UBC Okanagan Gallery and Indigenous Art Intensive Open Applications for 2024 Artist in Residence Program

UBC Okanagan Gallery and Indigenous Art Intensive: Artist in Residence Program 2024

The Indigenous Art Intensive Artist in Residence Program provides a paid residency opportunity for a diverse variety of visiting artists including writers, curators, visual artists, digital media artists and performance artists. Artists will stay between 1.5-2 weeks at UBC Okanagan campus to participate in the Indigenous Art Intensive program and in studio production.

For the 2024 season, we are seeking applications from Indigenous artists, writers, scholars, and curators who are engaged in visual arts, creative writing, digital arts, performance, curating, social, and community-based artistic practices. We are not able to accept International applicants at this time.

Deadline to apply: March 15, 2024

Residency Information:

Accommodation: This residency includes accommodation on campus in the Monashee building at UBCO.  Residents are not permitted to keep pets or animals in the accommodation.

Duration: The program runs between May 13-June 15th 2024. The duration of the residency varies and all applicants should indicate their desired length of stay.

Facilities: Studios, labs, FINA Gallery, and faculty offices are located in the Creative & Critical Studies building, 1148 Research Rd. You’ll be assigned a studio space in the Creative and Critical Studies Building, UBC Okanagan Campus.


The Artist-in-Residence will be paid a $5,000 fee for a 1.5-2 week stay. The Gallery/Intensive fee is a lump sum payment to cover transportation to and from Kelowna, per diem, incidentals and materials, no other payment will be made. Where possible the fee will be paid (ie all documents received from the artist based on established timelines) upon the artist’s arrival in Kelowna, BC.

Artists are responsible for booking and arranging their own travel a minimum of 2 weeks in advance and communicating dates and information to the Gallery/Intensive. Changes made to travel arrangements are at the expense of the artist.

Artists in residence are expected to work on their own independent projects during the residency but benefit from a concentration of Indigenous artists and the Indigenous Art Intensive weekly program.

Artists are expected to deliver:

  • one artist talk (approx. 45 min) during a Wednesday afternoon between May 13th and June 15th, booked and scheduled in advance.
  • one workshop (for public or for students enrolled in Intensive classes) to be coordinated by UBC Okanagan Gallery, the Indigenous Art Intensive and artist in advance of arrival and in keeping with contracted terms

Legacy Acknowledgement:

We would appreciate a mention of the support of UBC Okanagan Gallery and the Indigenous Art Intensive program in future exhibitions or publications as a means of making visible the importance of funding and supporting Indigenous artists and creatives.

Application Guidelines:

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday March 15, 2024.
Please send one PDF document that includes all of the below requirements via email to: ubco.gallery@ubc.ca

  • A cover letter explaining why you’re interested in this residency, a description of the specific work you plan to carry out during your residency and what facility needs you may have, the expected duration of the residency, and your capacity to work independently. Please indicate your Indigenous community or how you verify your identity.
  • A CV which documents your professional artistic practice, and contact information (including telephone and email address)
  • Contact information for 1 referees who can speak to your artistic practice.
  • Samples of your art, performance, or writing or appropriate links to samples of produced work (minimum 5 and maximum 15 images/videos/links etc).

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated record of professional practice in art, writing, or performance
  • Quality of past and proposed creative practice and public engagement activities
  • Preference will be given to emerging and early-career artists
  • Connection to the Okanagan and/or Sylix territory in proposed creative practice and/or public engagement activities
  • Capacity to work independently


This residency is open to Indigenous artists in Canada engaged in any genre of the creative arts. Current UBC students are not eligible. Payment is in Canadian dollars and is subject to applicable taxes.

One artist will be selected as Artist in Residence. Applications will be reviewed by UBC Okanagan Gallery and Indigenous Art Intensive Director. Applicants will be contacted with news of the committee’s decision in April 2024.