Deadline: 25/09/2016

FreshAiR: Art & Environment Themed Residency in the Beautiful Okanagan Valley, BC (July-Aug 2017)

Fresh!AiR, a themed program which centres on nature, culture, science, environment, & conservation.

Description of residency program
“The Okanagan is considered as one of the three most endangered ecological regions in Canada.”
The Caetani Cultural Centre (C3) is partnering with the Allan Brooks Nature Centre (ANBC) for the Artist-in-Residence program entitled Fresh!AiR, a themed program which centres on nature, culture, science, environment, conservation and social issues. The ABNC collaboration is intended to serve as a catalyst in broadening and enriching community awareness and the understanding of art and sustainable biodiversity.
This residency includes an eight week stay at the Caetani Cultural Centre and studio space at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre. Artists are responsible for their own transportation, food and supplies.
Major Allan Brooks was a distinguished bird artist with significant contributions made through his art to the field of Ornithology. Community organizations such as Allan Brooks Nature Centre and the Caetani Cultural Centre offer opportunities for the Artists to base themselves in the Okanagan Valley while focusing on their work and contributing to workshops, presentations and/or exhibitions locally.
Artists are responsible for their own transportation. The Caetani Centre residential accommodation is within walking distance to most downtown shopping amenities, however the Allan Brooks Nature Centre is located about a 10 minute drive south of Vernon (partially up hill). Past artists have often used the nature centre studio as a base while working in the field in the Greater Vernon region. If you do not have your own car, artists should budget a minimum of $1000-$1500 if car rental is required for the entire 8 week period. Parking is available at both Centres. Alternate arrangements for transportation may be arranged through volunteers and staff whenever possible, but is not guaranteed. Taxi service is also available to the site. A complimentary bicycle and helmet are also available for the resident’s use (at their own risk).
Location, location, location…
Canada is a very large country, which many visitors do not understand until they arrive here.
The Caetani House is located two blocks from downtown Vernon, and is within walking distance or public transportation to shopping, as well as most public facilities and amenities. Bike trails and bus service are available in the region, and also to larger centres.
The Allan Brooks Nature Centre is located about a 10 minute drive South of the Caetani Centre.
In the heart of award winning wine country, the Greater Vernon community offers hiking trails, nature centres, a public art gallery and arts centre, performing arts centre, recreation centre, Vernon Community Music School, commercial galleries, library, science centre, and shopping. We are located between three lakes: Kalamalka Lake, Okanagan Lake and Swan Lake, and 25 minutes from world class cross country and downhill skiing, and mountain biking at Silver Star Mountain. 30 minutes from Kelowna International Airport. 5 hours from Vancouver by car, 6 hours from Calgary. Vernon has a small airport with limited access.

Duration of residency
Please note that dates are tentative and may change slightly

Deadline to Apply: September 25, 2016
Successful applicants will be notified October 2016
3 x 8-week residencies:
May 1 – June 30, 2017
July 4 – August 31, 2017

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Open to emerging and established visual artists in any medium; installation, earthworks, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, digital media, etc.

Accommodation at the Caetani Cultural Centre
The Caetani Centre does not provide daily cleaning of the studios or rooms, or daily meals. Residents are expected to maintain their studio spaces and rooms, shared common areas of the kitchen, bathroom and other common areas in a clean, tidy and orderly manner, with respect for the other residents using the space.
Residential Accommodation
-Private one bedroom (queen-sized bed, desk and chair, clothing storage).
-Double occupancy can be considered. No pets or children, please.
-Shared 4 piece full bathroom. (Additional access to bathrooms on-site.)
-Shared kitchen/dining area.
-Shared communal gathering space in the Library
-Parking for one vehicle onsite
-Bed linens, towels, and cleaning supplies are provided by the Centre.
-Coin operated laundry onsite
-Access to phone, wireless internet and library
-Artists are responsible for their own travel, health insurance, food requirements, materials, equipment, and should -have their own transportation.

Studio Facilities
Included at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre. The Allan Brooks Nature Centre is located on acres of pristine grassland in the Commonage area, just a 10 minute drive south of Vernon, with amazing views of lakes and mountains. The opportunities for en pleine aire are endless….
-Indoor Studio: measures approximately 12’ x 20’, with 8’ ceiling height; although please note that part of this space is shared with the Allan Brooks for their additional storage.
-Outdoor Studio: The most successful residencies make full use of working out in the field and taking advantage of the lakes, mountains and surrounding natural and wild environments.
Studio Space is only available during open hours for the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm. Access may be provided outside of regular operational hours with arrangements made with the ABNC.
Please note: There is limited access to equipment. If you have special equipment needs you should contact the Centre to ensure that this program is suitable for your expectations prior to making application.

Fees and support
Sponsored Artist Support
Whenever possible, the program will strive to provide an honorarium (Canadian funds), however this is not guaranteed unless specifically noted prior to the start of the residency. Honorariums are payable at the end of the residency following successful completion of the program. All honorariums are dependent upon funding.
For sponsored AIR programs, the successful applicant is required to submit a reservation/cancellation deposit of $200. This will be invoiced via PayPal and can be paid on-line in Canadian funds. The deposit of $200 will be refunded via PayPal upon the arrival of the artist at the Centre for the specified program.
In the event of cancellation by the artist after committing to the accepted program, the Caetani Cultural Centre reserves the right to retain up to and including the full amount on deposit. The Centre will make every effort to find a substitute artist to take the place of the accepted artist in the event of cancellation. A minimum $50 processing fee will be retained if another artist agrees to take your place.
Please note:
The residency does not include travel expenses, food, health insurance, art materials, shipping, exhibition costs, or other personal expenses.
Most participants apply for grants to institutions, foundations, universities, government agencies, etc. in their country/province of origin to assist with funding their stay.
Double-occupancy can be considered for an additional fee of $5/night ($150/mo). No pets or children please.
We are happy to support any successful applicants for funding prior to attending the residency with letters of support, etc.

Professional Development, Opportunities & Obligations
The Resident Artist Program offers individuals the opportunity to further develop their work, and to establish professional practices and standards. Both Centers offer the support of their staff and facilities to help Resident Artists reach the next stage of development in their careers.
The Caetani Centre and ABNC will facilitate workshops, receptions, and public programming based around the participating artist’s work. All organizations work together to provide additional opportunities for public educational programs, artist presentations, and feedback from other artists and mentors.
As a relatively new program, the Caetani Centre is interested in feedback and constructive criticism, and requests that the participant submit an exit survey upon completion of their project.
Artists-in-Residence are requested to leave a piece of art in the community, if possible.

Application information
Open to emerging and established visual artists in any medium; installation, earthworks, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, digital media, etc. Applications are accepted on-line only.
September 5 – October 31, 2017
NOTE TO ALL INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Please ensure that you apply far enough in advance and that you are able to travel, have visas and passports in order and are able to accept a residency for the dates specified prior to making application.
Selection of Applicants
The program is open to both emerging and established artists. The ideal candidate should have a minimum of post-secondary training completed or in progress, be self-directed and able to work independently. Preference is given to candidates who have demonstrated artistic excellence as well as interest in experimentation and innovative ideas.
The successful Fresh!AIR Resident has a willingness to work with the local community, and a desire to grow in the development of their own work. They bring a high level of professionalism and competency to the studio that enriches the quality of our programs.

A selection committee composed of arts and environmental professionals will review and select candidates for the program.

FreshAiR: Art & Environment Themed Residency in the Beautiful Okanagan Valley, BC (July-Aug 2017)

FreshAiR: Art & Environment Themed Residency in the Beautiful Okanagan Valley, BC (July-Aug 2017)


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