Space and time to create

The Hardy Creatives Residency Program offers one emerging or professional artist at a time the live/work space and time to create, daydream, and dig in to their creative practice, while also having the opportunity to live in and explore the stunning Cowichan Valley (the Warmlands of Vancouver Island) on the west coast of Canada.

(We're honoured to have our residency featured in writer and writing teacher Sarah Selecky's Writing Retreats for your Wish List.)

 About the residency

The Hardy Creatives Residency can accommodate one resident at a time, and the artist receives a bedroom and a private in-house studio space.

The artist-in-residence will share living space with a practicing artist mother Janelle, and her daughter Ellazora in a beautiful, well-built character home situated in downtown Duncan, BC.

Interested artists may apply to stay for between 2 weeks to 3 months.

Special circumstances can be made for partners/children, and particular accommodation will be given to single mother artists with children (the fee will be increased slightly to reflect additional costs, in these circumstances). Please inquire for further details.

The Studio

Your studio is on the main floor, a long and narrow space in the house itself, through a set of French Doors off of the living/dining room.

It's 100 square feet with dimensions of 7'4" by 13'6".

The room has a tall ceiling, and one of the long walls is all windows, looking out into a green yard surrounded by hedges.

There is a desk and two shelving units, which can be used, or removed from the room, depending on your preference.

It's most suitable for painting, writing and visual arts. Dramatic arts are harder to accommodate, but we are always open to ideas.

 About your hosts

Janelle is a practicing artist with an active national exhibition record in dance, visual arts and writing.

She has written for regional and national publications, exhibited in the visual arts (most recently with solo shows at the Northern Front Gallery and the Yukon Art Centre Public Art Gallery in Whitehorse), presented and performed dance choreographies, and combined her disciplines, most recently at the Bare Bones dance showcase in Duncan, and in 2015 at the Whitehorse Nuit Blanche Festival with her Devotional Dance Paintings.

She also has a great deal of arts administration experience, and has taught art, creativity, culture and embodiment workshops at colleges, universities and out of her own living room.

You could say people, in their cultures, and how they move in their bodies is an eternal fascination for her; she's earned a BA in Anthropology, an MA in Dance, and another degree in the healing work of Hellerwork Structural Integration.

Janelle is more than happy to share her experience and knowledge with the artists in residence.

As a single mother artist, she deeply empathizes with the challenges of creating and parenting solo, and for that reason will make a special effort to to host fellow single parent artists.

Ellazora is Janelle's teenage daughter. She's a delightful and creative person, social and curious about life, and is currently a Waldorf school student.

Living with a family as an artist-in-residence

This is a unique opportunity to inhabit a creative space that is also a family space.

You'll be able to indulge in a great deal of solo creative time (we are both gone during the days during the week), yet also share in a warm home environment, and participate in social activities with us (at your preference).

Expectations of the artist

In order to suit Janelle's work schedule(8am-4pm) and Ellazora's school schedule (8:30am-3:15pm), night-times are quiet times.

The artist is also expected to help with dishes from shared meals, and to be respectful of everyone by cleaning up after themselves in a timely fashion.

The kitchen

We are more than happy to share our kitchen and meals with you. Your fee includes a shared dinner and use of basic foodstuffs and groceries.

However, anything exceptional or out of the ordinary will have to be paid for by the artist.

The bedroom

 Your bedroom is also on the main floor, accessible through the living room and the entranceway hallway. It's equipped with a queen-size bed, plenty of shelves, and curtained windows overlooking the front porch.

Linens, pillows, blankets and towels are provided.

The bathroom

There are two bathrooms in the house. 

The bathroomon the main floor, although in use by all residents of the house, will have the shower dedicated to the artist exclusively.

This residency is for you if...

  • You enjoy working independently, but are hungry for a mix of solitary work and connection
  • You're seeking a warm, friendly, family environment
  • You want to share evening meals
  • You're interested in spending time exploring your art, your ideas
  • You'd like to have access to both community and wilderness

This residency is not for you if...

  • You want to stay up really late at night and play loud music, party and fill the house with people
  • You don't like teenagers
  • You want to be incredibly solitary
  • You want to be in an immersive group residency

The fees

2 weeks: $600 Canadian

3 weeks: $775 Canadian

Monthly: $950 Canadian

All fees include:

  • Use of your bedroom, studio and the residency home
  • Basic groceries to make your own breakfasts and lunches (we eat a mix of grains, veggies, fruits and some meat) and shared evening meals. In the summer this includes a great deal of local, fresh, organic produce.
  • Use of the washer and dryer
  • Wifi (wireless internet)

Costs to artist

The artist is responsible for their travel to and from Duncan BC, and any special food/grocery requirements, and any art supplies.

A pick-up or drop-off by Janelle from the ferry terminals or airports of either Nanaimo or Victoria can be arranged at a fee of $50, only on evenings and weekends.

If art supplies need to be purchased, there is a small art supply store in town in Duncan. More art stores are a 45 minute drive away, to either Nanaimo or Victoria.

Payment procedure

  • Once you've been accepted, your spot is reserved by a non-refundable deposit of 1/3rd of the residency total by paypal or interac e-transfer (in Canada).
  • Upon arrival, the next 1/3rd of the residency total is due.
  • Upon departure, the last 1/3rd of the residency total is due.

For example: if you're staying for one month, the cost will be $950.

One third of $950 is $317. So you'll pay $317 dollars to reserve your spot, $317 dollars upon arrival, and $316 dollars upon departure.

How to apply

Please get in touch through our contact form for an application form, and if you have any questions.

Once we receive your application , within a week we'll let you know whether we can host you.

Selection Process

If we have several applications arrive at once, priority will be given to applicants in the following order:

  • artists who are single mothers, and wish to do a residency with their child(ren)
  • artists in the creative incubating/daydreaming/exploratory phase
  • artists creating a body of work

Current Availability/Calendar

We are not currently available to host creatives until 2018. However, we CAN refer you to a truly wonderful artist's residency in my little town on Vancouver Island.

Just get in touch and tell us a little about yourself and your art practice, and if you're a good match we'll direct you their way.

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