Self-Directed Artist in Residence Program

Please read our Covid-19 Guidelines
before making your application

Applications for our Self-Directed Artist-in-Residence Program are accepted from within Canada only during Covid-19.
Please check availability before applying 

Apply here.

Caetani Artist in Residence program
Caetani House and grounds

Our Caetani Historic Heritage House, Residency & Studios

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Open to emerging and established artists and writers in most mediums: installation, painting, drawing, photography, digital media, printmaking, etc.

Also open to: curators, cultural researchers, musicians, performers and other creators in need of a space to brainstorm, research and generate ideas.

Ceramics artists, please apply for our CeramAiR Residency instead, or consider combining a self-directed residency with a clay drop-in studio membership at the Vernon Community Arts Centre (walking distance from the Caetani Centre.)


  • Applications are ongoing for the Self-Directed Program and dependent upon availability.
  • Please check availability before applying
  • Our minimum length of stay is 2 weeks.

Residency Rooms and Suites & Availability

  • There is one shared suite with 3 private bedrooms available: the Caetani, Sermoneta and Fogliano Rooms. These share a kitchen, bathroom, living room and entryway.
  • There are two standalone art studio available for rent. The Ninfa Studio, which has a sink and running water, and the Bassiano Studio (no access to water).

To explore the rooms, rates and availability, keep scrolling down.

Apply by clicking here.
(Applications are accepted on-line only)

Please Contact Us if you need assistance, have questions or experience any difficulties.

Note: Staff are available limited hours: 9am-1pm Monday-Friday.

Please Read our Covid-19 Guidelines here.
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 prior to making application.

Room, Suite and Studio Rates and Availability

PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY BEFORE MAKING APPLICATION (follow links in blue below, or under Facilities on the menu) for each room or studio before making application.

We try to keep the website as current as possible, however we cannot guarantee availability.

SUMMER RATES (April 1 – October 31) / WINTER RATES (November 1 – March 31)

ALL RATES ARE ROOMS ONLY. PLEASE NOTE: All rates are based on single occupancy, in Canadian dollars.

ADDITIONAL OCCUPANT: An additional fee of $10 per night is charged for double occupancy.

Fees are based on single occupancy live/work accommodations.
The live/work spaces are for the use of writers or artists using digital media.
We do not allow the use of wet or messy mediums in the accommodation rooms.

STUDIOS SPACES ARE ADDITIONAL. You will need to also book a studio space if you work in watercolours, oil or acrylic, etc. An additional fee of $6 per night is charged for separate studio space.

Large Room: Caetani Room – Rate per night: $30 summer/$20 winter
– 19’ x 14’-2”, (5.8 m x 4.3 m)
Queen bed / Large room with couch and desk/chair. Double occupancy allowed.
Perfect for a writer, digital artist, curator, cultural researcher, etc.
Check Availability 

Medium Sized Room: Sermoneta Room – Rate per night: $20 summer/$15 winter
– 12’-4” x 9’ (3.75 m x 2.75 m)
Queen bed / Medium size room with desk/chair. Double occupancy allowed.
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Small Room: Fogliano RoomRate per night: $15 summer/$10 winter
9’-9”x9”-8” (2.97m x 2.97m) 
Single bed / Small room with desk/chair.
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  • All studios Footprint: approximately 12’ x 14’ (3.7 m x 4.3 m)
    • Ceiling Height: approximately 8’ (2.44 m)

Ninfa Studio
Separate studio space with drafting table and sink.
Can be paired with any room.

Bassiano Studio
Separate rectangular studio space with drafting table and concrete floor.
Can be paired with any room.

Sveva Studio
Caetani House rectangular studio space with wood floor, two walls of windows, access from outside house.
Can be paired with any room.

Please note:

  • The fee 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.
  • Pricing is tiered based on the length of the residency and the specific needs of the proposed project.
  • 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.
 **see below for more information on our rooms & studios

Our Residency Program Details & Fine Print

The Caetani Cultural Centre offers artists and writers creative living and working spaces in an independent community atmosphere for self-directed residencies, providing time, support and room for creativity, at affordable rates.

Open to emerging and established artists in most mediums. Writers, musicians, curators, cultural researchers, musicians and performing artists are also welcome and encouraged to apply.

Self-directed residencies are of varying lengths of time, from 2 weeks to 3 months, to suit the individual needs of the applicant. Longer terms may be negotiated if needed.

The Self-Directed Residencies are not sponsored or themed, and fees are based and pro-rated on length of stay. Artists are expected to provide their own food, materials and transportation.

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.

Artists are responsible for their own transportation, food and supplies.

Professional Development, Opportunities & Obligations
The Self-Directed Artist in Residence 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, readings and public programming based around the participating artist’s work.

Please Note: Workshops and Pop-up Exhibitions will only be accommodated for residencies lasting over 4 weeks.

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.

We are not a hotel, or a B&B.

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.

For ALL AiR and WiR programs, the successful applicant is required to submit a reservation/cancellation deposit of $200 upon acceptance to their program. This will be invoiced via PayPal and can be paid on-line in Canadian funds.

PLEASE NOTE: This also acts as a damage/cleaning deposit, and this will be refunded via PayPal following the completion of the specified program, pending any additional charges.

The Caetani residencies include a private room, and also have shared spaces (kitchen, living and bathroom). The visiting residents are expected to keep all spaces clean and tidy in a timely manner.

Additional fees may be charged if we feel that 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.

Shared Residential Accommodation SEE ABOVE FOR RATES ETC:

  • Shared 4 piece full bathroom
  • Shared kitchen/eating area.
  • Shared communal gathering space in the Library
  • One parking space onsite
  • Bed linens, towels, and cleaning supplies are provided by the Centre.
  • Coin operated laundry onsite
  • Access to Internet, and Library
  • Artists are responsible for their own travel, health insurance, food requirements, materials, equipment, and should have their own transportation.

Approximate Studio Measurements:

  • All studios Footprint: approximately 12’ x 14’ (3.7 m x 4.3 m)
    • Ceiling Height: approximately 8’ (2.44 m)
  • Access to Internet
  • Tub sink, access to water and washrooms.

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.

Off-site studio spaces may be available for ceramic artists through the Vernon Community Arts Centre.

Please contact the Caetani Centre if you require special facilities or are interested in partnering with a local organization.

Based on the length of the residency, and if requested, the Caetani Cultural Centre will assist in facilitating workshops, receptions, and public programming based around the participating artist’s work.

As a relatively new program, the Caetani Centre is interested in feedback and constructive criticism, and requests that the participant submit an exit survey upon completion of their project.

Artists are responsible for their own transportation.
 The Caetani Centre residential accommodation is within walking distance to most downtown shopping amenities however 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.

Getting from Kelowna Airport (YLW) to Vernon

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.

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Watch a 5 minute video that gives a sense of Sveva’s life and the Caetani Cultural Centre.