Call for Submissions: Indigenous Art Intensive Artist in Residence Program 2024

Krystle Silverfox working in the FINA Gallery at UBC Okanagan setting up her work for the exhibition, Invisible Forces, during the Indigenous Art Intensive, June 2023.

UBC Okanagan Gallery

Submission Deadline: March 15, 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.

Project Requirements

The program runs between May 13 – June 15, 2024. The duration of the residency varies and all applicants should indicate their desired length of stay of between 1.5 to 2 weeks. 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.


This residency is open to Indigenous artists in Canada engaged in any genre of the creative arts. Current UBC students are not eligible. We are not able to accept International applicants at this time.

Michelle Sound’s studio during the Indigenous Art Intensive, May 2023. Sound created a series of cyanotype prints rawhide drums using flora and landscape images.


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. Payment is in Canadian dollars and is subject to applicable taxes.

Selection Process

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.

Indigenous Art Intensive director Tania Willard along with visiting artists Krista Belle Stewart and Dion Kaszas during a panel discussion, Indigenous Art Intensive, June 2023.

Submission Requirements

  • 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

How To Submit

Please send one PDF document that includes all of the below requirements via email to:

  • 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).

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2024, 11:59 pm

For additional information or questions, please visit the website or contact:
Tania Willard, UBC Okanagan Gallery Director

UBC Okanagan Gallery
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
1148 Research Road
Kelowna BC, V1V 1V7

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