artist in residence



artists WANTED

Surrounded by stunning wilderness scenery, rich in natural and cultural history, the Cassiar Cannery is a perfect spot to pull out your sketch pad, set up an easel or spin, weave or carve.  It's time to celebrate and support art and artists at the Cassiar Cannery with an Artist-in-Residence program.

The Cassiar Cannery Artist-in-Residence program provides opportunities for visual artists to live and work in the Cassiar Cannery for a period of one or three weeks. Artists- in-residence are provided with accommodation and studio space as well as an honorarium to offset the cost of materials, shipping, day to day living expenses and travel. Artists-in-Residence must give one public presentation, performance or workshop during their residency. 

The Cassiar Cannery long residency is intended for professional artists with formal training or equivalent experience and recognition among their peers. The short residency is open only to emerging and established artists living and working in Northern British Columbia.


Short residency (one week) (regional artists only): September 17 to 24, 2019

Long residency (three weeks):  September 29 to October 20, 2019

Deadline for Applications is April 15, 2019

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  • Your accommodation
  • General Store workspace
  • Surrounding natural inspiration


The Prince Rupert Community Arts Council was founded in 1971 as not-for-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to fostering arts and culture in the Prince Rupert region.  The PRCAC is run by a volunteer board  committed to enhancing the arts community in Prince Rupert.  The PRCAC raises funds through membership fees, special events, corporate contributions, and generous financial assistance from the City of Prince Rupert and the BC Arts Council.

Visit the Prince Rupert Community Arts Council Website

about the RESIDENCY

submission GUIDELINES

Submissions are due no later than April 15, 2019.  Late or incomplete proposals will not be accepted.

Email your submissions to the Prince Rupert Community Arts Council at
Please put “Artist-in-Residence” in the subject line.

Successful submissions will be announced no later than April 30, 2019.

Submissions must include:

  • CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • Artist statement (maximum 200 words)
  • Project proposal (maximum 300 words)
  • Images: 10-15 images of recent work (past 5 years) in JPEG format, maximum resolution 1024x768, 300ppi.  Each JPEG should not exceed 3MBs.
  • Corresponding image list that includes title, date, medium and short description of work, if necessary
  • Please tell us your plans for your workshop, artist talk or presentation to be conducted during your residency (maximum 300 words).
  • Please tell us your concept to promote your residency experience, i.e media, blogs, social media, artist talk, open studio or art show.

    This residency is open to visual artists.

    The successful candidates will be selected based on their submitted material and artistic merit, by an impartial jury composed of Cassiar Cannery staff, Arts Council board members and invited guests.

The Cassiar Cannery is one of the Top 10 Unique Places to Overnight in BC. Nestled in the Skeena River Estuary, 30 minutes south of Prince Rupert BC, it was once the longest consecutively operated salmon cannery on the West Coast. Now in its 128th year, under restoration and diversification since 2006, the Cassiar Cannery supports a thriving tourism industry, boat works, custom woodwork, reclaimed lumber, visual arts and science and research.

During the residency program artists will stay in a one bedroom, self-contained, fully equipped guest house.  Studio space will be available in the repurposed and restored General Store, and in our shops, depending on the medium. The Cassiar Cannery has a full wood-shop and limited metal working tools such as a welder, band saw and vice.

There is no cell service but limited wifi is available. There is a courtesy phone available in a phone booth, and the Cassiar Cannery phone number can be used as a contact number. For more information about the Cassiar Cannery, visit 

To get an idea of the Cassiar Cannery and surrounding area, please follow their social media accounts for some fabulous photos.

Applicants should keep in mind stores and restaurants are in Prince Rupert, 30 minutes from the Cassiar Cannery.  There is a small General Store and gas in Port Edward and cell service 10 minutes up the road.  Successful candidates should have a valid driver’s license. Due to the limited size of the house, applications are not accepted from collaborative groups.  The accommodation is not wheel-chair accessible.  No pets please.  



  • Engage in your practice and commit to the full length of your residency.
  • Provide your own art supplies (an easel and lights will be provided), and personal safety equipment if required.
  • Arranging and payment of shipping, and insuring your art, equipment and supplies. 
  • Paying personal expenses, including food and beverages.
  • Short residency – Studio Tour and evening presentation in Prince Rupert on September 22, 2019
  • Long residency – to go along on a jet boat trip to see historic sites on the Lower Skeena, a one hour after dinner presentation, and a day of public engagement with a performance, workshop, or similar event, at the Cassiar Cannery, during their residency, on October 12/13.
  • Be accessible, within reason, to the Prince Rupert Arts Council, the Cassiar Cannery and vetted media.
  • Follow site rules and return your work and living space to how you found it.
  • Promote your residency experience through diverse networks such as social media, blogs, or artist talks
  • Donation of one piece of art to the Cassiar Cannery that represents of celebrates the Cassiar Cannery.


Transportation to and from the Cassiar Cannery: 

The Cassiar Cannery is a 30 minute drive from the town of Prince Rupert. The Prince Rupert Community Arts Council will assist with transportation for artists without vehicles. Artists wishing to rent a vehicle will have to cover the cost themselves.

The Cassiar Cannery Artist-in-Residence program requires artists to donate one piece of art to the Cassiar Cannery that represents or celebrates the Cassiar Cannery. Artists have one year to complete and ship the art.

(Please note the cannery is a historic wooden site with a pristine environment. Projects that involve open flame, toxic materials or pose any danger or potential damage to the building or site will not be allowed)

HOST RESPONSIBILITIES (Cassiar Cannery / Prince Rupert Community Arts Council)

  • Accommodation in a one bedroom house
  • Studio space
  • Long residency honorarium of $2,000.00
  • Short residency honorarium of $500.00
  • Publicity and promotion
  • Promote your residency experience through diverse networks such as social media, blogs, artist talks and presentations
  • Providing a venue for a public presentation, performance,  or similar event, and supplies if needed
  • Opportunity for networking and engagement with local artists
  • Reasonable access to Cassiar Cannery’s wood shop and MIG and stick welding equipment


Shorter Residency: September 17 - 25, 2019

Longer Residency:

There will be one public engagement session while you are here on the afternoon and evening of Sunday, September 22 involving visiting a Studio Tour of local studios, a catered dinner and an evening engagement session.

Please note on your application what your concept of the evening engagement session would be i.e workshop, presentation, exhibition etc.  

Studio Tour: Sunday, September 22, 2019

There will be one public engagement session while you are here on the weekend of October 12 - 13, 2019 involving:

  • Exploratory day trip of historic sites around the Lower Skeena River, by boat, with interested artists with time to sketch, photograph and explore at each site.  This does involve getting in and out of boats and uneven, remote, wilderness terrain
  • One hour evening engagement session after dinner on October 12
  • A workshop or other mutually agreed concept for the day, at Cassiar Cannery, on October 13

Please detail on your application what your concept of the evening engagement session and day long workshop on October 13 would be i.e workshop, presentation, exhibition etc

Art and Adventure Weekend: October 12 & 13, 2019*

*Interested in staying in the loop with the public engagements sessions and the Cassiar Cannery Artist-in-Residence Program?  Please join the specific mailing list:

2019 Dates:


Accommodation is available at the Cassiar Cannery for out-of-town guests interested in attending the weekend workshop at an additional cost to the workshop.  Please contact the Cassiar Cannery to reserve.

Meals will be provided during the workshop beginning with lunch on Saturday and ending with lunch on Sunday.  If you have special dietary requirements, please advise at the time of registration.



An additional honorarium will be paid to the artist for the public engagement portion of their residency.

do you have QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about the application process, or the art related side of the Artist-in-Residence program, please email the Prince Rupert Community Arts Council at artsprincerupert@gmail with Artist in Residence Program in the subject line

Email the Prince Rupert Community Arts CouncilPhone Lynn with PRCAC (250) 600 - 6769 - please note she is away March 16 - 29Phone Suzo with PRCAC (604) 831 - 6064 March 16 - 29 only

If you have any questions about the Cassiar Cannery, or media inquiries, please email the Cassiar Cannery at with Artist in Residence Program in the subject line

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