The Ou Gallery

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Ou Gallery is an artist-run centre with a contemporary art gallery & a large workshop space for artist studios, events, workshops & performances.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Ou like \'ooo, nice.\'

Our search to experience & create art has taken us across countries, through basement shows and into attics, until we found & created the Ou Gallery. 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.

The Ou Gallery & residency used to be 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 Valley.

Our residency is open year round & the studio space provided is in an historic boatbuilding factory from the 1920’s with 24-hour access.

We would support you in creating & leading a workshop for the community, and presenting a pop-up exhibition of your work during the residency or in conclusion of your stay, though this is completely optional.

Residency program since


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

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 week
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • 1 month
  • between 1 and 3 months
  • 3 months
  • between 3 and 6 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Other

Visitors are welcome, full-time guests & 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
  • Presentation
  • 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 located just outside of downtown Duncan, on a creek & connected to the Trans Canada Trail

  • Internet Connection
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Woodshop, Event Space
  • Office
  • Kitchen
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

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

How to reach

By plane

There are two airports closest to us, either YYJ Victoria or YCD Nanaimo.

If you arrive by the Horseshoe Bay ferry from Vancouver (because it\'s worth a stop-over) or from the YCD Nanaimo airport (because it\'s the closest to us), we can pick you up at no extra charge. If you arrive in Victoria YYJ, there is a $50 pick-up charge.

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.

Nearest airport

YCD Nanaimo

Contact information

The Ou Gallery
3091 Agira Road

Phone: +1-250-510-8077

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