Similkameen Artist Residency (SAR) Announces Call for Applications

Photo by Isaiah Somsen


The newly launched Similkameen Artist Residency is calling for applications of interest for Artist Residents as well as an Artist in Residence/In-House Coordinator(s).

Deadline: For this pilot season that includes August, September and October, applicants should submit the required Application by August 5, 2022 or as soon as possible to be considered.

For residencies starting in November 2022 until October 2023, the application deadline is September 1, 2022.

About the Similkameen Artist Residency (SAR):

Located near the Similkameen River, far away from the hustle of the big city, the Similkameen Artist Residency is housed in a large newly renovated log building surrounded by sage covered hills and provides an affordable, focused environment for artistic development and exploration. The project space offers artists the unique opportunity to live, work and cultivate new ideas alongside a small cohort of peers, while residing in the Southern Okanagan region of British Columbia near Keremeos. Enhanced by an ethos of community, curiosity, and creative exchange, our vision is to create an engaging and supportive environment that fosters both productive solo studio time with enriching group dynamics.

For more information on the layout of the residency building before applying, please click here.


SAR welcomes emerging, mid-career, or seasoned artists from across Canada and internationally. As this is a self-directed residency, we encourage applicants from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds to apply. We are seeking artists with a BFA, MFA, or equivalent experience, who can demonstrate a strong and committed practice.

We are ideal for a range of practices such as writing, sound art, film, video, digital art, textiles, painting, drawing, photography, hand-sculpture and DIY printmaking.

Note: We are not suited for practices that require machinery, welding, kilns, access to a lot of water or an industrial sink, or practices with loud noises or strong smells that infringe on the work of other artists working in adjoining spaces.

Residency Costs:

SAR is run on a non-profit basis and supported financially by the Freybe Foundation. While the residence fees range from $800/monthly, the assistance from the Freybe Foundation have reduced the fees to $400/month.

Each artist has a private bedroom, semi-private solo studio, and shared common spaces.

A deposit of an additional $400 is required to secure the booking and is returned at the end of the stay if there are no damages. The full amount of $1,600 (1200+400) is required at the beginning of the three-month residencies. For shorter terms, the deposit will remain $400.

How to Apply:

To apply for the program as an Artist Resident, please email the following components to, with the subject line: “Artist Resident Application”

Artist Resident Application includes:

  • A brief statement of intent (200 word max): Tell us about your area of research, key inquiries of your practice, and why you’d like to participate in the SAR residency. In the same document, answer the following questions:
    ◦  Availability between Aug 10-Oct 30
    ◦  Preferred time frame of one, two, or three months residency
    ◦  Do you have access to a vehicle?
  • A Curriculum Vitae (2-page max, PDF) that includes a short bio
  • 5 – 10 images that document your practice (PDF): Individual works and installation shots. Please include titles, dimensions, media and year for all works submitted.
  • Two professional references (name and contact)

Artist in Residence/In-House Coordinator(s) resides on the other side of the log building, with an independent large kitchen and dining area and decks, a small sitting room with a fireplace, bedroom, bathroom, and a bright 15 x 15 studio with high ceilings and large windows for their longer stay. They are an artist(s) who values both the isolation and beauty of the remote location and the communal engagement of the SAR project. They must have a vehicle. Because their space is more self-contained, a partner, child, and pet are all welcome. A Guest Room for short term visiting artists, curators or residency personnel is also on this side of the building.

The SAR In-House Coordinator is an artist who is asked to commit to the residency for six months, with the potential to have this time extended. They are artist(s) who besides working on their own practice are involved in the preparation of the spaces and in the switchovers between residents, welcoming the new artists and providing information from trails to supplies (based on information amassed by our first longterm Artists in Residence 2021-22) . As the In-House Coordinator will function as an on-site liaison for the project coordinator, the normal accommodation fee of $800/month is reduced to $300/month.

To apply for the program as an Artist in Residence/In-House Coordinator(s), please email the following components to, with the subject line: “Artist in Residence/In-House Coordinator Application”

Artist in Residence/In-House Coordinator(s) Application includes:

  • Same material as stated above in “Artist Resident Application”
    (Statement of intent, CV, 5-10 images of work, 2 references)
  • Answer the following questions:
    ◦  Confirmed availability between Aug 10, 2022-Jan 30, 2023 (6 month commitment with potential for extension)
    ◦  Confirm that you have a vehicle as required

Please Note:

Transportation and Materials: Participants are responsible for all travel and personal expenses including food and materials related to their work. The Residency is approximately a four hour drive to Keremeos from Vancouver by car or eighty minutes south of Kelowna.


As the studio spaces are located on the ground level and bedrooms on the upper level accessed through stairs, the residency is not equipped for wheelchair access. For all other inquiries regarding accessibility, please email:

Land Acknowledgement: We acknowledge that this residency takes place on the ancestral, unceded, territories of the Similkameen, Nłeʔkepmx Tmíxʷ (Nlaka’pamux), and Syilx tmixʷ (Syilx/Okanagan) nations. As uninvited guests, we ask artists to consider their relationship to the land and people who have tended to this place for centuries. We ask that artists treat the land with care and respect as we are honoured and thankful to reside and create here.

Contact us:

For further questions, please email the SAR Admin Coordinator at:

Similkameen Artist Residency (SAR)
3380 Highway No. 3, Keremeos, B.C.

Website forthcoming at: