Artists In Residence

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

Are you actively engaged in your professional career development?

Are you willing to volunteer 8 hours/month in exchange for housing subsidy?

Skwachàys Lodge Artists in Residence Program Would Like to Hear From You!

The Artists in Residence opportunity at Skwachàys Lodge is a unique and life-changing housing program for practicing Indigenous artists. This includes subsidized housing in clean, unfurnished bachelor suites, 24/7 access to shared artist workshop, and access to programming opportunities for personal and professional development that help artists develop their craft and move into the next phase of their careers. Maximum three-year stay is dependent on successful program participation and achievement of self-defined career goals. Emerging, mid-career, and senior artists are welcome to apply. 

Apply today for openings in 2019! Click Here!


Description of Housing Program:

Clean, unfurnished bachelor suites are rented at $416/month for a maximum 3 year consecutive term based on successful program participation and achievement of personal and professional career goals.

All 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 proof of acceptance in application.

Apply today for openings in 2019! Click Here!



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

Program Alumni (2016-2018):

  • Anne Riley – Artist
  • Alvin Mack – Master Carver, Jeweler
  • Cheyanna Kootenayhoo – DJ
  • Cody Kearsley – Actor
  • Corey Larocque – Artist
  • Eric Shweig – Actor
  • Grace Dove – Actor
  • Jerry Whitehead – Artist
  • Jordan Waunch – Casting Director
  • Justin Rain – Actor
  • Krista Belle Stewart – Artist
  • Linnea Dick – Activist
  • Linsay Willier – Actor
  • Rory Dawson – Jeweler
  • Sharifah Marsden – Visual Artist
  • Shayla Stonechild – Actor
  • Stephen Gladue – Visual Artist
  • Taralyn Sanderson  – Photographer

Current Artists in Residence – contact Program Manager for Inquiries to Individuals

Apply today for openings in 2019! Click Here!


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