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 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.  Three-year residency 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!

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


Description of Housing Program:


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 shift 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.

Clean, unfurnished bachelor suites are rented at $416/month in six-month intervals, for a maximum 3 year consecutive term.

Utilities, cable/internet package deal, 24/7 access to shared artist workshop, bicycle storage, and shared laundry amenities and included.

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 career goals, and ongoing prioritization of program participation is required.

Artists enrolled in post-secondary artist training programs must provide proof of acceptance in application.

Building maintenance and property management is provided by Vancouver Native Housing Society. 

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 (2016-2019):

  • Anne Riley
  • Alvin Mack
  • Cheyanna Kootenayhoo
  • Cody Kearsley
  • Corey Larocque
  • Edzi’u
  • Emilee Gilpin
  • Eric Shweig
  • Grace Dove
  • Jerry Whitehead
  • Jordan Waunch
  • Justin Rain
  • Krista Belle Stewart
  • Linnea Dick
  • Linsay Willier
  • Rory Dawson
  • Rose Spahan
  • Sharifah Marsden
  • Shayla Stonechild
  • Stephen Gladue
  • Taralyn Sanderson

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

Apply today for openings in 2019! Click Here!


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