Mackie Lake House Artist-in-Residence Program 2016

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The Mackie Lake House Foundation and Vernon Public Art Gallery (VPAG) are pleased to announce the call to the artists for the 2016 Mackie Lake House Artist-in-Residence program. The residency is designed to offer established Canadian artists solitude and time to create. The residency includes a three-week stay at the Historic 1910 Mackie Lake House in Coldstream, BC, a $1000 honorarium, and a four-week long exhibition at the Vernon Public Art Gallery which will include working sketches and finished works produced during the residency. Artists are responsible for their own transportation, food, communications and supplies while staying at Mackie Lake House, and they are also responsible for pick-up of work, or arrange the shipping of works after the completion of the exhibition at the VPAG. The honorarium will be given as $500 at the beginning of the residency and the balance upon the completion of the residency.

The purpose of the Artist-in-Residence program is to foster the discourse and production of visual arts by providing artists a place to pursue their artistic discipline in a tranquil location away from their normal busy life.  A work of art inspired by the location and produced during the Residency will be donated to the Foundation to be displayed in the House. The artist will grant rights for the image to be reproduced as cards or small prints with full credit given to the artist.

The Artist-in-Residence Program is made possible through the generosity of Patrick (Paddy) Fylton Mackie who established and funded the Mackie Lake House Foundation. Patrick Mackie was a patron of the arts and a gifted artist in his own right and the Artist-in-Residence Program was established in his memory. The Artist-in-Residence Program began in 2010 and over the years participating artists have been: Angie Francis, Edie McIntyre, Joyce Devlin, James Postill, Michael Markowsky and Jan Poynter.

Mackie Lake House is located on the shores of Kalamalka Lake in Coldstream, BC, a rural community near Vernon in the North Okanagan Valley.  The house was built circa 1910 and is one of the finest surviving examples of Arts & Crafts style architecture in the Interior of BC.  In 1987 the House was recognized as a Provincial Heritage Site and is listed as one of Canada’s Historic Places.  The House is now used for a wide variety of cultural and community events. For details, visit

Spring Residency – May 9th to 29th, 2016
Applications must be received by January 15th, 2016
Selection will be made by January 29th, 2016

While the intent of the Artist-in-Residence program is to offer the artist an opportunity to work on their artistic projects, it is expected that the artist will be available to talk to local media, participate in the Vernon Public Art Gallery Show opening on Thursday May 26th, and give an Artist Talk at the Vernon Public Art Gallery on Saturday May 28th. An Artist’s Reception will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, May 15th where the community will be able to come and meet the artist at Mackie Lake House.

Submission Guidelines
To apply for the residency, please complete the application form and submit it along with supporting information to

The application form can be found on the Mackie Lake House website here.

Please read the Mackie Lake House residency information sheet (below) prior to submitting your application.

Supporting Information

  • CV
  • Artist bio
  • Outline the scope of the work to be produced during the Residency and how it relates to the history and environment of the Mackie Lake House and Paddie Mackie’s legacy. (Less than 300 words)
  • 8 JPEG’s of your current work [resolution 1680 x 1050, 72 DPI].  Please note the maximum size of any email message – including all attachments – cannot exceed 10 MB or it will be rejected by our system.
  • Spatial requirements for work production.  Please note that we do not have industrial ventilation for the use of solvent based materials.  Please be aware that your work will be created in a heritage home.
  • How did you hear about the Mackie Lake House Artist-in-Residence Program?

Mackie Lake House Foundation
7804 Kidston Road
Coldstream, BC V1B 1S2
Phone: (250) 545-1019



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