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 Gabriola Island. The residency fees are:
2 weeks: $1,500
4 weeks: $2,800

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

Gabriola Island, Canada Residency

The Ou-telier is an independent and process-based experience; a place to decompress, experiment, research and play. Artists stay in a fully equipped cabin with a separate studio and large garden on Gabriola Island on the West Coast of Canada for up to 4 weeks.

They welcome applications from emerging and established artists of all mediums and love hosting artists who are self-directed, focused and kind. Their hope is that you will leave the residency feeling rested, renewed and inspired.


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

The studio is a separate outbuilding on the property with wall space, a work table, lots of natural light and views to the garden. The studio is 100 sq feet and has a covered patio (also 100 sq feet).

Accommodation Information

Your private one-bedroom, one-bathroom cabin includes:

  • WIFI (fast enough for video calls and streaming)
  • Hot water, heat and A/C
  • All bedding for your queen bed
  • There is also a single cot with a memory foam mattress in case of hosting more than one artist
  • Desk in bedroom
  • All bathroom supplies: towels, shampoo, conditioner
  • Dishwasher, gas stove, microwave, washer and dryer
  • Covered south-west facing patio
  • Two bicycles
  • Two kayaks (to be used at own risk)
  • Artists are responsible for preparing their own meals and cleaning the cabin on departure (list provided)

Gabriola is part of the traditional and stolen territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and located a short 20-minute ferry ride from Nanaimo, BC.

Contact information

Gabriola Island BC

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