The Ou Gallery

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Ou Gallery is an artist-run centre that hosts monthly exhibitions, artist studios & creative events. We´re located in the beautiful Cowichan Valley, on the unceded & traditional Coast Salish territory of the Qu´wut´sun nation, halfway between Victoria & Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program


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 was 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.

We hope to continue our journey with you by building an inclusive community space where international artists are able to share their art & perspectives in a creative & supportive environment.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Sculpture
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners

Full-time partners would incur an additional charge

Grants available

We will help provide artists with administrative tasks needed to support their grant applications.

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

Leading a workshop & exhibiting their work is optional though not required.

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


OtherWe are on a quiet street outside of a small town (Duncan). The studios are above a creek and overlook ivy covered maple trees. We are on a road connected to long stretches of nature trails.

  • Internet Connection
  • Photo Enlarger and small darkroom setup
  • Office
  • Kitchen
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

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

How to reach

By plane

The artist is responsible for their own transport to downtown Duncan where we will then pick you up.

If you arrive in Victoria YYJ, the best option is to take the city bus to Victoria ($5) and then take the IslandLink to Duncan ($20-25).

From downtown Vancouver, you can take a Harbour Air flight to Maple Bay where we can pick you up.

If you arrive at the YCD Nanaimo airport, you can take the Tofino Bus to downtown Duncan where we will pick you up.

Let us know what your thoughts are on travel so we can advise you on the best way to get here.

By car

If driving from the YYJ airport, take the highway 1 out towards Nanaimo:

Get on Patricia Bay Hwy/BC-17 from Electra Blvd and Willingdon Rd
7 min (3.0 km)

Follow Patricia Bay Hwy/BC-17 and Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N to Cowichan Way
58 min (74.8 km)

Continue on Cowichan Way. Take Government St to Agira Rd in North Cowichan. Turn right & we´re the big blue & red building.

If you arrive by the Horseshoe Bay ferry from Vancouver you can hop on the IslandLink bus ($20-25) which will bring you right downtown.

Nearest airport

YCD Nanaimo

Contact information

The Ou Gallery
3091 Agira Road
V9L3Y3 North Cowichan

Phone: +1-250-510-8077

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