Artists in Residence

Are you a practicing Indigenous artist; self-identified First Nations, Métis, or Inuit?

Are you actively engaged in  professional artistic career development?

Are you willing to participate 8 hours per month?

Skwachays Lodge at 31 West Pender would like to hear from you!

Applications are being accepted for entry in 2020!

Artists in Residence Housing Program:

Clean, unfurnished bachelor suites are rented on 6-month probationary terms up to a maximum of three consecutive years. Utilities are included with cable/internet package deal, 24/7 access to shared artist workshop, bicycle storage, and shared laundry amenities. Suites are singles-only accommodation. One small pet will be considered, absolutely no dogs. Residences are located on lower three floors of the 7-storey building and elevator access to artist workshop and artist housing is restricted to current artists in residence. Building maintenance is provided by Vancouver Native Housing Society. Rent must be paid on the 1st of each month by post-dated cheque or automated electronic funds transfer.

Mandatory program participation of 8 hours each month is required in exchange for housing subsidy and access to artist workshop. Self-management, personal commitment to career goals, and ongoing prioritization of program participation is required. Artists currently enrolled in post-secondary education and other professional artist training programs must provide letters of acceptance in application.


Send full package to / confirmation of receipt will be sent by email. Do not send originals. Please note; all materials must be in .doc or .pdf formats along with links to online submissions (Google Drive, Vimeo, Youtube).

In order to be considered for this unique subsidized housing program, all applicants must provide the following items to the Selection Committee:

  • Artist Bio
  • Artist Statement
  • Artistic Resume / Detailed list of professional experience (*must include date, venue, city, role, presenter)
  • Letter of Recommendation (*must be from Mentor / Colleague who can speak to your artistic career goals and achievements)
  • Cover Letter / Expression of Interest – Describe WHY you are interested in this opportunity and HOW it will change your life
  • Proof of Income (*CRA Notice of Assessment or if n/a recent 3 months’ bank statements)
  • Professional Development 3-Year Plan – download HERE!
  • Rental Application – download HERE!
  • Artistic Portfolio: (*only links to online portfolio will be accepted – please use Google Docs, Vimeo, or Youtube)
    • Visual/Carving/Jewelry artists: submit 6 images of recent work with image list
    • Video/Film/Theatre Artists: submit links to 10 minutes of recent work with image list
    • Literary Artists: submit links to 5 pages of recent work
    • Conceptual artists: submit links for up to 10 minutes of recent work OR 6 images with image list
    • Performing Artists (Music, Comedy, Spoken Word, Dance): submit links for up to 10 minutes of recent work with image list

Easy 3 Step Application Process!

Step 1 – Gather all your support material today!

Step 2 – Email with your full support material package.

Step 3 – Selected applicants will be interviewed by the selection committee for upcoming openings.

Important: Artist application support material must show clear evidence of the artist’s dedication to their craft and professional career development. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be selected based on the Artistic Career Goals described in their Professional Development Plans, Artistic Merit of Works in Portfolio, and Rental History.

Applicants will be chosen for interview through a competitive selection process based on Artistic Excellence, Artistic Merit, Personal and Professional Development Plans, and Housing Need.

Applicants selected for interview will be contacted. Please, no phone calls or walk-ins.

Skwachàys  Artist in Residence Program Background: Through the profits of the Skwachàys Lodge Hotel and Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery, Vancouver Native Housing Society is able to provide the rental subsidy for the artists in residence housing program. The motivation behind this practice is to provide resources for the artists to develop personally and professionally while taking advantage of the extremely low rental rate for their bachelor suite and access to shared workshop space over the course of a three-year term. This provides 24 Indigenous artists with freedom to focus on their professional artistic career pursuits and objectives.


We are grateful to the following organizations for their support of the Artist in Residence program:

Media Coverage:

Social Media

Recent Events:

Group Show featuring new works by fourteen  Artists in Residence – The Tribe Has Spoken – Group Exhibition in the Gallery from May 10th to June 10, 2018 – more info here!



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We acknowledge that the Artists in Residence program is located on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Coast Salish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. For those of us from other territories across Turtle Island, we understand our positions as uninvited guests and we are grateful for the time and space that we occupy on these territories to pursue our education and practices. In respect, we strive to conduct ourselves accordingly.