Deer Lake Artist Residencies

Deer Lake artist residencies provide unique opportunities for emerging and established artists from various disciplines, cultures and locations to create and produce new work. Multiple disciplines are represented in the residency program–visual artists, theatre artists, musicians, land-based practitioners, poets, authors and more.

Deer Lake Park and surrounding properties are on the ancestral and unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Skwxwù7mesh speaking peoples. The setting provides a tranquil environment for artists to contemplate and create. Hiking trails through forests and meadows allow for bird and animal watching all year round.

Deer Lake Park—the cultural hub of the city—is home to several public arts facilities including Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby Village Museum and Burnaby Art Gallery.

Residencies may include short-term housing, studio use or production, and can be as short as 6 days or as long as 4 months. Note exception is ceramics which is available only for 6 weeks starting early August and ending mid September. We may provide some equipment if needed, but we expect all artists to be self-sufficient.

Shadbolt and Burnaby Art Gallery staff will support you in creating artist-led community engagement projects relevant to your residency. These projects may include performances, public readings, artist talks, panel discussions or online engagements.

Baldwin House and Eagles Estate are newly renovated heritage homes nestled around the lake and a 10-minute walk from Shadbolt and the Burnaby Art Gallery.

Call for resident artists

2022 deadline: October 13 (covering residency requests between March 1 to September 30, 2023)

2023 deadline: March 15, 2023 (covering residency requests between October 1, 2023 to December 30, 2024)

2024 deadline: March 15, 2024 (covering residency requests between January 1, to December 30, 2025)

How to apply

Before applying, review the artist package for eligibility and application guidelines, and email [email protected] before you submit your application to check feasibility.

Apply online

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

Types of residencies 

You may request a combined live and workspace or just as a studio residency. If you choose the live and work option, your project must be compatible with co-living and not disturb other residents. You may even request an exclusive house residency if your project involves group collaborations (e.g. music). The houses are not equipped to be art studios and aren't suitable for wet or dirty arts practice.

Each house can accommodate 4 artists and comes with separate furnished rooms. Bathrooms, kitchen and other common spaces like living rooms, porches, decks and gardens are shared.

The houses

Baldwin House

Designed and built in 1965 by internationally renowned architect Arthur Erickson, Baldwin House is a modern post and beam structure that makes extensive use of glass as a material. It's located in a forested area on the south side of Deer Lake.

The house was originally commissioned by Ruth and John Baldwin.

Eagles Estate

Eagles Estate is at the southwestern tip of Deer Lake, overlooking the lake and park to the north. Constructed in 1929, the Eagles Estate features a 0.65 hectare (1.6 acre) garden designed by pioneering Canadian horticulturalist Frank E. Buck.

The City purchased the property from UBC in 1995, which inherited it from the Eagles family. The house is now recognized as a civic heritage site based on its historical, artistic and cultural significance. The garden was a retreat and tranquil centrepiece in the lives of the original owners, Blythe and Violet Eagles.

Studio residencies at the Shadbolt allow artists to practice new or in-progress works in visual arts, pottery, ceramics, etc. These residencies often include staff resources with technician time and materials.

Artists can use the studios throughout the year if the space is available.

Please note: Ceramic residencies take place for 6 weeks in August and September only. 

Production residencies are usually for a group of artists to work collaboratively towards a project and involve a high degree of public engagement. Production residencies are by invitation only.

If you feel you'd benefit from a collective residency, we'd like to hear from you.

Contact [email protected] to learn more about our production residencies.

Existing residencies include:

  • Shadbolt Centre performing arts creation and performance residencies
  • Burnaby Art Gallery curated exhibits or public art commissions

Partner residencies involve an organizational commitment to an ongoing relationship between the City and the partner institution.

Existing partner residencies include SFU Department of English, Playwrights' Theatre Centre and Or Gallery. To learn more about partner residencies, email [email protected].

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