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 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. 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 suite with a private entrance, and only 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, including utilities, laundry and Wi-Fi . 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 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.