Artists In Residence

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

Are you actively engaged in your professional artistic career development?

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

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

The Artists Housing Program 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 workshops, and participation in programming opportunities for personal and professional development that help artists develop their craft and move into the next phase of their careers. A multi-term residency is dependent on successful program participation and the achievement of self-defined career goals. Emerging, mid-career, and senior artists are welcome to apply.


All new applicants must be fully vaccinated!

Description of Subsidized Artist Housing Program

  • Clean, unfurnished bachelor suites are rented in six-month terms.
  • Utilities, 24/7 access to shared artist workshop, bicycle storage, and shared laundry amenities are included. A cable/internet package is available at cost.
  • Rent must be paid on the 1st of each month by post-dated cheque or automated electronic funds transfer.
  • Suites are singles-only accommodation. One small pet will be considered; absolutely no dogs.
  • Self-management, personal commitment to artistic career goals, and ongoing prioritization of program participation are required.
  • Artists enrolled in post-secondary artist training programs must provide proof of acceptance in the application.
  • All artists in this program are required to complete 8 hours of mandatory service each month by assisting in the gallery or lodge events.
  • A Participation Agreement is to be signed upon successful application to the program.
  • All artists must agree to the terms set out in that agreement, including the requirement for full COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Building maintenance and property management are provided by Vancouver Native Housing Society.


We are grateful to the following organizations for their support:

Program Alumni (2016-2022)

All Artists in Residence from 2016 to 2022:

  • Agnes Wisden
  • Alexis Battle
  • Anne Riley
  • Alvin Mack
  • Cheyanna Kootenayhoo
  • Cheyenne LeGrande
  • Clayton Charleyboy
  • Cody Kearsley
  • Corey Larocque
  • Edzi’u
  • Ellena Neel
  • Emilee Gilpin
  • Eric Shweig
  • Grace Dove
  • Gerry Sheena
  • Jeneen Frei Njootli
  • Jerry Whitehead
  • Jordan Waunch
  • Joshua Pawis-Steckley
  • Justin Ducharme
  • Justin Rain
  • Krista Belle Stewart
  • Linnea Dick
  • Linsay Willier
  • Lydia Brown
  • Maynard Johnny Jr.
  • Mike Alexander
  • Rebecca Merasty
  • Rory Dawson
  • Rose Spahan
  • Sarah Charles DeCarlo
  • Sharifah Marsden
  • Shayla Stonechild
  • Shawna Kiesman
  • Stephen Gladue
  • Taralyn Sanderson
  • Taran Kootenhayoo
  • Tessa-Rain Cabana-Boucher
  • Ts?ma Igharas
  • Tyson Night
  • Whess Harman

Contact Program Manager