International Artists Residencies at Studio H Canada (SHC)

Create, plan, think, exhibit, and collaborate.

This is the place. Apply Now.

Studio H Canada offers international artist residencies located on the unceded territory of the Sc’ianew First Nations also known as 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.

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 for producing, exhibiting and collaborating!

The studio is approximately 1,000 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, an antique sewing machine, 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 at some point. 

Writers, poets, academics and researchers are also welcome to work here. Photographers, media artists, installation and conceptual work, can all be undertaken here. If we do not have something, we can help to find it.

Accommodations & Amenities

Please note, during Covid-19 we must implement and continually adjust protocols to ensure the health and safety of everyone. As the situation is changing frequently, we will work with artists directly after applying to ensure that appropriate protocols are in place and understood.

The Studio Suite

The Studio 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.

Amenities: 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!

Meals: the suite contains a small fridge for most day-to-day supplies plus a microwave and coffee/tea maker. You will also have access to our large shared kitchen, outdoor BBQ, large fridge/freezer in the studio, and fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs from our garden (availability dependent on the season and crop yield).

Internet & Entertainment: High-speed internet with an HD television with a guest Netflix account or access to YouTube etc. is provided.

*Please note: the residency is for artists or collaborative artistic groups – other visitors may be accommodated, please enquire ahead of time. In general, the residency is not for families as this may provide a distraction from achieving residency goals.

Registration Fees

Once you complete the Google intake form we will arrange an online meeting via Skype, Google Meet or Zoom to find out more about your residency goals, timing, and interests to make sure this is the right residency for you.

Once it is determined this is the right fit and the plan is established, Studio H Canada will draft an artist agreement for the term of the residency outlining your responsibilities and how we can support you (in-kind financial support, achieving residency goals etc.), and finalize dates and payments. You will also receive an official offer/acceptance letter that can be used for funding applications or sponsors. SHC must receive confirmation from artists that they will accept the offer, sign off on the residency agreement, and submit their deposit within 4 working days.

The Basic Fee schedule below does not include local taxes, non refundable deposit of $100, or additional services. The deposit is non refundable but never expires – so if plans change, you can apply the deposit to a future residency.

Use the Plan Your Residency Calendar to see which dates have been booked already. All residencies start on Sunday at noon, and check out on Saturday, noon.

All fees are based on single artist occupancy. Please enquire about artist groups of 2 or more. Only artists may attend the residency.

All fees are in $CAD. PayPal transfers are accepted for international payments.

Fee Options based on length of stay:

  • Two Weeks – $600.00 CAD
  • Four Weeks – $1,200.00 CAD

Cancellations & Deposit

Non-refundable deposit: $100

Booking period: 1 month in advance minimum and based on availability.

Refund Schedule – subject to change and dependent on document exchange timing:

$100.00 CAD depositnon-refundableWithin four days of receiving offer letter and agreement
50% of fee (based on accommodations & length of residency)half fees payable30 days after signing agreement
100% of fee (based on accommodations & length of residency)balance of fees payableUpon arrival
75% of fees paidrefundable90 days prior to arrival
50% of fees paidrefundable60 days prior to arrival
25% of fees paidrefundable24-48 hours before arrival* only due to Covid-19 or other major issue

Bookings and Payment

Payments can be made by e-Transfer or PayPal to: If you do not have access to e-Transfers or PayPal, please contact us.

Getting Around

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 –

By ferry –

By bus –

Ride Sharing – (untested)

About Victoria & 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 we are active members as well as Ground Zero Printmakers. There are many other Artist-Run Centres in the area as well.

Apply Now!

Studio H Canada International Artists Residencies is now accepting applications for the 2024 calendar year. Please complete this Google Form to submit your residency application. Applicants being considered for a residency will then receive a request for a short interview before a decision is made.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Thank you! We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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