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Self-Directed Residency programs in Canada´s wine country

Get creative in our historic heritage house and grounds - anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months.

Self-Directed Artist in Residence Program in BC, Canada
Self-Directed Residencies can be booked for any amount of time between 2 weeks to 3 months
Deadline: ongoing application cycle
Learn more and apply by clicking here.

Fogliano Room: 

  • available from January 2nd 2019.

Sermoneta Room: 

  • available from now until April 30th
  • anytime between November 1st 2019 - April 30th 2020.

Caetani Room: 

  • available from now until January 19th, 2019 
  • From March 27th 2019 onwards.

Bassiano Suite: 

  • available immediately until December 31st.
  • Anytime after April 7th, 2019.

We have four artist-in-residence options, housed on the second floor of our historic heritage house in Vernon, BC, Canada. 3 rooms, the Sermoneta, the Caetani and the Fogliano share an entryway, library, bathroom, kitchen and living room.
The 4thoption, the Bassiano Suite, is a self-contained 1.5 bedroom suite, with a large bedroom, a writing nook that can be converted into a second bedroom, a kitchen, living room, bathroom, separate entryway and small outdoor deck. The Bassiano Suite is perfect for artists who want to travel with children/support/family and/or require privacy.
There is also a private studio available for rent on the Caetani property, nestled in the backyard and surrounded by other working artists’ art studios.
You can view photos here.

Description of our self-directed residency program
Our Self-Directed Artist in Residency program provides artists (visual artists, writers, creatives and researchers) the ability to work in a supportive community environment of like-minded individuals, to share their expertise and vision, to inspire excellence and create work at the highest level in a nurturing and creative environment.
The artist is provided with accommodations (at a small fee) at the Caetani Centre. A detached studio in the backyard is available at the added fee of $5/night and suitable for visual artists.
For artists that are printmakers, ceramics artists and fibre artists, we can facilitate introductions and use of the Vernon Community Art Centre’s shared studio space. Please note this requires some coordinating, so if this is of interest, please get in touch with the Caetani AiR Coordinator before applying to ensure we can accommodate you.
This residency is a multi-faceted experience that will include opportunities for teaching, community outreach, interaction with other artists, and studio care, and, for longer stays, can culminate in a solo exhibition of new work.

Duration of residency
Because this is a self-directed residency, you can choose the length of stay – our minimum stay is 2 weeks and our maximum is 3 months.

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
This residency program is open to emerging and established writers, visual artists and any other kind of artist and creative we are able to accommodate. If you’re not sure, please get in touch before applying. Printmakers, ceramics artists and fiber artists are welcome to apply, and depending on the scope of the project and technical requirements, can be accommodated in the shared studio space at the Vernon Community Art Centre.

The Self-Directed program includes a private bedroom at the Caetani Centre with shared common areas: kitchen, bath and common areas). 

  •    Private one bedroom (queen-sized bed, desk and chair, clothing storage)
  •    Double occupancy can be considered. No pets or children, please.
  •    Shared 4-piece full bathroom (additional access to bathrooms on-site)
  •    Shared kitchen/dining area
  •    Shared communal gathering space in the Library
  •    Parking for one vehicle 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.

You also have the option to rent the Bassiano Suite, which is a self-contained 1.5 bedroom suite, also on the second floor of the Caetani heritage house.
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.

Accommodation at the Caetani Cultural Centre
Artists are responsible for their own food requirements and should have their own transportation (see below). Parking is available at both Centres.
The Caetani Centre residential accommodation is within walking distance to most downtown shopping amenities, and the Vernon Community Arts Centre is located about a 10-minute walk from the Caetani Centre in Polson Park.
Arrangements for transport of materials may be arranged through volunteers and staff whenever possible, but is not guaranteed. Taxi service is also available. A complementary bicycle and helmet are also available for the resident’s use (at their own risk).

Library & Resources
The Caetani Centre has a small library and additional resources. Artists-in-residence have access to a telephone and internet for business purposes. The Vernon Community Arts Centre also has a library, computers, printers, wifi, etc., for AIR research.

Location, location, location...
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.
The Vernon Community Arts Centre is located about a 10 minute walk from the Caetani Centre, in beautiful Polson Park.
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, museum, 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. Participants are encouraged to bring a variety of clothing for all weather conditions. 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.

Shared Studio Facilities and Equipment – either the Caetani Centre’s Ninfa Studio OR (for ceramics/ fiber artists/printmakers) shared studio/work area is included for the residency at the Vernon Community Arts Centre (VCAC). The VCAC is located about a 10-minute walk from the Caetani Centre.
PLEASE NOTE: Generally, shared studio space is only available during regular open hours for the Vernon Community Arts Centre (see below).
Please note: 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
The Self-Directed AiR program comes at a small fee. We’re a non-profit society and our intention is to serve the artists, so we keep the fees as low as we possibly can.
We’re also currently undertaking a Patreon fundraising project, and as we raise funds, the fee will continue to decrease. Participants are provided with affordable accommodations and studio/workspace as well as support for the AiR Coordinator, and a welcoming local cultural community.
A $200 refundable deposit is required upon acceptance in order to reserve the space.
Participants are expected to provide their own food, materials, and transportation. Fees do not include travel expenses, food, health insurance, art materials, shipping, exhibition costs, or other personal expenses. Please carefully read all the guidelines provided on our website.
Most participants apply for grants to institutions, foundations, universities, government agencies, etc. in their country/province of origin to assist with funding their stay.
We are happy to support any successful applicants prior to attending the residency with letters of support, etc. 

Expectations towards the artist
Professional Development, Opportunities & Obligations:
The Resident Artist Program offers individuals the opportunity to further develop their work, and to establish professional practices and standards. Both Centers offer the support of their staff and facilities to help Resident Artists reach the next stage of development in their careers.
The Caetani Centre will facilitate workshops, receptions, and public programming based around the participating artist’s work. The artist may propose additional events and community programming if they choose.

Exhibition Opportunity
Residents will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the Caetani Cultural Centre’s Studio Gallery and/or offer an artist’s talk/reading at the end of their stay, with technical and marketing support from Caetani Staff. Curatorial support is provided by the Caetani Center.

Application information
Selection of Applicants:
The program is open to both emerging and established artists. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated a commitment to their artistic practice, be self-directed and able to work independently.
Selection is based on the body of work presented, cv and project proposal.
Deadline: ongoing applications are received. You’ll be notified within five business days whether your application has been accepted or not.
Selection process
All applications are adjudicated by a professional adjudication panel.
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.
Reservation/Deposit: For all AIR programs the successful applicant is required to submit a reservation/cancellation deposit of $200. This will be invoiced via Pay pal and can be paid on-line in Canadian funds.
The deposit of $200 will be refunded via Paypal upon the arrival of the artist at the Centre for the specified program. 
CANCELLATION: In the event of cancellation by the artist after committing to the accepted program, the Caetani Cultural Centre reserves the right to retain up to and including the full amount on deposit. The Centre will make every effort to find a substitute artist to take the place of the accepted artist in the event of cancellation. A minimum $50 processing fee will be retained if another artist agrees to take your place.

Apply Online Applications are accepted on-line only.
Please contact the Caetani Cultural Centre if you experience any difficulty.

Self-Directed Residency programs in Canada´s wine country

Self-Directed Residency programs in Canada´s wine country


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