About Residency

Victoria Studio

In 2016, the Kreye family worked in partnership with the Vancouver Island School of Art to establish the Bonnie McComb Kreye Studio Residency. The residency was by Donald Kreye and his two daughters, Sarah and Zoe, in memory of his late wife Bonnie McComb Kreye, who was an artist and educator, who devoted her life to making art and to encouraging the creative talents of all those she came in contact with. She understood the power of art to change lives and to enrich society.  As well as VISA, we have partnered recently with The Fifty-Fifty Arts Collective, Victoria Arts Council Gallery, and the Ministry of Casual Living to offer shows and other opportunities to residents.

Residents have the use of a private garden studio for 2 months or 1 month (with accommodation).  The residency is open to artists working in all media and across disciplines, and in all stages of their careers.  If you are a former resident, we ask that you not reapply for at least 5 years after your initial residency.

Studio:  Residents will have the use a 30 square metre studio space in a private, self-contained garden building with a washroom, worktables, and a kitchenette.  All lighting, heat, water, insurance costs are included. The studio is walking distance to UVic, buses, grocery stores, cafés, forest and beach. The fall and winter residencies do not include housing but suggestions can be provided regarding accommodation in Victoria. The May through August residencies will include free accommodation.  All travel costs must be covered by the artist.

Residency Dates for 2021:  

DUE TO CONCERNS WITH ONGOING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, SOME 2020 RESIDENTS WHO WERE NOT ABLE TO TRAVEL TO VICTORIA HAD THEIR RESIDENCIES  DEFERRED TO 2021.   PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL NOT BE TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR JUNE, JULY, OR AUGUST RESIDENCIES.  APPLICANTS FOR OTHER TIMES MUST ASSURE US THAT THEY HAVE ACCOMMODATION IN VICTORIA AREA AND WILL NOT BE SUBJECT TO POSSIBLE FUTURE QUARANTINES.

January – February:   studio only.  This residency will be sponsored and selected by THE FIFTY/FIFTY ARTS COLLECTIVE in Victoria and will include a solo show, with artist fee, at the gallery in April of 2021. 

March – April:  studio only.

June: Resident will be Kathryn Shriver (Montreal)

July:  Resident will be Renata Minoldo (London/Argentina)

August:  Resident will be Clare Samuel (Toronto)

September – October:  studio only.

November – December:  studio only.

Application Deadline :  October 15, 2020

Accommodation: during the May through August residencies accommodation is provided for the solo artist in a 32 square meter fully furnished bachelor apartment on the property. We can make an effort to accommodate the artist’s partner or family but there may not necessarily be space, so please make a note of this on your application.

Cost:  There is no charge to residents for the studio residency.

Enquires: direct questions regarding Studio Residency to bmkresidency@gmail.com 

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