Call for Applications: Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist Residency 2025

Call for Applications:
Artists in Residence on Gabriola Island, 2025

About the Residency

Gabriola Island has a permanent population of just over 4,500 with a large number of seasonal visitors. With one of the highest number of artists per capita in Canada and many art-centered events, Gabriola has earned its moniker, ‘Isle of the Arts’. There’s always something going on—from live theatre to art-show openings, house concerts to poetry readings. Our vibrant arts community offers the opportunity for artists to build networks, reach new audiences and explore the different cultural influences on Gabriola.

The residency provides a live/work space on an inspirational and intimate island setting, allowing artists the opportunity to imagine, create, experiment, develop new ideas, and ultimately a new body of work.

About Toshiko Kasahara

Toshiko Kasahara’s love of Gabriola, the arts, and connection with love of Gabriola, the arts and connection with community are what drives this residency. We hope that each artist in residence will also embrace these loves and leave behind lasting evidence of the connections the artist has fashioned with the Gabriola community during their time on the island.

Diversity enriches community. Gabriola Arts Council is committed to appreciating and celebrating diversity in arts. We strive to increase understanding and acceptance of each other, thereby making us more compassionate human beings and strengthening the fabric of our communities.

The KGT Residency is a self-directed retreat, with opportunities for professional development, while giving the local community access to a diverse range of arts practices, theories, and experiences. We welcome interdisciplinary and crossover collaborations.

The selected artist will reside in a beautiful 1700 square foot, single level, 3 bedroom, ocean front home with hardwood floors and large picture windows.

You can walk right onto the rocky beach and walking trails are across the street. The home does not have a formal studio space, but the front room (open concept living/dining/kitchen space) with a large granite table/desk looking out at the ocean and the extra bedrooms with a folding worktable are suitable areas for studio work. The grounds are large enough and has a tent for outdoor work if desired.

What practical facilities does the residency offer?

  • Primary bedroom with full en suite bath
  • Two private bedrooms with an additional full bath
  • Open concept kitchen and living space with work table
  • Internet
  • Printer
  • Professional drop cloths available upon request
  • Deck facing the ocean
  • Free exhibition/workshop/artist talk. There is performance space at Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre
  • Promotional services via the Arts Council newsletter/website
  • Networking opportunities with community

Expenses paid by the artists

  • Travel
  • Short term moving costs
  • Food
  • Artist working supplies

A damage deposit of $500 is required upon arrival and will be returned to you at the end of the residency provided that the house is left in good order.

At the end

At the end of the residency the artist is expected to present a gallery show, a performance piece, a reading, or an appropriate sharing of the body of work completed during the residency, to the Gabriola community. Gallery space/outdoor space/performance space for this show (as well as on-line digital promotion) will be provided by the Gabriola Arts Council.

Application criteria

Applications are welcome from Canadian artists working in a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to, visual art, film, literary arts, performance arts, music/sound, other.

Applicants should keep in mind the unique environment of Gabriola Island and familiarize themselves with the amenities and services available. Nanaimo is a 20 minute ferry ride away and has additional services, such as a fully stocked art store, large music store, galleries, etc. Gabriola also has a bus system called Gertie.

The house is suitable for two people, but we do not accept joint applications. The successful applicant may choose to bring their partner, child, or art companion. Unfortunately no pets are allowed at the house.

Applications are now open for 2025

Five residency periods are being offered for 2025. One applicant will be chosen for each residency period.

  • January 13 – February 23, 2025
  • March 1 – April 26, 2025
  • May 1 – June 26, 2025
  • September 1 – October 25, 2025
  • November 1 – December 15, 2025

For complete details and to apply

Apply at drop down menu under “what we do”.
All applications are due: August 23, 2024 by 5pm PDT

If you require any form of assistance throughout the residency application process, please contact Roweena at or call the office at 250-247-7409, so we can help where we can and ensure equity in our application process.

Gabriola Arts Council
PO Box 387
Gabriola, BC V0R 1X0