March 2017 marks CVAG’s continuation of its creative residency collaborations with the wider community begun last year.

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

From March 20- 25 2017, multi disciplinary artist Rita McKeough will visit in preparation for an extended residency with CVAG in June and July of this year. During the initial visit, McKeough will give an artist talk at North Island College and gather information for her summer residency that 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 the summer, the artist will reside at McLoughlin Gardens waterfront cottage in Merville.

More creative residencies are currently in the planning stages for the summer of 2017.

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.

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