Artist in Residence at The Haven

Details of the new Artist in Residence Program at The Haven.


The Artist's Haven


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Announcing the 2013 Artists Haven Residency at The Haven on beautiful Gabriola Island, BC in our 30th Anniversary year!

Click here to download the 2013 application package.


Click here to find out who is on the selection panel.


Click here to read some tips for writing a successful application by Mary Holdgrafer.


2013 marks thirty years since The Haven was founded. In this special anniversary year, we want to look ahead with excitement to the future as well as celebrate our past. As part of this, the Artist in Residence program at The Haven in 2013 will be offered to emerging artists aged 30 and under. As the focus of The Haven has always been on the importance of relationship, we will consider offering the residency to two artists and welcome joint applications from two artists who wish to collaborate during the residency.

The Artist in Residence program recognizes the important role of creativity in health and well-being. Throughout its history, The Haven has offered programs that nurture and cultivate creativity. The Haven has also been a place where artists have found inspiration and a welcoming to practice their craft. The program offers an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to apply for residency at The Haven, either individually or with one collaborator.

The Artist’s Haven residency program provides accommodation for a three-week period in the beautiful setting of Gabriola Island. Once again we are delighted to be offering this opportunity in partnership with the Gabriola Arts Council.

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Kathy Ramsey, Chair of the Gabriola Arts Council writes: ‘Artists accepted into The Haven’s program will find a warm, knowledgeable and enthusiastic reception from Gabriola artists. And discovering an island community’s passion and love for the arts? That’s nothing short of inspirational. The Gabriola Arts Council is convinced that the dialogue that starts between the artist and the island during this residency will be one that lasts a lifetime.”

The residency offers:
  • Free of charge accommodation for one or two people between September 14 and October 5.
  • A large working space, with access to outdoor covered areas.
  • Two bedrooms, a fully fitted kitchen and private bathroom.
  • On site laundry facilities.
  • Wireless internet access.
  • Dinner free of charge every day in Haven's oceanfront dining room. Breakfast and lunch are available every day at a staff discount rate (50% off the regular price).
  • Easy access to the many beautiful places Gabriola has to offer.
  • A great opportunity to work with and learn from local artists, as well as sufficient solitary time to develop personal art work.

Dates: September 14 to October 5 2013

Location: The Haven, Gabriola Island, BC (visit


The Haven is an international centre for personal and professional development. It is a place where people of all ages can grow and fulfill their potential while developing rewarding and respectful relationships with others. The Haven is a not-for-profit charitable organization on Gabriola Island, BC, Canada. In 2013 The Haven will be celebrating 30 years of offering programs for personal and professional development and growth. We offer a variety of programs with a creative focus.


The Haven is on beautiful Gabriola Island, on of the southern gulf islands of British Columbia. People come to The Haven from all over Canada and the USA, as well as from Europe and Asia.

Getting to The Haven is easy!

Gabriola Island is

  • 20 minutes ferry ride from Nanaimo
  • 20 minutes by float plane from Vancouver Airport south terminal

Nanaimo is

  • 20 minutes by float plane from downtown Vancouver or

Vancouver Airport

  • 1.5 to 2 hours from Vancouver by ferry
  • 1.5 hours from Victoria by car


  • The applicant(s) must be age 30 or under. We will accept applications from artists who turn 31 before December 31 2013.
  • The applicant(s) should be a practicing artist seeking time to reflect upon and develop their work.
  • The successful applicant(s) will be selected based on artistic merit and the relevance of the materials contained in the application package.
  • The applicant(s) must be focused and self-directed.
  • One piece of work created during the residency and completed by December 31, 2013 will be donated to the Haven.
  • The successful applicant(s) will provide the following activities during the residency: one 'open studio' session for local artists and students; a visit to the local elementary school, a public talk, lecture or exhibition.
  • The successful applicant(s) must come during the specified time.
  • The successful applicant(s) must pay travel expenses to and from the Haven.

The selection procedure:

Applications are accepted from artists of all disciplines who are 30 years of age or under in 2013.

The application package:

Please submit the following documents as supporting information

  • Completed application form ( Download Here ).
  • Bio (maximum 250 words).
  • Resume.
  • Two letters of reference.

And the following documents for evaluation

  • Support materials in the form that best describes the creative practice. This could be a brief audio or video presentation (maximum 5 minutes), ten high resolution (300dpi) images of your best work in jpeg. format on a CD. If sending images please include an image list stating title, medium, size and date completed.
  • Artist's statement (maximum 250 words).
  • Residency proposal letter stating intended course of exploration during the residency.

Closing date for applications is Thursday March 28 2013. All applications must be received on or before Thursday March 28.

Please send your applications to:

Rachel Davey, Executive Director
The Haven
240 Davis Road
Gabriola Island, BC
V0R 1X1


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