+ experience the art life on vancouver island +
Our residency, The Ou-telier, is a personable and process based experience; a place to decompress, experiment, research, play, and make space to develop new ideas. We welcome applications from emerging and established artists of all mediums and practice.
+ 2019 applications open now +
the ou gallery
An artist-run space, The Ou used to be 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 about the beauty of where we live
We love hosting artists who are focused, self-directed, motivated, and kind. If you have ideas about creative community engagement and installations we would love to hear your thoughts. Artists must be here for 1 month to be considered for a pop-up exhibition.
studios + workspace
In addition to your private bedroom in the shared suite, you will have 24 hour access to a semi-private, dedicated studio space in the Hall (adjacent to the gallery). Spaces are 8' x 15' and each have a window that looks out of the yard & creek.
SLEEP WELL + rest easy
HERE + WHERE
where are we again?
Vancouver Island (also called the Warmland, and home of many a vineyard)! We are just outside of downtown Duncan in the Cowichan Valley on unceded Quw'utsun' Territory on a road that connects with the Cowichan Valley Trail. The shared suite is below the Hall & has views onto Bings Creek.
A private bedroom with desk & 24 hour access to a dedicated, semi-private studio space. Linens for bed & bath, heat & hot water, Wi-Fi. The suite has a large living room, kitchen, gas stove & patio. Artists are responsible for cleaning their room, preparing their own meals & keeping common areas tidy.
There is a small art store 20 mins walk away, or you could take the bus to Victoria or Nanaimo (each 45 minutes away)
2 mins to the Cowichan Valley Trail with gorgeous nature trails to explore, 10 mins walking distance to a cafe & grocery store. 20 mins walk to downtown shops. Onsite access to a small swimming hole in the creek below.
Travel & Arrival
The artist is responsible for their own transport to Duncan. If you arrive by the Horseshoe Bay ferry from West Vancouver you can hop on the IslandLink ($20) which will bring you right downtown. Please note that you do NOT need a reservation if you are walking onto the ferry.
Our arrival dates are the 1st & 16th of every month.
Your Hosts: Barclay + Donovan
Barclay tried her hand at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and 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 working on oil paintings while being easily distracted by other projects inside and outside of the studio. He is currently scheming on the design of a new deck in the garden overlooking the creek, across a pot of hot coffee.
Together, and with help from their kind & wonderful friends & family, they created The Ou Gallery to satisfy their desire to inhabit & share beautiful creative spaces, to be surrounded by contemporary art & to bring artists from around the world to a place where they can feel at home, relaxed & inspired.
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As well as a gallery, The Ou is our home. We would ask you to treat the space & your housemates with respect & consideration.
2 weeks: $650 | Monthly: $995
+ $65 cleaning fee
This is a shared living space (independent of The Ou staff quarters) that accommodates up to two artists, or one artist with their family.
Although we are not able to provide artists with grants or bursaries, do let us know if you've found a grant you're applying for & we can assist with a letter and/or supporting documentation. If you have a family, this might be a good resource.
ready for west coast scenery?
Apply to The Ou-telier by filling out the form below. If you have been accepted, your spot is reserved by a non-refundable deposit & the remainder of your fee is due upon arrival.
Due to our large number of submissions, we will try to answer everyone, but this may not always be possible.
Thank you for your time & we look forward to hosting you!