Call for Applications: Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist Residency, Spring 2023

Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist Residency

Residency Period: May 1 – June 30, 2023
Applications due: March 1, 2023 by 5pm PST
Applicant notified: March 8, 2023

Kasahara Gabriola Trust and the Gabriola Arts Council are seeking applications from artists working in a wide range of disciplines for this two month residency which takes place on Gabriola Island, BC, the Isle of the Arts. Gabriola Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands located in the Salish Sea and is a 20 minute ferry ride from Nanaimo located on Vancouver Island.

Toshiko Kasahara came upon Gabriola Island almost by accident, acquiring the oceanfront property as repayment for a loan over 50 years ago. She and her husband dreamed of building on the property, but her husband died before they could realize it. Undaunted (at age 80) Toshiko built her house on the beach.

Her love of the island was matched by her love of the arts – all forms of art – from poetry to loud music. Throughout her life, Toshiko held a strong spirit of adventure. She was curious, passionate, fearless and determined – in almost everything she did. She loved everything the island had to offer – the ocean, the arts and the people. She loved to entertain and – more than anything to connect. The Kasahara Gabriola Trust that she left is a tremendous legacy to this singular, indomitable person who wanted the best for her island home and community.

About the residency

The KGT Residency is accepting applications from Canadian artists at all stages of their career and all disciplines – emerging artists (artists pursuing education within arts field) or established practicing artists with a demonstrated body of work in a professional artistic environment. Artists within a wide variety of artistic disciplines will be accepted including, but not limited to, visual art, film, literary arts, performance arts or music/sound.

Gabriola Arts Council is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our organization and art community. We welcome all those who will contribute to the further diversification of arts on Gabriola Island including, but not limited to, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

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 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.

The KGT Residency is a self-directed retreat, with opportunity 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.

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.

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.

Expenses paid by the artists

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

What practical facilities does the residency offer?

  • Master 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
  • Outdoor area large enough for a 10×10 tent
  • Free exhibition/workshop/artist talk/performance space at Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre
  • Promotional services via the Arts Council newsletter/website
  • Networking opportunities with community

How to Apply

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 or music/sound.

Please fill out the online form and submit any image/video files to DropBox at

Form: Kasahara Gabriola Trust Residency Application Form

Applications should explain why the artist wishes to participate in the program and describe the project to be undertaken during the residency. The proposal must provide a plan for how the applicant will engage the community of Gabriola during their residency.

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. Please indicate in your application self-identities you identify with.

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

We do not accept joint applications. The successful artist may, however, choose to bring their partner, child or art companion.

Selection Process

A jury of community arts professionals, the KGT Trustee and Gabriola Arts Council Board members will review all applications and one candidate will be selected and notified by March 8, 2023.

We will not be able to provide feedback on individual applications.