English, Spanish, French
2 weeks to 1 month
Paid by host:

The host will cover heat, hot water & wifi costs. Also they can help the artist fill out any relevant grant information.

Paid by artist:

The artist is responsible for their own transport to Vancouver Island. The residency fee for 1 artist is:

  • 2 weeks: $750
  • 1 month: $1,400
Application guidelines:

There is no application fee, however artists should read through the program description to ensure that the residency fits for their needs & goals. The application is online.


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The Ou Gallery

The Ou Gallery

Vancouver Island Canada Residency

The Ou-telier residency is a personable and process-based experience; a place to decompress, experiment, research, play and make space to develop new ideas. They welcome applications from emerging and established artists of all mediums and practice. The organisers love hosting artists who are focused, self-directed, motivated, and kind. An artist-run space, The Ou used to be an old boatbuilding workshop and you can feel the history in the old fir floors and its layers of resin. Their focus is to support and encourage you and the progression of your work, while building an international community of artists.


The outcome is largely up to the artist & the organizers will do their best to support their project goals by providing them with the mental and/or physical workspace needed.

Studio Information

Each artist has 24-hour access to a dedicated, semi-private studio space. Each 10' x 20' studio is equipped with full lighting, heat, tables and plenty of wall space and is located in a large room with old fir floors, 10' ceilings and open rafters.

Accommodation Information

The artists are provided with a private, furnished bedroom in a beautiful share suite that overlooks a creek. Also included are linens for bed & bath, heat & hot water, Wi-Fi. The suite has a large living room, kitchen, gas stove & patio. Artists are responsible for cleaning their room, preparing their own meals & keeping common areas tidy.
This is a shared living space that can accommodate up to two artists, or an artist with their family.


The Ou is located in the Cowichan Valley, on the unceded & traditional Coast Salish territory of the Qu'wut'sun nation, halfway between Victoria & Nanaimo on Vancouver Island on the West Coast of Canada.

Contact information

3091 Agira Road
Duncan BC V9L3Y3

art [at]