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 3 months or 1 month (with accommodation), with opportunity to exhibit their work in the Slide Room Gallery.  The residency is open to artists working in all media and across disciplines.

This is the first residency of its kind in Victoria, now in its second year, and VISA is pleased to be part of this exciting new project. The residency has been created by Donald Kreye 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 all emerging and mid career artists including VISA students and alumni. Opportunities for artists to give talks and workshops at VISA can be discussed. Three applicants will be selected each year. Their final art works will be considered for an exhibition in Slide Room Gallery. The Slide Room Gallery is a professional not-for-profit independent gallery space located on the lower level of VISA.

Studio:  Residents will have the use a 30 square metre studio space in a private, self-contained garden building with a washroom, work tables, 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 for the three month but suggestions can be provided regarding accommodation in Victoria. The one month summer residency will include accommodation in a 32 square metre furnished apartment on site. Travel costs must be covered by the artist.

Residency Dates for 2017:  Winter (January 3-March 31), Summer (June 3 – June 30) *includes accommodation, Fall (September 5-November 30)

Accommodation: during the Summer (June 3 – June 30) residency accommodation is provided for the solo artist. There is not space to accommodate the artist’s partner or family. This is a 30 square meter fully furnished bachelor apartment on the property.

Cost:  There is no charge to residency for the studio residency. There is an administrative fee of $100 for the each selected resident to be paid to Vancouver Island School of Art.

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

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