The Artist-in-Residence program runs three times a year. January 2nd to May 28th, June 1st to August 29th, September 1st to December 23rd. Two consecutive residency dates are encouraged.
To be considered for this residency, applicants are expected to have a firm understanding of their material and be ready to begin producing work for sale with the objective of continued production.
Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio and Gallery is located in the old quarter of downtown Nanaimo, on traditional unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw people. We have a gallery and run a variety of classes, workshops and membership programs. Our artist-in-residence program is an intrinsic part of how our studio runs and grows. NCA works hard to create a culture of sharing and learning, we encourage members of all skill levels and welcome a diverse community.
NCA is 1700 sq./feet and consists of a gallery, 4 private studios, a kitchenette, kiln room with two kilns, a glaze kitchen and 800 sq./foot classroom studio with wheels, a slab roller and extruder. NCA uses white clay and fires to cone 6, alternative clay bodies and firings will be considered for resident artists
During their Residency, Artists will have the opportunity to complete a body of work in, put on a gallery show in our gallery and receive guidance in developing a business plan. The unique set-up of Nanaimo Ceramic Arts allows emerging artists to participate and learn within the structure of a small business. Artists are provided with 100 square feet of private space and 24-hour access to electric kilns, pottery equipment, mentorship and subsidized housing. If they wish, artists may apply to host workshops or run classes which can bring in income.
Residencies are based upon a work exchange agreement between the Artist-In-Residence and Nanaimo Ceramic Arts. In exchange for space to work, access to materials and assistance with their project, Artists-in-Residence are required to be available to the gallery and studio for a regularly-scheduled minimum of 16 hours a week during Gallery open hours. The agreement will require the resident to assist with customer walk-ins, and gallery sales as well as contribute to studio tasks which help maintain the function and cleanliness of the studio. Details of these commitments will be included prior your contract. Artists are required to pay for their own materials and firings,. or clay can be purchased through Nanaimo Ceramic Arts and includes the unlimited use of studio glazes and firing.
For artists interested in wood fire, NCA has strong links to the Tozan Cultural Society, a train kiln and large Noboragama kiln in Cedar (please note that the wood kilns are only fired in the wet seasons and require full participation in prep and firing. You may need a vehicle to participate)
A business focus
We encourage every applicant to apply with a gallery show in mind and we encourage all of our residence to explore and develop new ideas while they are with us. We see a gap in many arts educations when it comes to the practical application of our craft as a business. Our mentorship program can guide you through some of those gaps. Each week artists will have a chance to sit down and meet for 1hr with a mentor for assistance with their project, social media planning, skills development and business goals.
During a 4 month residency, artists will have an opportunity to:
Develop their body of work
Develop their brand image.
Develop a catalogue/portfolio.
Gallery Show of their work
Financial start-up costs
Financial 3 year forecast
Artist are not likely to be able to do all of these in one 4 month residency. plan you goals in accordance with the time that you have. Goals will be tailored to the artists and their priorities and interests.
The goal of NCA is to host a quality gallery exhibit, provide new inspirations and knowledge to our local ceramics community and that the artist leaves us with a plan for moving forward in their career
Nanaimo is a large harbor town located on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island. It is stretched out between the Salish Sea and Mount Benson boasting many beaches and parks. Nanaimo is accessible to Vancouver by a 2-hour ferry or 20 minute float plane and to Victoria by a 2-hour drive.
The old downtown core where NCA is situated, is manageable without a vehicle; by walking, cycling or transit.
Our Housing is a fully furnished basement bachelor suite with a private entrance, and only a 15 min walk from the studio. It is a small one room suit with a kitchenette, has lots of light and opens up onto a private garden pati0.
laundry is shared with the landlord and she requests that the apartment washroom be vacant 1 day a week for her use.
$650/month, including utilities, shared laundry and Wi-Fi . No pets, no parties.
about NCA and Bronwyn Arundel
About Bronwyn Arundel
I graduated with a BFA from NSCAD in 2008 and have been working as a full-time potter since 2012. I opened the Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio and Gallery in May of 2018, and started welcoming Artists in Residence that summer. I do not have a business degree but I have practical experience and I was lucky to have completed the self-employment benefit program through E.I. Through this program I developed my own business plan, which I continue to work with and refine. I enjoyed the planning aspects of the program and the sense of security I got from knowing what steps to take and where they might take me. Sometimes students coming out of university (or self taught artists) will have little confidence in how to apply their skills/product in order to make a living. I think it is a gap worth addressing.
I hope that this Residency might help a few artists get their “ducks” in a row and give them a sense of direction. You will only get out what you put in. Fifteen hours a week in the Studio is our expected minimum, but I highly recommend that you consider your time as an Artist-in-Residence as a full-time job.