Inter-disciplinary artist Rita McKeough will be undertaking a creative residency from May 23 to July 31, 2017. This program will involve creative research, collaboration with local and visiting artists, a Make Art Event, artist talks, and the art opening of a related exhibition at CVAG. During her initial preparatory visit, from March 20- 25, Rita gave an artist talk at North Island College and gathered information for her summer residency.  During the summer, the artist will reside at McLoughlin Gardens waterfront cottage in Merville. NIC School of Fine Art and Design will be supporting the production of this creative residency.


July 2016 marked CVAG’s first creative residency collaboration with the McLoughlin Gardens and North Island College. The residency was connected to the exhibition MAP: Make Art Place, that featured the work of visiting artists Barbara Meneley and Joanne Bristol and local artist Clive Powsey. The visiting artists were residing at the waterfront cottage at McLoughlin Gardens in Merville while they installed their work, conducted artistic research, and interacted with the community. They were also interacting with Clive and making use of facilities at both North Island College and CVAG.

The creative residency of Montreal-based artists Vida Simon and Jack Stanley ran from March 1- 25 2017 and included interaction with the community through performances, a Make Art Project event, Artist Talks at the gallery and North Island College and arts-based research for the ongoing evolution of their work in the exhibition Carried Away.  The artists resided at Creekside Commons Cohousing Community in Courtenay.

CVAG provides creative residencies as part of our programming. For more information, send a message to