Hidden Creek Arts and Ecology Centre

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Artist in Residence program at Hidden Creek is new program offered in the Interior of British Columbia. It is a sustainably built straw bale residence and studio with an additional yurt on the property. It is built by artists who wanted to provide an inspiring space and setting for other creative types. The Centre holds workshops, gatherings and residencies. The beauty of the Selkirk mountains, Kootenay Lake and the diverse wildlife, provide endless inspiration to infuse daily creativity. The name Hidden Creek was inspired by the water there, the source being hidden, as is the retreat. It is isolated. You have to travel there by boat. The lake provides a buffer from the town, so you are removed, yet still close to take part in art and cultural events happening in Nelson. Hidden while there, and then hopefully exposed, both personally and in your creative work, when you leave.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The Residency Program at Hidden Creek is a special eco built space that is intended to give artists an opportunity to imagine and create, in an inspirational, contemplative and intimate setting.

The residency program is open to artists at all stages of their career, whether emerging or established. The objective is to provide a live/work space and time for artists, in multi disciplines, to strengthen their practice and deeply engage in their work while there. We welcome painters, writers, musicians, photographers, performance artists and more, throughout the year, with a focus on spring, summer an fall months.

Residents are expected to maintain their studio space and rooms, shared common areas of the kitchen, bathroom and other common areas in a clean and tidy manner, with respect for the other residents using the space.

We provide shared, semi private, or private accommodation. Hidden Creek will accommodate up to 3 residents at a time, to live and work. Artists in residence have access to our shared residence, professional studio, and the yurt which acts as a living/working space. People looking to escape must consider whether or not this is the right environment for them. Transport to and from the retreat is by motor boat. Supplies are delivered on a weekly or as needed basis, by boat. For fees, please visit http://www.hiddencreekbc.com/residencies-retreats

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • For dancers, there is a large exterior deck and studio space, the floor however is concrete.
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

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


Grants available

Most participants apply for grants to institutions, government agencies, foundations, universities, etc. in their country/province of origin to assist with funding during their stay. The self directed residencies are not sponsored and do not have set parameters. The Columbia Basin Trust/Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance have grants accessible to artists living within the Columbia Basin.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Cleaning
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


RuralThe Arts centre is nestled among cottonwood, cedar trees and ponderosa pines. Away from the distractions of daily life, a residency allows one the time to renew and focus on their creative practice.

  • Kitchen
  • There is cell phone coverage at the Arts Centre but no wifi. The objective being to unplug and create.
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops

How to reach

By train

There is no train stop in Nelson.

By plane

Nelson, BC is 25 minutes from Castlegar Municipal Airport, which is approx one hour flying time from Vancouver or Calgary. It is 1 hour, from Trail Regional Airport, which offers twice daily direct flights to and from Vancouver. Nelson is 3 hours from the Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International airport and 3 hours, 50 minutes from Kelowna International airport. Upon arrival, residents must travel by boat to the Arts centre, which is another 10-15 minutes.

By car

Nelson, BC is an Arts community tucked into the Selkirk mountains and on the West arm of stunning Kootenay Lake. By car, it is a 3.5 hour drive from Spokane Washington. A 7 hour drive from Calgary, Alberta and a 7.5 hour drive from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Nearest airport

Castlegar, BC, Trail, BC and Spokane, Washington

Contact information

Hidden Creek Arts and Ecology Centre
Grohman Creek Road
V1L7B6 Nelson


Phone: 2505059035

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