Application

Easy 3 Step Application Process

Step 1 – Gather all of your support material.

Step 2 – Email airinquiries@skwachays.com 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.

Application

Applications are being accepted for 2019!

NEW! Application Deadlines: 

April 30, 2019 for opening June 15 OR July 1, 2019

June 1, 2019 for opening August 15 OR Sept. 1, 2019

July 1, 2019 for opening October 15 OR Nov. 1, 2019

August 1, 2019 for opening Dec. 15 OR Jan. 1, 2020

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

Send full package to airinquiries@skwachays.com / confirmation of receipt will be sent by email.

Please submit support material in Microsoft Word or PDF format along with links to online portfolios. 

NOTE: To download forms (Rental Application, Professional Development Plan template, Availability) from Google Drive; click on hyperlink, once document opens in Google Drive, go to “File” drop-down menu, click “Download as”, choose “Microsoft Word” OR “PDF” — if you are still unable to download these forms, email airinquiries@skwachayss.com and fillable copies will be sent to you via email.

  • Cover Letter / Expression of Interest – Describe WHY you are interested and HOW it will change your life
  • Artist Bio – Who Are You?
  • Artist Statement – What Inspires You to Create Your Art?
  • Artist Resume –  Detailed list of professional art & culture exhibitions (*must include date, venue, city, role, presenter)
  • Availability – Residents must work 1-4 hour Gallery Shifts each month of residency-  download HERE!
  • Letter of Recommendation (*Letter from Recognized Professional Artist or Instructor/Mentor)
  • Proof of Income (*CRA Notice of Assessment OR 3 Recent Paystubs + 3 recent Bank Statements)
  • Professional Development 3-Year Plandownload HERE!
  • Rental Applicationdownload HERE!
  • Artistic Portfolio: (*only links to online portfolio will be accepted – please use Google Docs, Vimeo, or Youtube)
    • Painters/Carvers/Illustrators/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 / Cultural Knowledge Keepers: 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 1Gather all your support material today!

Step 2 Email airinquiries@skwachays.com 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. 

Mandatory program participation of (8)  hours each month is required in exchange for housing subsidy and access to artist workshop. Residents must be willing to work in the Gallery one-four hour shifts each month. Training provided. Other program participation may include facilitation of skills exchange workshops, live art demonstrations, and taking part in professional development opportunities provided free-of-charge to residents. Residents will provide their availability for Gallery Shifts upon receiving invitation to join program and must assume full responsibility for shifts assigned upon successful entrance to the program.

Skwachàys Background

Through the profits of Skwachàys Lodge Hotel and 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. Benefiting from an affordable rental rate, with access to a shared Artist Studio over the course of a three-year term, 24 Indigenous artists are given more freedom to focus on their professional artistic career pursuits and objectives.