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I am a visual artist offering a studio exchange and hosted residencies in beautiful Metchosin, BC just 30 minutes from the port of Victoria, BC Canada. This gorgeous rural seaside and mountain location has miles of walking trails, lakes, mountains, sheep farms, beaches and more. From our location, the views of Mt. Baker, Esquimalt Lagoon and the city of Victoria are breathtaking. For any artist, working in any media it is sure to inspire.
The peace, beauty, and tranquillity of this area and the studio is unforgettable. We have done house exchanging with HomeLink in 2005 to France and I have had this dream ever since then of exchanging with other artists around the world. I have hosted several artists in my studio now including Myoko Caubet from Paris, France who stayed for four and a half months. This was an amazing experience for both of us! She reached out to me to make it happen and now it has inspired me to now reach out to others and continue building on this great experience and make more artist friends across Canada and around the world.
The studio is approximately 1000 square feet and is a separate building overlooking the organic garden, where we also like to hang out and make a feast of pizzas in our wood-fired oven with organic veg and sip wine while admiring the flowers. Bonus – there are no bugs, or relatively few. There is lots of nature though, and it is common for deer, rabbits, California Quail, owls, eagles and vultures to pass through regularly, even a bear occasionally.
The studio space has large walls and high ceilings. The front area outside the studio is a flat concrete pad for outdoor creating during good weather and construction, sanding or other messier activity. Art practice can include all media such as drawing, painting etc. As well there is a large tapestry loom and two sewing machines, six work tables. Any artists working in textiles are welcome. Water is currently available from an outside tap, but a new sink and wet area will be installed soon. Writers, poets, academics and researchers are also welcome to work here. Photographers, media artists, installation and conceptual work, can all be undertaken here. If I do not have something, I can help to find it.
Some space at the back of the studio is shared with our daughter’s soap business Little Avalon’s Soapistry, so it smells delicious! This soap studio space is designed to be a pop-up workspace for other artist pursuits as well, except on soap making days. Some additional space at the front of the studio is used by another artist who also is a tenant in the main house.
Accommodations and Amenities
Accommodations are in a separate suite in the main house with a private entrance.
The suite has a private bath, small lounge and separate entrance to the outside. The bed is an extremely comfortable queen size. There is access to a shared laundry, hot tub and infrared sauna – because we know when you are tired after a long day slogging it out in the studio you need a little relaxation! For food, the suite contains a small fridge for most day-to-day supplies plus a microwave and coffee/tea maker. If you want to make dinner or use the stove or bbq that is available for studio exchangers or artists on longer residency. We can also provide some meals as part of the package. High-speed internet with an HD television with a guest Netflix account or access to YouTube etc. is provided.
This suite is an Air BnB at other times (just getting renovated now so I will post updates when it’s ready).
If artists wish to exchange studio/accommodations, there is no charge although a damage deposit and cleaning deposit will be required.
Our fees for art residency average $50 per day, 20% less than our Air BnB listing at other times. We also provide a sliding reduction for longer residencies. In order to keep the residency rates low, we do require a non-refundable deposit – see details below.
Weekend – Friday – Sunday – $150
One Week – $350
Two Weeks – $560
Three Weeks – $840
Four Weeks – $1,120
Cancellations & Deposit
Non-refundable deposit: $100
Booking period: 1 month in advance miniumum and based on availability.
48 hours in advance – 50% of fees will be refunded
7 days in advance – 100% of fees will be refunded
Payments can be made by eTransfer to: firstname.lastname@example.org