How to apply

We are not currently accepting any new residency applications. Our residency has been pandemic paused since March 2020 - during this time we have done some upgrades and renovations in the hopes of reopening in a safe way where artists can be completely self contained, (ie. not need to come into our home to do laundry), but at the moment we are still paused due to essential travel only restrictions. When we do reopen, we have a long list of postponed artists who we hope to accommodate first, so it may be a while before we can accept new applicants - likely in January 2022 we will be accepting applications for 2023. In the meantime, we thank you for your interest in our residency, and hope you're all doing okay and staying safe out there.

The Sointula Art Shed residency takes place in a one bedroom cottage beside the shed, which houses the studio space. We welcome writers, musicians, visual and performing artists from around the world to apply for this residency.

Please email the completed application form along with support documentation (see application form for further information) to sointulaartshed[at] When you receive confirmation regarding your residency you will be required to send a deposit which will guarantee your placement.

Sointula has an extremely rich and unique culture and history - please see our links page for more information. Sointula is a small village on Malcolm Island, which is located off of Port McNeill, Northern Vancouver Island, and a residency here is ideal for those artists who seek easy access to nature, quiet and few distractions. The residency cottage consists of a small kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, and a deck, with access to a studio space in our shed next door. The cottage is fully furnished and equipped with dishes, towels and bedding. *Please note that the Sointula Art Shed Residency has a strict no smoking and no candles policy.

Artists wishing to come to Sointula, but requiring a larger space than we can provide, should still get in touch, as we may be able to make arrangements for an off-site residency in another location in Sointula.

Artists in Residence are invited to give one (optional) public talk, performance or workshop during their residency, as well as show their work in our Window Gallery, if they choose. (Please see Window Gallery link above for more information).

Participants are responsible for the cost of all transportation to and from Sointula, BC, as well as all materials related to their artwork and for personal living expenses including food.ll successful applicants are encouraged to apply for travel grants from the Canada Council for the Arts or their provincial/regional arts councils.