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.
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.
A space to make your own
Artists have 24 hour access to their own semi-private, dedicated studio space in the Hall (studios are approx. 8’x15’)
take time + take it easy
Artists have their own private bedroom with a desk and the sound of the creek running by
HERE + WHERE
where are we again?
The Cowichan Valley / Quw’utsun (the Warmland) on Vancouver Island! We are just outside of downtown Duncan (the city of Totems) on a road that connects with the Cowichan Valley Trail. The shared suite is below the Hall & has views onto Bings Creek. We are humbled and thankful to acknowledge that we live on the unceded Coast Salish territory of the Tsawout First Nation.
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.
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.
The artist is responsible for their own transport to Duncan. Ask us about the best options to get here! Our arrival dates are the 1st & 16th of every month. See who else is coming
There is a small art store 20 mins walk away, or you could take the bus to Victoria or Nanaimo (each 45 minutes away)
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.
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: $750 | Monthly: $1,150
+ $45 cleaning fee
Your private bedroom is in a shared living space (independent of The Ou staff home) that accommodates up to two artists, or one artist with their family/partner.
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.
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!