To offer residencies to professional and emerging artists and groups from around the world who are looking to work on their creative projects in our unique community.
A rare treat in the art world, Island Mountain Arts is a shared experience for artists of creativity, collaboration, and communication.
–Joseph Sanchez, Past Mentor of the Artists’ Project & Member of the Native Group of Seven
Wells and area is a unique place with a neat historic character. Island Mountain Arts is also great host for artists and creative projects. Had a fantastic time! –Sarah Anne Johnson, Past Mentor of the Artists’ Project
The self-directed Artist-In-Residence program provides affordable space for artists of all mediums to create in. It is intended for, but not limited to, visual artists, filmmakers, curators, musicians, producers, directors, writers, and photographers. Artists also have the opportunity to facilitate outreach programs such as artist talks, concerts, studio visits, workshops and exhibitions. These activities are intended to promote interaction and professional development, and provide access for the community to a diverse range of arts practices.
ACCOMMODATIONS & STUDIO SPACES
Artists stay in IMA’s new building “The Nest” on the historic “downtown” strip, where you can choose from rooms with shared bathroom and kitchen, and private bathroom with shared kitchen. The Visual Arts Studios, which are a stone’s throw from the accommodations, are in the IMA School building, both boasting lots of natural light and high ceilings. For musicians the little church at the end of the street has become a popular spot for writing and recording and for dancers the Community Hall ballet studio across the street, is ideal. Contact us about your studio needs and we will try our best to accommodate. Wells is filled with a wide variety of unique spaces and venues.
Costs will vary depending on the spaces that you choose. IMA is dedicated to making Wells affordable for visiting artists and provides scholarships and bursaries to all its programs.
There are currently dates available for 2017 and 2018 for stays of a week to a month or more. Availability is limited in July and August.
Artists can apply online at here or by calling 1-800-442-2787. For more information email, residence(at)imarts.com.
For further information about the community of Wells visit: wells.ca
IMA held its first guided residency with celebrated plein air painter, Peter Corbett in March 2016. Mark your calendars now for the next guided painting residency with Peter Corbett, March 17 - 22, 2018. This week-long guided residency is designed to help emerging and professional visual artists explore their studio practice, all-the-while being immersed in the incredible light of winter and the historic backdrop of Wells. Participants stay in the new IMA residency building “The Nest.”
Check the IMA website for more guided and themed residencies coming up this year.