Headbones Residency

General information

Brief description of organisation

Headbones Gallery & Headbones Studio Residency
Richard Fogarty, Director
Julie Oakes, Residency Coordinator

Headbones Gallery is a private commercial art gallery with regularly scheduled exhibitions of contemporary painting, drawing, works on paper and sculpture since 1994. Now located in Vernon, British Columbia, Headbones previously occupied a gallery location in Toronto, Canada from 2005 to 2010.

Headbones has a mandate to show work that is of a high calibre and also to feature challenging and experimental work. We have hosted music, dance, puppetry, readings, performances and dramatic special events.

In addition to exhibition programming, Headbones hosts Rich Fog Micro Publishing on its premises. Rich Fog Publishing in conjunction with art writer, Julie Oakes, have created artist catalogues for all Headbones Gallery exhibitions since 2005. Digital examples of the artist catalogues are updated regularly on the Headbones website and are also available for purchase as perfect-bound books from the gallery.

During the monts of April/May and September/October the premises are available to artists for the use as a studio residence. During this time invited guest curators will host exhibitions in the main gallery space.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Headbones’ Studio/Residency, Toronto, Ontario 2007 - 2009

In the spring of 2007, Headbones Gallery put out a call through the gallery’s email guest list for a studio/residency in our studio/gallery/living space in the movie district of Toronto. We hosted 2007 - Iranian Artist’s Cultural Reunion, seven Iranian Canadian artists and internationally renowned Iranian artist, Moshen Vasiri. 2008 – Studio Nine Gallery Ninette Gyordy, curator of the Mississauga Living Arts Center produced two exhibitions with art classes relating to the exhibitions. 2009 – The LAB Sepp R. Brudermann, Austrian curator and film maker, transformed Headbones into a recruitment station and laboratory for his documentary film, The Ark Experiment.

Headbones’ Studio/Residency, Vernon, BC 2011
In 2010, Headbones closed in Toronto and bought two acres 3.5 Kms North of Vernon, BC. In 2010 Headbones designed and built Headbones BC - a 3,750 square foot gallery, residence and studio (980 sq ft) with a twenty-four foot high wall on the west face, designed to accommodate the production of large pieces with doors ten feet x six feet allowing access for materials and art work. Circulating around the heart of the building is a 60 foot long picture gallery that incorporates the daylight from the outside Eastern perimeter of the building through ten tall windows. There is an office for digital and word processing projects, a studio/kitchen with a stove and two under-the-counter fridges (with the idea of two residents living concurrently in the space).

Above the office and above the kitchen at the Northern and Southern ends, there are two bedrooms, each with a complete bathroom. There is also a toilet and sink in the ground-floor studio space. It can be occupied by one artist or shared between two residents.

All is up to building codes implied by the Regional District of The South Okanagan. There are smoke alarms, a heat pump and furnace for heating and cooling. There are exhaust fans for toxic materials in the office and studio as well as fans in the cooking area and bathrooms. The lighting has been designed for work or exhibition applications. There is a car provided for the resident’s use and hosts are arranged for introduction to the local art community.

Headbones’ Studio/Residency is available for four months each year - April and May, and September and October.

In April 2012, Headbones Gallery hosted Zachari Logan as the first resident artist culminating in a solo exhibition.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Performing Arts
  • Literature
  • Curatorial
Type of organisation
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 month
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners

One or two artists - the whole space can be occupied by one artist or family

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Cleaning

Headbones Gallery may invite the artist to do a future exhibition

Application who/how

Digital Application

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


Rural3.5 kilometers from Vernon, BC

  • Internet Connection
  • Kitchen
  • Shared vehicle with valid driver\\\\\\´s licence
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
Other activities happening at the space
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By plane

Kelowna International Airport - YLW
Vancouver International Airport - YVR

By car

Headbones Gallery, Vernon, BC is 35 minutes north from Kelowna International Airport and approximately 5 hours east from Vancouver International Airport by car.

Contact information

Headbones Residency
6700 Old Kamloops Road
V1H 1P8 Vernon, BC


Phone: 1- 250-542-8987

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