Please read our Covid-19 Guidelines
before making your application
Applications for the Fresh! AIR
program are suspended due to Covid-19.
Open to emerging and established visual artists in most mediums: installation, painting, drawing, photography, digital media, printmaking, etc.
Ceramics artists, please apply for our CeramAiR Residency instead.
- Deadline for 2021 applications is October 1st, 2020
- Successful applicants will be notified by November 1st, 2020
- Three 8-week residencies (start and end dates are flexible):
- May 1 – June 30, 2021
- July 2 – August 31, 2021
- September 1 – October 31, 2021
Apply by clicking here.
(Applications are accepted on-line only)
Please Contact Us if you need assistance, have questions or experience any difficulties.
Note: Do not leave this to the last minute. Staff are available limited hours: 9am-1pm Monday-Friday.
NOTE TO ALL INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS:
Prior to applying, please ensure that you will be able to accept a residency for the dates specified, and are able to travel with visas and passports in order.
Our Caetani Historic Heritage House, Residency & Studios
Click here to watch a 5 minute video that gives a sense of Sveva’s life and the Caetani Cultural Centre.
Our Residency Program Details & Fine Print
This residency includes an eight week stay at the Caetani Cultural Centre and a private studio space or a shared studio space at the Vernon Community Art Centre (VCAC.) Studio space at the VCAC is reserved for printmakers and large scale/wet fiber artists, as they have the space/equipment to accommodate those artistic disciplines.
Artists are responsible for their own transportation, food and supplies.
Please Note: Workshops will only be accommodated for residencies lasting over 4 weeks.
Professional Development, Opportunities & Obligations
The Resident Artist Program offers individuals the opportunity to further develop their work, and to establish professional practices and standards. We offer the support of our 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.
Artists-in-Residence are requested to leave a piece of art in the community, if possible.
Selection of Applicants
The program is open to both emerging and established artists. The ideal candidate should have invested themselves in training, be self-directed and able to work independently. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to artistic excellence as well as an interest in experimentation and innovative ideas.
The successful Fresh!AiR Resident has a willingness to work with the local community and a desire to grow in the development of their own work. They bring a high level of professionalism and competency to the studio that enriches the quality of our programs.
A selection committee composed of arts professionals will review and select candidates for the program.
Sponsored Artist Support
Whenever possible, the program will strive to provide an honorarium (Canadian funds), however this is not guaranteed unless specifically noted prior to the start of the residency. Honorariums are payable at the end of the residency following successful completion of the program. All honorariums are dependent upon funding.
Please note that the Caetani Artist & Writer Residencies are specific programs of creative exploration and study which we provide at affordable and accessible rates through our not for profit mandate to artists, writers and creative individuals.
We are not a hotel, or a Bed & Breakfast.
For ALL Artist in Residence programs, the successful applicant is required to submit a $200 reservation/cancellation deposit upon acceptance to their program. This will be invoiced via PayPal and can be paid on-line in Canadian funds.
PLEASE NOTE: This deposit also acts as a damage/cleaning deposit, and will be refunded via PayPal following the completion of the specified program.
The Caetani residencies include a private room, and also have shared spaces (kitchen, living and bathroom). Visiting residents are expected to keep all spaces clean and tidy in a timely manner. Additional fees may be charged if this requirement is not being satisfactorily met, and will be deducted from the final refund.
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.
- The residency does not include travel expenses, food, health insurance, art materials, shipping, exhibition costs, or other personal expenses.
- Most participants apply for grants to institutions, foundations, universities, government agencies, etc. in their country/province of origin to assist with funding their stay.
- Double-occupancy can be considered for an additional fee of $10/night for the Caetani and Sermoneta rooms only (queen sized beds). We are not able to accommodate pets or children at this point.
We are happy to support any successful applicants for funding prior to attending the residency with letters of support, etc.
Accommodation at the Caetani Cultural Centre
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.
- 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 phone, wireless internet and library
- Artists are responsible for their own travel, health insurance, food requirements, materials, equipment, and should have their own transportation.
Depending on your artistic practice needs, you’ll either be housed in the Caetani Centre Ninfa studio or in a shared studio at the Vernon Community Art Centre (suitable for ceramics artists, printmakers and fiber artists.)
If you’re an outdoors environmental artist, we can also make arrangements for you to create work on the grounds of the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.
Please note: There is limited access to equipment. 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.
Artists are responsible for their own transportation. The Caetani Centre residential accommodation is within walking distance to most downtown shopping amenities, a 15 minute walk to the Vernon Community Art Centre, and a 10 minute drive south of Vernon (partially up hill) to the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.
A complimentary bicycle and helmet are also available for the resident’s use (at their own risk).
Location, location, location…
Canada is a very large country, which many visitors do not understand until they arrive here. For an idea of how large our province is, please visit this link: How Big is British Columbia?
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.
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, 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. 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. In the Spring, temperatures warm up rapidly in the region, with April daytime highs reaching 20ºC. Participants are encouraged to bring a variety of clothing for all weather conditions.
To see past artists and their projects, click here.
Other Available Artist Residencies
Self-Directed residencies for Artists & Writers.
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Suspended during Covid-19.
Fresh!AiR funded Visual Artist Residency.
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Suspended during Covid-19.
Kalamalka Press WiR funded writer in residence program.
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