Deadline: Open call

2017/2018 Self-Directed Residencies in the Beautiful North Okanagan

Open call for writers, artists, curators, cultural researchers, musicians and performers!

Description of Residency Program
The Caetani Cultural Centre offers emerging and established artists and writers creative living and working spaces in an independent community atmosphere for self-directed residencies, providing time, support and room for creativity, at affordable rates.

Self-directed residencies are of varying lengths of time, from 2 weeks to 3 months, to suit the individual needs of the applicant. Please specify the preferred time period for the residency and length of stay for project in your application form. The Self-Directed Residencies are not sponsored or themed.

1. CAETANI ROOM (writer’s live/work space OR paired with Ninfa Studio)
large room, queen bed, small sofa, desk/chair

November 3, 2017 – October 2018

2. SERMONETA ROOM (writer’s live/work space OR paired with the Ninfa Studio)
medium room, queen bed, desk/chair

July 1 – September 1, 2017
November 2 – 16, 2017
November 27 – December 31, 2017

3. **NEW! FOGLIANO ROOM (modest writer’s live/work space OR paired with Ninfa Studio)
small room, single bed, desk/chair

April 18 – May 24, 2017 (room only – no studio available)
June 10 – September 30, 2017 (limited studio availability)
October 18, 2017 – onwards

For more information on pricing, room and studio sizes, and how to apply – visit

Unless otherwise indicated, applicants are suggested to apply at least 3 months prior to the required time period. All applications are adjudicated by a professional adjudication panel.

The Self-Directed Residencies are not sponsored or themed, and fees are based and pro-rated on length of stay. Artists are expected to provide their own food, materials and transportation. 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.


Shared Residential Accommodation

Shared 4 piece full bathroom
Shared kitchen/eating area.
Shared communal gathering space in the Library
One parking space onsite
Bed linens, towels, and cleaning supplies are provided by the Centre.
Coin operated laundry onsite
Access to Internet, and Library
Artists are responsible for their own travel, health insurance, food requirements, materials, equipment, and should have their own transportation.

Modest studio workspaces located on the Centre grounds are included in the overall fees.

Studio Includes:

Studio Footprint: approximately 12’ x 14’ (3.7 m x 4.3 m)
Ceiling Height: approximately 8’ (2.44 m)
Access to Internet
Tub sink, access to water and washrooms.
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
All fees are in Canadian funds, and pro-rated on the length of stay.

AIR Program fees include private studio space and private bedroom, with shared common areas: kitchen, bath and common areas).

Double occupancy can be considered for an additional fee of $5/night ($150/mo). No pets or children please.
Additional nights/weeks are pro-rated @ the nightly rate.

Please note: The fee 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. Pricing is tiered based on the length of the residency and the specific needs of the proposed project. 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.

Expectations towards the artist

Based on the length of the residency, and if requested, the Caetani Cultural Centre will assist in facilitating workshops, receptions, and public programming based around the participating artist’s work. 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
Apply online at 

Please read all Specific Guidelines for the Individual Programs.

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.

Artists are responsible for their own transportation. The Caetani Centre residential accommodation is within walking distance to most downtown shopping amenities, and 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. For an idea of how large our province is, please visit this link: How Big is British Columbia?

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.

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.

Summer: You may think of Canada as the Great White North, however, Vernon, British Columbia can get very hot during June, July and August in particular, ranging to over 30°C occasionally. Generally, the Okanagan Valley is hot and dry during the summer months, however there are exceptions to every rule. Winters are generally becoming more mild, ranging from around +10° to -10° C, however temperatures can also reach as low as -25°C or more in late December or January. Usually this kind of cold does not last more than 2 weeks, but this can fluctuate during the winter months. In the Spring, temperatures warm up rapidly in the region, with April daytime highs reaching 20ºC. Participants are encouraged to bring a variety of clothing for all weather conditions.

2017/2018 Self-Directed Residencies in the Beautiful North Okanagan

2017/2018 Self-Directed Residencies in the Beautiful North Okanagan


No application deadline / Open call

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