About Residency

Victoria Studio

The Vancouver Island School of Art has worked in partnership with the Kreye family, to establish the Bonnie McComb Kreye Studio Residency. 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.  If you are a former resident, we ask that you not reapply for at least 5 years after your initial residency.

This, the first residency of its kind in Victoria, is now in its fifth year.  The residency has been created by Donald Kreye and his family 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. The family chose to partner with VISA in offering Bonnie’s studio for a short- term artist residency, because VISA, like Bonnie, was dedicated to arts education and support of the local art scene and community at large.

The Bonnie McComb Kreye Studio Residency is open to artists in all stages of their careers,  including VISA students and alumni.  In the year following their residency, artists will have the opportunity to show their work in a group exhibition. In addition, opportunities for artists to give talks and workshops at VISA can be discussed.

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 and June 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 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 and June 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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