • One week - $450.00
  • Two week - $800.00
  • Three week - $1150.00
Application guidelines:

Please fill in the application form. There is no application fee. Please allow 2-3 weeks for the application committee to respond.


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Hidden Creek Arts Centre

Hidden Creek Arts Centre

Hidden Creek Artist in Residence Program

The Residency Program at Hidden Creek, is intended to give artists an opportunity to imagine and create, in an inspirational, contemplative and intimate setting. A boat ride from Nelson, BC, transports you to Hidden Creek Arts centre which was built with the objective of sustainability, energy efficiency and local & natural materials in mind. It is a special place to experience solitude to reconnect and focus on creative pursuits.

The Residency program is open to artists at all stages of their career, providing space and time for artists to strengthen their practice. They provide artists the opportunity to deeply engage in their work while at Hidden Creek. The residency is self-directed and the length depends on the artist's goals and objectives. Artists are not required to produce work to share, however, in the application, they do ask that potential residents outline the goals for the residency, with the expectation that they work toward those goals while at Hidden Creek.


There are no expectations for public interaction. Workshops and artist talks are encouraged, if desired by the artist.

Studio Information
  • The Art Studio is 500 sq ft and is a fully functioning encaustic studio. However, it is used for various disciplines in the arts, including music, writing, visual arts, theatre etc... ‚ÄčIt is equipped with storage, tables, easels, kettle, sink, ventilation, lots of lighting, and washroom.
  • A studio yurt is also available on the grounds, which is used primarily for writers in residence. The yurt is equipped with 2 beds, a wood stove, and a writing table and chair.
  • Lots of outdoor space for performance, installation art etc.
Accommodation Information

Shared or private residencies: Hidden Creek can accomodate up to 3 residents at a time, from different disciplines and stages in their careers, to live and work. Artists in residence have access to the shared residence, professional studio and a yurt. The residence and yurt include all beds, bedding, linens, full kitchen facilities, shower (no bath) and outdoor and indoor eating area.

Contact information

168 Grohman Creek Rd
Nelson BC V1L7B6

hiddencreekartretreat [at]