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 workshops, 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.  A three-year 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. 

NEW! Application Deadlines: 

Due to COVID-19, Skwachàys Lodge Artist in Residence program is currently not accepting new tenants. Any applications received from March 2020 onwards are being saved in a queue for consideration when the Artist in Residence program re-opens. Send your application in today to be considered:


Description of Subsidized Artist Housing 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 are 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 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.

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




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



Program Alumni (2016-2021):


  • 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
  • Maynard Johnny Jr.
  • 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
  • Whess Harman


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Current Artists in Residence: Contact Program Manager

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