360 Xochi Quetzal Artist Residency

360 Xochi Quetzal, c/o Debroah Kruger, 221 Pine Street, #404, Florence, MA 01062.  Tel.: (413) 648-6161.  Located in Chapala, on the shores of the largest lake in Mexico.  One-month residency for up to four artists at a time (aged over 23 years).  Artists can bring a spouse or significant other (but no children or pets).  No fees. (visual, literary, performing arts)

Atlin Center

Atlin Center, PO Box 207, Atlin, British Columbia, Canada. V0W 1A0 (800) 651-8882. Studio residence program offers creativity retreats. Stunning wilderness setting on Monarch Mountain, on 10 hectares of wooded land with a spring-fed pond. Open to artists who feel drawn to the natural world for inspiration. Accommodation in well-equipped, self-contained housekeeping units with kitchens; shared bath and laundry facilities. Also offers tent accomodations. Camping, kayaking, canoeing and mountain bicycling gear available. Open year-round. Fees charged. (visual, literary arts)

Banff Centre

The Banff Centre for the Arts, Box 1020, Station 28, 1077 Tunnel Mountain Dr., Alberta, Banff, T0L 0C0 Canada. (403) 762-6100. Office of the Registrar. Residencies from 1 week to 1 year, fees for accommodations, studios, and meals. Open to experienced professionals who are beyond basic training; located on a mountainside pine grove in a National Park. (visual, literary, performing arts)

Bishogama Ceramic Workshop

Bishogama International Ceramic Workshop, Box 144, T0H 2C0 Hythe A.B. Canada. Tel: 1-780-356-2424. Equipment provided includes Anagama (traditional Japanese wood kiln) Salt-kiln, wood-fire-kiln, electric-kilns, gas-kilns, raku-kilns. 2 studios with all technical equipment. Individual rooms in shared house with 6 large bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, large living room with fireplace and a very large dining / kitchen area and laundry room. (visual arts)

Campos de Gutierrez

Campos de Gutierrez, Calle 65, No. 48-87 Prado Centro, Medellín, Columbia. Tel: +54 (310) 443-0408 and +54 (034) 221-4076. International residency program for contemporary visual artists, designers, curators, and art historians housed in a 19th c. coffee plantation in the foothills of Medellín. Accommodates 5 to 8 artists at a time with private lodging, unlimited studio access, optional weekly critiques from guest critics, weekly guided tours of cultural and historic sites, opportunity to exhibit or give a talk. Fees charged; some financial aid available. (visual arts)

Centre Est Nord Est

Centre Est Nord Est, 335 Avenue de Gaspe-Ouest, Saint Jean Port Joli, Quebec G0R 3G0, Canada (418) 598-6363. Located near the St. Lawrence River and the Appalache Mountains. Open to up to 6 Canadian and international artists at a time. 2-month residencies in the spring, summer, and fall. Also organizes events, lectures, and publications. Stipend, technical assistance, individual studio, access to sculptural equipment provided. Artists cover the costs of accommodation, meals, and travel. (visual arts)

Chambre Blanche

La Chambre Blanche, 185 Rue Christoph Colomb Est, Quebec, Quebec G1K 3S6, Canada (418) 529-2715. Site-specific residencies.  Provides room, studio, professional assistance for artists to complete projects.  (visual arts)

Dolgian House

Dolgian House Artists’ Colony, PO Box 3309 Meaford, ON N4L 1W7 Canada 613 749-3491. 50-acre wooded farm 15 minutes from the shores of Lake Huron. 3 artists at a time. Accommodations include private bedrooms and shared bathroom; some meals provided. Residencies of 2 weeks to 2 months between July 1 and Labor Day. Artists-in-residence expected to donate a piece of artwork to the organization. Fees charged. (visual and literary arts)

Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

Ewart Duggan Residency Program, Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, 401 First St. SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8W2, Canada. Tel: (403) 502-8580. The Duggan House is the oldest brick residence in Alberta. Overlooking the Saskatchewan River, in close proximity to the historic downtown. Houses two artists at a time. Open to Canadian and international cultural professionals, established and emerging. Residents must publicly engage with the community in some manner. Weekly fee includes housing, utilities, internet; artists are responsible for their own travel, food, materials. (visual, performing, literary, media arts)

Great Rivers Arts Institute

Great Rivers Arts Institute, PO Box 639, Walpole, NH 03608 (603) 758-3638. Residencies in Patzcuaro, Mexico at Casa Don Miguel, a 250-year-old monastery. Private rooms, separate studios for visual artists; 2 meals a day included. Fees charged; partial fellowships available. (visual, literary arts)

Gushul Residency Program

University of Lethbridge, Gushul Studio Residency Program, Department of Art, 4401 University Dr., Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4, Canada (403) 394-3997. 1-3 month residencies at the Gushul Studio on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. There is a user fee to cover operation. Also runs the Southern Alberta Art Center and Trap/Door Residencies.  (visual and literary arts)


The Haven, AIR Program, 240 Davis Road, Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1X1 Canada.  Tel: (250) 247-9211 or (877) 247-9238.  Located in a centre for personal development on one of the southern gulf islands of British Columbia, 20 minutes by float plane (or 2 hours by ferry) from Vancouver.  Residencies for one to two artists at a time, includes dinner but not other meals. (visual, performing, media, literary arts)

Joy Kogawa House

Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6P 2N4 (604) 263-6581.  Open to writers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada with substantial publications or other credits.  Accepts writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.  Residencies of 3 or 6 months for one writer at a time. Pays monthly stipend. The aims of the residency are to foster greater appreciation for Canadian writing within the Metro Vancouver community, offer members of the community an opportunity to interact with the resident author, and to provide the space, time and resources for a Canadian author to write. The writer-in-residence is expected to provide advice to emerging and other writers through one-to-one consultations, seminars and school visits. This full-time position (35 hours per week) requires 40 percent of the author’s time be spent on public programs or projects, leaving 60 percent of the work week available for creative writing. Applicants are encouraged to identify innovative ways their residency would foster an appreciation for Canadian writing and involve communities not typically exposed to Canadian literature. The house, where Kogawa lived as a child, stands as a cultural and historical reminder of the expropriation of property that all Canadians of Japanese descent experienced after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, and as a place of healing and reconciliation. (literary arts)

Julia and David White Artists Colony

The Julia and David White Artists’ Colony, Apdo, 102-6100, Cuidad Colon, Costa Rica. Tel: 011-506-249-1414. Year-round fellowships of one month or more to writers, visual artists, and composers from around the world. Private studios provided. Fees charged; artists must also pay for their own supplies, meals, and transportation. (visual, literary, performing arts)

Klondike Institute of Art and Culture

Klondike Institute of Art & Culture, Artist in Residence Program, Bag 8000, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada Y0B 1G0 (867) 993-5005. Residencies of 4 to 12 weeks for 2 artists at a time in the Macaulay Residence, a 1901 building owned by Parks Canada, part of the Dawson Historical Complex National Historic Site. Private bedrooms and studios; shared living space. Open to artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, design, architecture, photography, installation, performance, video, film, new media, and audio. No fees. (visual, media, and interdisciplinary arts)

Odysseys Costa Rica

Odysseys Costa Rica, APDO 10578-1000, San Jose, Costa Ria. Tel. 011-506-2445-5236. Nonprofit organization arranges home stays for writers and visual artists at all stages of their careers. Located in the tropical cloud forest of San Ramon. Fees charged by week or month; includes private bedroom and work space in the home of a host family, all meals, and weekly program activities. Can accommodate up to 8 artists at a time, in four homes. Stipends and fee remissions available to writers who agree to facilitate a workshop hosted by the Asssociation. Operates year-round; residencies awarded through a competitive process. (visual and literary arts)

Riverside Albert Artist Retreat

Riverside Albert Artist Retreat, 1749 2 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB T2N 0G3 Tel: (403) 975-0190. Quiet, rural property on the Bay of Fundy. Accommodates up to 6 artists at a time on a first-come, first-served basis, for varying lengths of stay. Fees charged. (visual, literary, performing, and media arts).

Ross Creek Centre

Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, 555 Ross Creek Rd., Canning, N.S. B0P 1H 0 Tel: (902) 582-3842. Residencies of 2 weeks to 2 months. Located on 186 acres of farm and forest in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Open to artists of all disciplines, as well as architects. Fees charged; work exchange available. (visual, literary, media, performing arts)

Sacatar Foundation

Sacatar Foundation, 44460 Itaparica, Bahia; Quinta Pitanga, Rua de Alegria 10, Brazil. Tel: 011-55-71-631-1834. Alternate address: PO Box 2612, Pasadena, CA 91102. Visual and literary (writing in Portuguese or English). Residencies scheduled throughout much of the year, although the Foundation always closes for a month starting the week before Carnaval, which usually falls in February. Residential sessions last from six to twelve weeks, with most scheduled for eight weeks. On occasion, the Foundation hosts Special Projects, which may be of shorter duration. Special Projects are group projects with a specific focus and purpose, originated by the Foundation or proposed by others. Mix of Brazilian and international artists, no stipend, but round trip airfare is covered, as well as room and board, accommodates 6 artists at a time, approx. 15-25 residents per year. Located on the Quinta Pitanga estate on the Island of Itaparica in the Bay of All Saints, across from the city of Salvador, Bahia. (visual, literary arts)

Saskatchewan Writers/Artists Colonies

Saskatchewan Writers/Artists Colonies, Box 3986, Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 39R Canada (306) 757-6310. Operates St. Peter’s Abbey Colony, and Emma Lake Colony; weekly fees charged; offers 3 weeks in winter at St. Peter’s or 2 to 5 weeks in summer (at both locations); preference given to Saskatchewan residents. Accommodates 10 to 18 artists at a time. (visual, literary arts)

Spark Box Studio

Spark Box Studio, 885 County Rd. 5, Picton, ON Canada K0K 2T0 (613) 476-0337. Located in Prince Edward County in Ontario, 2.5 hours from Toronto. Offers fee-based residencies that range in length from a weekend to 2 months. Can accommodate 3 residents at a time; provides private bedroom and studio space. Open to emerging and professional printmakers, photographers, painters, illustrators, and writers. Access to print or photography studios available for additional equipment and supply fees. (visual, literary arts)

Tatamagouche Centre

Tatamagouche Centre Independent Writer’s Retreat, RR2 Tatamagouche, NS, B0K 1V0 Canada (800) 218-2220. One-week residency in Nova Scotia on the Northumberland Strait; fees charged; includes all meals. Double-occupancy rooms. Option to workshop works-in-progress with resident writer in the evenings. Walking trails and canoes nearby. Affiliated with the United Church of Canada. (literary arts.)

Wallace Stegner House

Wallace Stegner House Residence for Artists, Eastend Arts Council, Box 415, Eastend Saskatchewan S0N 0T0 (306) 295-3670 or (306) 295-3281.  Residencies of one week to 11 months in a small, two-bedroom house (where Stegner lived from age 7 to 12) in a rural agricultural community overlooking the Frenchman River and the Cypress Hills in Southwest Saskatchewan.  Fees charged.  Residents staying over 2 weeks asked to make a public presentation.  Canadian writers can apply for a grant that covers all costs for a one-month stay each October.  (literary, visual, and performing arts)

Writing Between the Vines

Writing Between the Vines, various locations in California and western Canada. Offers three to four short-term retreats (one week or less) on vineyards each winter and spring for individual writers. Residents are provided with free housing, but are responsible for travel, food, and all other expenses. Open to poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, screenwriters, travel writers, and food and beverage writers. (literary arts)