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Studio H Canada offers international art studio exchanges and hosted art residencies in beautiful Metchosin, BC just 30 minutes from the port of Victoria, BC Canada. This gorgeous rural seaside and mountain location has miles of walking trails, lakes, mountains, sheep farms, beaches and more. From our location, the views of Mt. Baker, Esquimalt Lagoon and the city of Victoria are breathtaking. For any artist, working in any media it is sure to inspire.
The peace, beauty, and tranquillity of this area and the studio is unforgettable. We have done house exchanging with HomeLink in 2005 to France and I have had this dream ever since then of exchanging with other artists around the world. I have hosted several artists in my studio now including Myoko Caubet from Paris, France who stayed for four and a half months in 2016. This was an amazing experience for both of us! She reached out to me to make it happen and now it has inspired me to now reach out to others and continue building on this great experience and make more artist friends across Canada and around the world.
About Victoria and Metchosin Arts Community
There is a thriving arts community in the region and Metchosin is home to a growing group of them including Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA) on the Pearson College UWC international campus. In Metchosin’s village, you will find the Metchosin Arts and Cultural Centre Association (MACCA), Metchosin Art Pod, the Schoolhouse Museum, and the local community house hosts a weekly meeting of artists. I am personally involved in arts activities and groups in Victoria including Xchanges Gallery and Studios, where I am President and an active member as well as Ground Zero Printmakers as a member. There are many other Artist-Run Centres in the area as well. You can learn more about me on my website: www.studiohcanada.ca and my blog site: https://studiohcanadaresidency.ca/
About the Studio
Below are a variety of pictures from various times – the studio gets transformed and reconfigured in numerous ways. There is lots of room!
The studio is approximately 1000 square feet and is a separate building overlooking the organic garden, where we also like to hang out and make a feast of pizzas with organic veggies in our wood-fired oven, and sip wine while admiring the flowers and forest. Bonus – there are no bugs, or relatively few. There is lots of nature though, and it is common for deer, rabbits, California Quail, owls, eagles and vultures to pass through regularly, even a bear occasionally.
The studio space has large walls and high ceilings. The front area outside the studio is a flat concrete pad for outdoor creating and construction, sanding or other messier activity during good weather.
Art practice can include all media. There is also a large tapestry loom, two sewing machines, and six work tables. Any artists working in textiles are welcome. Water is currently available from an outside tap, but a new sink and wet area will be installed soon. Writers, poets, academics and researchers are also welcome to work here. Photographers, media artists, installation and conceptual work, can all be undertaken here. If I do not have something, I can help to find it.
Some space at the back of the studio is shared with our daughter’s soap business Little Avalon’s Soapistry, so it smells delicious! This soap studio space is designed to be a pop-up workspace for other artist pursuits as well, except on soap making days.
Accommodations and Amenities
Accommodations are in a separate suite in the main house with a private entrance.
The suite has a private bath, small lounge and separate entrance to the outside. The bed is an extremely comfortable queen size. The couch folds out to a comfortable double bed with an extra thick memory foam topper. There is access to a shared laundry, hot tub and infrared sauna – because we know when you are tired after a long day slogging it out in the studio you need a little relaxation! For food, the suite contains a small fridge for most day-to-day supplies plus a microwave and coffee/tea maker. If you want to make dinner or use the stove or bbq that is available for studio exchangers or artists on longer residency. We can also provide some meals as part of the package. High-speed internet with an HD television with a guest Netflix account or access to YouTube etc. is provided.
This suite is an Air BnB at other times – see the site for over 40 pictures: https://airbnb.com/h/studio-h-canada-studio-suite
If artists wish to exchange studio/accommodations with me, there is no charge although a damage deposit and cleaning deposit will be required.
Getting around & info
We recommend having a car as local bus transportation is available but not frequent. We can also help to arrange rideshares and coordinate excursions as much as possible. We have an extra bike for local rides to the village corner store, My Chosen café or the Broken Paddle Café. Check out Google for other information links about this area, and its artists.
By air – https://www.victoriaairport.com/
By ferry – https://www.bcferries.com/
Ride Sharing – (untested) https://www.ridesharing.com/en-ca/ca/Victoria
Registration and Fees
Our fees for art residency average $50 per day, 20% less than our Air BnB listing at other times. We also provide a sliding reduction for longer residencies. In order to keep the residency rates low, we do require a non-refundable deposit – see details below.
Weekend – Friday – Sunday – $150
- One Week – $350
- Two Weeks – $560
- Three Weeks – $840
- Four Weeks – $1,120
Cancellations & Deposit
Non-refundable deposit: $100
Booking period: 1 month in advance miniumum and based on availability.
48 hours in advance – 50% of fees will be refunded
7 days in advance – 100% of fees will be refunded
Bookings and Payment
The fastest and most direct way to book is on the new Online Store.
Apply Now – if you would like to book your art residency or to inquire for more information, please complete the contact form below. Thank you! We look forward to hearing from you soon.