UBCO launches new Artist-in-Residence Program

Visual artists, writers and performers can spend a month at the Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre

UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) is launching a new opportunity for artists, writers and performers to spend some creative time in a wooded retreat.

The FCCS Woodhaven Artist-in-Residence program provides a paid residency opportunity that is open for Canadian and international artists to stay between four-to-eight weeks at the Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre in the summer.

Woodhaven includes a large heritage home with three self-contained apartments and a studio cabin on a large parcel of heavily-wooded parkland neighbouring Bellevue Creek. For years, FCCS has invited artists, writers and scholars to come to UBC Okanagan and work with the students, faculty and community members during the academic year.

This new program creates another dedicated opportunity for acclaimed artists and writers to work with the FCCS community during the summer months, explains Dean Bryce Traister.

“This residency program will give our visitors uninterrupted time and space to live and create in a beautiful nature conservancy. This is an experience that can foster and accelerate artistic process and creation, and we are excited about the people we will get to work with in the coming years,” he says.

The 2021 season will be reserved for writers of all genres. The FCCS faculty will invite writers to apply for a paid Woodhaven Eco Culture Residency and one writer will be chosen for the residency.

The selected writer will be expected to spend time on their own writing and spend part of their time on public outreach. This residency includes accommodation in the large two-bedroom home located at the Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre as well as full use of a writing studio on the property.

“Having time to work with and learn from other artists and writers from outside of our community allows us all to develop professionally and broaden our experience with arts and culture,” says Nancy Holmes, FCCS creative writing professor.

“We are also excited about the potential creative and critical encounters between the visiting writer and the Summer Indigenous Intensive program, a month-long residency that gathers artists, curators, writers and scholars to engage in contemporary ideas and discourse, and is a place for new ideas rooted in Indigenous art-making.”

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