Call for Applications: Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist Residency, Fall/Winter 2023 & Spring 2024

Call for Applications:
Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist Residency on Gabriola Island
Fall/Winter 2023 and Spring 2024

Residency details

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. Toshiko’s love of Gabriola, the arts, and connection with the community are what drives this residency. The KGT trustee (dear friend and neighbour of Toshiko) hopes 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. 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 to erect a tent for outdoor work if desired. There is a tent on the grounds now for use.

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/performance space at Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre
  • Promotional services via the Arts Council newsletter/website
  • Networking opportunities with the 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.

Culmination of the residency

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 online 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, and more.

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, a 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 Fall 2023 and Spring 2024

Five residency periods are being offered for Fall 2023/Spring 2024 as follows:

  • September 1 – 30, 2023
  • October 6 – December 5, 2023
  • February 1 – March 29, 2024
  • April 3 – May 29, 2024
  • June 1 – 30, 2024

Apply at via the drop-down menu, under “what we do”.
Application deadline: June 25, 2023

Gabriola Arts Council
PO Box 387
Gabriola, BC V0R 1X0
p: 250-247-7409