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City of Burnaby Announces Deer Lake Artist Residencies

Professional artists have the opportunity to create in the tranquil and inspiring natural setting of Deer Lake Park in beautifully restored heritage homes, as part of the City of Burnaby’s new Deer Lake Artist Residencies. 

Artists from all disciplines are invited to apply for a residency online. Successful applicants will be provided with free accommodation in a private room at either the Baldwin House or the Eagles Estate.

“Located on the shared ancestral and unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Skwxwù7mesh speaking peoples, Deer Lake Park has long been regarded as the cultural hub of Burnaby, inspiring countless artists over the years,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “These unique residencies are an investment in arts practice and creation that will enrich existing arts and cultural programming at the Burnaby Art Gallery, the Shadbolt Centre and throughout the community.”

The intention of these residencies is to provide time and space for professional artists, with emerging to established practices, to create new work. Flexible timeframes from six days to four months are available for artists stays by invitation or application. 

Resident artists will work with the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts or the Burnaby Art Gallery to support artist-led community engagement projects relevant to each residency. Alongside the housing, resident artists will have access to rehearsal spaces and studios as well as other resources, to support their creative inquiry. 

These new residencies build on existing residency practices at the Shadbolt Centre and are supported by partnerships with Simon Fraser University’s Department of English and the Burnaby Public Library.

Each of the houses can accommodate up to four artists, enabling the City of Burnaby to welcome over 100 artists per year once public health orders have been lifted. 

Baldwin House 

A prime example of Burnaby’s post-Second World War modern heritage and progressive architectural style, Baldwin House was designed by renowned architect Arthur Erikson. Built in 1965, this modern post-and-beam structure with extensive glass throughout at the edge of Deer Lake was the home of Dr. William Baldwin and his wife Ruth before it was purchased by the City of Burnaby.

Eagles Estate

Constructed in 1929 on the southeast shore of Deer Lake, Eagles Estate features a 1.6-acre garden designed by pioneering Canadian horticulturalist Frank E. Buck. The garden was a retreat and tranquil centrepiece in the lives of original owners Blythe and Violet Eagles. The property was purchased by the City in 1995 from UBC, which had inherited it from the Eagles family. It is now recognized as a civic heritage site based on its historic, artistic and cultural significance. 

To apply for the program, visit

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