take time, take it easy
+ experience the art life on vancouver island +
the ou gallery
The Ou was an old boatbuilding workshop and you can feel the history in the old fir floors and layers of resin. We aim to be 'more than just wall space' and our monthly exhibitions are curated to reflect a contemporary & emerging art space unique to the Cowichan Valley.
Read more about the beauty of the where we live here
A self-directed residency, we welcome 2D & 3D artists, printers, writers, poets & performers - makers who need time away to focus on a project, or who would like to teach workshops, create a pop-up installation & gain experience. We are open to hosting events & interesting, challenging, ideas. Let's talk.
workspace + workshop + dancehall
events & classes
We have an ever changing schedule with workshops & events. If you have an idea for a class or performance that you would like to put into action, this could be the space for you.
In addition to your suite with your private bedroom & desk, you will have 24hour access to your own studio space in the Hall (pictured above).
rest easy + creekside living
where are we again?
Vancouver Island! We are in the Cowichan Valley in Quw'utsun' Territory (also called the Warmland, and home of many a vineyard) just outside of downtown Duncan, on a road that connects with the Galloping Goose Trail. Your suite is below the Hall & has a view onto Bings Creek. The suite includes a large living room with lots of natural light, a renovated kitchen with a gas stove & dishwasher, a 3-piece bathroom (includes a tub) with heated floor.
There is a small art store 20 mins walk away, or you could take the bus to Victoria or Nanaimo.
10mins walking distance to a cafe & grocery store. 20mins walk to downtown shops & 15mins to breathtaking swimming holes in the abundance of nature.
Package of welcome home goods to get you started (coffee, organic cream, 12 farm fresh eggs, organic bread & a bottle of red wine). Heat & hot water, wi-fi, dishwasher, heated bathroom floor, shared laundry, garden and patio area. Your own private bedroom with desk. 24 hour access to the Hall for studio space.
Airports & Pick-Up
The artist is responsible for their own transport to Vancouver Island. If you arrive by the Horseshoe Bay ferry from Vancouver (because it's worth a stop-over) or from the YCD Nanaimo airport (because it's the closest to us), we can pick you up at no extra charge. If you arrive in Victoria YYJ, there is a $50 pick-up charge. Or you could hop on a bus
Your Hosts: Barclay + Donovan
Barclay tried her hand at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design but ended up with an MA in Media & International Development. Her passion for travel, art & community engagement has taken her all over the world as a facilitator, student, artist & volunteer.
Donovan spends most of his time trying to figure out how to construct a new deck in the garden and starting and stopping different vices: coffee, tobacco, painting, etc. His passion is writing stories about fish and the garden and speculative deck designs.
As neighbours, we would like us both to be considerate and respectful of each other’s privacy, and open to sharing meals & fires in the garden.
Your house-mate: Zach Hoskin
I am a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Artist.
I aim to make my given audience comfortable with my designs, and uncomfortable with my art. I appreciate the effects and impact that both of these practices can deliver and continually strive to achieve the proper balance of functional problem solving and aesthetic pleasure in whichever medium I am working in.
It all boils down to something fairly simple: make shit + be kind. Whether it is art or design, it's all some mutt-mix of critical thinking, expression, and curiosity.
Be gentle, stay open, contribute value, move forward. Repeat...
+ fine print +
As well as our Gallery & workspace, the Ou is our home. We would ask you to treat the space & your housemates with respect & consideration.
2 weeks: $650 | Monthly: $1,000
*please note that payments via Paypal will incur a 5% service charge.
This residency might not be for you if:
- You're here to throw raging parties
- You want to be incredibly solitary
shorter & longer stays are available, please email us with your ideas & requests
+application & Payment+
Ready to join us? Please apply by filling out the form below. We will then be in touch with next steps. Once you've been accepted, your spot is reserved by a non-refundable deposit of 1/2 of the residency total by paypal or interac e-transfer (in Canada). The remainder is due upon arrival/pickup. Thank you for your time & we look forward to meeting you!