Artist in Residence program
Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio and Gallery is located in the old quarter of downtown Nanaimo, on traditional Snuneymuxw land. NCA is 1700 sq./feet and consists of a gallery, 2 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. The classroom hosts 3-5 ceramic classes a week, a membership drop-in 5 days a week and advanced weekend workshops. NCA uses white clay and fires to cone 6, alternative clay bodies and firings will be considered for resident artists.
About Nanaimo and our housing option
Nanaimo is a large harbour 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 2hour ferry or 20 min float plane and to Victoria by 2hour drive.
The old downtown core is manageable without a vehicle; by walking, cycling or transit. If you are considering living outside the old city or university district a vehicle will be necessary.
Our Housing option is a fully furnished basement bachelor suit a 15 min walk from the studio. It is small but has lots of light and opens up onto a private patio, with views of Mount Benson. $600/month utilities, laundry and Wi-Fi included. No pets, no parties.
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 NCA in May of 2018, I do not have a business degree so I am not claiming to know all or what is best for you. I do have a tone of practical experience and was lucky enough to have done the self employment benefit program through EI. 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) will have little sense of how to apply their skills/product in order to make a living and 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, 15 hours a week is our minimum but I highly recommend that you consider your time at the studio a full-time job.