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Deer Lake Artist Residencies

Artist in Residence

The Deer Lake Artist Residencies provide unique residency opportunities for artists from multiple disciplines, cultures and locations. The intention of these residencies is to provide time and space for emerging to established artists to create and produce new work, with flexible timeframes available for artists stays by invitation or application.

This year we are excited to announce two new houses as residencies to support spontaneous artist communities. Baldwin House and Eagles Estate are newly renovated heritage homes nestled around Deer Lake, a tranquil setting within the cultural hub of Burnaby. Artists will be supported by Shadbolt and Burnaby Art Gallery staff to create artist-led community engagement projects relevant to each residency.

Call for Resident Artists

Calls occur twice per year. 2021 deadlines are: 

  • March 15 (June-December residencies)
  • September 1 (January-June residencies)

How to Apply

  1. Review the full artist package for eligibility and application guidelines. 
  2. Contact AIR@burnaby.ca prior to submitting your application to ensure feasibility. 
  3. Submit your application online

Type of Residencies 

About the Homes

With the addition of new housing opportunities in two Heritage homes, we invite applications for an expanded artist residency program in the cultural hub of the City of Burnaby at Deer Lake Park. 

Each of the houses can accommodate 4 artists who will be provided with an individual furnished room, with a desk and a window.  Each house has two bathrooms which are shared as are the kitchens and other common spaces: living rooms, porches, decks and gardens. 

Baldwin House

Baldwin House is a modern post and beam house built in 1965 and designed by internationally renowned architect, Arthur Erickson. It is located in a forested area on the South side of Deer Lake in Burnaby. Commissioned by Ruth and John Baldwin, architect Arthur Erikson designed and built this modern post and beam structure with extensive glass throughout at the edge of Deer Lake.

Baldwin House

Eagles Estate  

Eagles Estate is located a short distance away at the south-western tip of the lake on a rise that overlooks the lake and the park to the north. Constructed in 1929 on the southeast shore of Deer Lake, the Eagles Estate features a 1.6 acre garden designed by pioneering Canadian horticulturalist Frank E. Buck. The property was purchased by the City in 1995 from UBC who had inherited from the Eagles family. It is now recognized as a civic heritage site based on its historic, artistic and cultural significance. The garden was a retreat and tranquil centerpiece in the lives of original owners Blythe and Violet Eagles.

Eagles Estate