A cornerstone of Burrard Arts Foundation programming, the BAF Artist Residency Program offers creative support and professional development to qualified Vancouver-based artists. Vancouver is a city where the space, time and financial resources needed to create art can be scarce, and these limitations can constrain artists, preventing their work from reaching its full potential. The BAF Residency Program helps artists surpass these barriers, providing a dedicated space for creative production in Vancouver and facilitating work that otherwise, may not have been realized.

While each Residency is tailored to the artist coming into it, all are comprised of ten weeks at work in BAF Gallery’s Vancouver studios followed by an exhibition in the adjacent gallery space. Six artists are welcomed into the Residency Program every year, working in neighbouring studios and eventually, having their work shown together as well. BAF Artist Residencies provide studio space, a materials budget, and an honorarium. The creation of new connections with the Vancouver artistic community, including possible mentors, buyers, and dealers, are also prioritized. 

While many participants are selected by invitation, applications are welcomed during the month of August. Diversity is a crucial selection factor, both in terms of artists’ identities and backgrounds and the mediums and styles of their work. To apply to the BAF Residency Program, please email your artistic CV, website or portfolio, and images of past work to info@burrardarts.org, including ‘BAF Residency Program Application’ in the email subject line.

We thank all those who apply. Selected applicants are contacted by administration in late summer or fall of each year. 

The Burrard Arts Foundation Residency Program is made possible by the generous support of the Chan Family Foundation, the RBC Emerging Artists Program, and the City of Vancouver Cultural Grants Program.