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Mini Residencies


Mini Residencies


Mini-Residencies at the

Federation of Canadian Artists!


Mini Residencies with the Federation of Canadian Artists are your opportunity to get your artwork seen by the public on Granville Island during the busy summer tourist months.

Active and Signature members of the Federation are invited to give casual demonstrations and / or work on pieces for visitors to the Federation Gallery to enjoy.

Artists can use the gallery space as a temporary studio. Given a table, chair and easel, artists can set up and paint the day away from beautiful Granville Island.

Each participating artist can bring small artworks and a selection of art cards to sell for the duration of their residency.

During residency, the FCA retains 35% commission on any sales made of pieces brought to sell by artists during their residency and FCA staff are happy to process all sales on your behalf, so no need to worry about cash floats, receiving payments or guiding clients through the sales. We also will create an online gallery for you residency, viewable at

Previous participating artists have utilized this opportunity to engage with potential clients through discussions with visitors and hands-on demonstrations, and to promote themselves using visual displays and business cards.

To book space:

  • Booking is free, there are no costs associated with this opportunity
  • This opportunity is voluntary, artists must arrange their own transportation/parking

  • To participate artists must be either Active or Signature members of the FCA in good standing

  • Artists must submit details of their plan via email along with the artworks they will be working on, and desired dates to the FCA by the deadline (stated below) and we will review and select which members may participate
  • Artists are asked to be present at the gallery between 10 AM – 5 PM on Saturdays and 10 AM - 3 PM on Sundays of their residency

  • Artists can paint in pairings with an Active or Signature FCA friend

  • We will provide a 4ft x 2ft table per artist to work on (no bigger tables allowed so bear this in mind when considering the piece you’ll be working on or the method you’ll be using)

  • Artists can bring their own easel or we can provide one easel in addition to the table

  • Artists must not obstruct the flow of gallery traffic

  • Artists can bring small artworks, along with a variety of art cards for sale

  • Artists are encouraged to bring business cards to distribute on the days of their residencies, please no non-Federation exhibitions, galleries or workshops

  • In addition to the FCA promoting the residency, artists are required to promote their mini-residency through their networks and social media

June Applications are Closed

June 18 & 19 - Booked - Ciel Ellis, SFCA

June 25 & 26 - Booked - Dale Byhre, SFCA


Applications for July are Closed

July 2 & 3 - Booked - Min Xu

July 9 & 10 - Booked - Gale More O'Ferrall, SFCA

July 16 & 17 - Booked - Coral Chen

July 23 & 24 - Booked - Olivier Salvas

July 30 & 31


Applications for August are Accepted Until July 31st

August 6 & 7 - Booked - Margaret Lawther, AFCA

August 13 & 14

August 20 & 21 - Booked - Chris Block, AFCA

August 27 & 28 - Booked - William Liao, AFCA


September Applications are Closed

September 3 & 4 - Booked - Sonia Mocnik

September 10 & 11 - Booked - Tracey Costescu, SFCA


If you would like to apply for the mini-residency program, please send an email to that includes:

  • your name
  • medium you intend to work in
  • images of the all the work you intend to display
  • completed contract and inventory sheet
  • headshot of yourself
  • your proposal for the weekend
  • your preferred first and second date options

Accepted applicants will be notified shortly after.