Toni Onley Artists' Project in Wells, BC - Scholarship Deadline May 1, 2018

Toni Onley Artists’ Project for Professional and Emerging Artists

July 7 – 15, 2018

Island Mountain Arts

Wells, BC, Canada

Artist Mentors: Lisa Milroy and Jan Mann

Island Mountain Arts is pleased to announce Lisa Milroy and Jan Mann as the mentors for this summer’s Toni Onley Artists’ Project, July 7 - 15, 2018 in Wells, BC.

Limited to a maximum of twenty participants working in any medium, artists spend nine days in Wells, BC working in the IMA studios under the mentorship of outstanding art practitioners. The project is an opportunity for emerging and professional artists to step out of their own studio and into IMA’s shared studio space and work in an experimental, exploratory and risk-taking manner. This is a juried program and artists must apply in order to be considered. A scholarship and bursary program is available for artists to attend the project (deadline May 1).

The powerful learning and exploration that I experienced at the Toni Onley Artists’ Project is still paying dividends to the work that I create in my studio. The nine days of intensive art making in Wells, BC provided me with this opportunity. Working and sharing in the intimate studio settings with other artists was inspiring. Twenty four hour access to the studio, pertinent lectures and impromptu meetings were essential to the intensive learning experience that I would recommend to all up coming and professional artists.

~Robert Dmytruk, participating artist

Fee: Nine-day Session: $965 + GST

Four-day Session, July 7-10 (if available, preference given to those that sign up for the full nine days): $510 + GST

Scholarships and bursaries are available; applications must be received by May 1.

Application Process: Applicants must submit 6 - 10 images of their work (digital format preferred), bio and artist statement to IMA by June 1 to be eligible.

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•   Food and accommodations are not included; accommodation discounts are available for participants.

•   Participants must bring their own supplies; easels and tables are provided.


The 2018 Mentors


JEN MANN is a Toronto based figurative painter who creates highly realistic portraiture on a grand scale. She has been gaining accolades and recognition for her work on the national and international stage and in 2015 won the prestigious Kingston Prize for Canadian portraiture. Her art, which employs popular culture imagery through slick and saturated paintings, explores our relationship with technology and social media - how it permeates our lives and what the effects are on our personal interactions and state of well being. Mann has exhibited in numerous shows across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom

Link here for a video on Jen Mann

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LISA MILROY was born in Vancouver, Canada and lives and works in London, UK. She has been Head of Graduate Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL since 2009, and Guest Visitor at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam since 1994. Milroy won First Prize in the John Moores Painting Prize in 1989. She was Artist Trustee of Tate from 2013-2017 and Liaison Trustee to the National Gallery 2015-2017. Tate Liverpool presented a survey exhibition of Milroy’s work in 2000. Milroy regularly exhibits her work on the national and international stage, and her paintings are held in many public and private collections.

Link here for a video on Lisa Milroy


Past mentors of the project include Norman Yates, Tony Urquhart, Sherrard Grauer, Robert Murray, Michael Morris, Chris Cran, Michelle Forsyth, Peter von Tiesenhausen, David T. Alexander, John Hall, Harold Klunder, John Freeman, Lyndal Osborne, Libby Hague, Sarah Anne Johnson, Wayne White, Mimi Pond, Mark Neufeld, Leigh Bridges, Joseph Sanchez, Ciara Phillips, Anong Migwans Beam, Jeffrey Spalding ans Shary Boyle.

Island Mountain Arts is pleased to recognize the support of the Toni Onley Estate, along with the BC Arts Council, the Hamber Foundation, The En’owkin Centre, Joseph Plaskett, the Toni Bernie Cattani Fund for the Arts, the Sylvia Graham Estate, and the Sonia Cornwall Estate. We are also pleased to recognize the support of the Penticton Art Gallery, which provides a solo exhibition each year to one participant selected by the mentors.

A number of scholarships and bursaries are available, including the Sonia Cornwall Scholarship for a Cariboo artist, the Joseph Plaskett Scholarship for a Canadian artist and the newly created Sylvia Graham Memorial Scholarship. Please visit for details.


Wells, BC

The unique artistic community of Wells is nestled in a picturesque setting of mountains and lakes, providing the perfect environment for a learning holiday. This little 1930s mining town is as friendly now as it was in its mining heyday.

Wells is located in central BC. By car it is about a day’s drive from Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton. Quesnel, the nearest town is 80km from Wells, while Prince George, the largest city in the north, is about 200km away. Both are served by air and bus.

You can dine at great local restaurants and visit shops and galleries that feature the work of local and regional artisans. Hiking trails and pleasant walks are easily accessible, Barkerville Historic Town is only 8km away and world-renowned Bowron Lake Provincial Park is just a further 30km.

Comfortable hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and RV hook-ups cater to a range of travel budgets and tastes. There are several campgrounds in the area.


Island Mountain Arts


ArtsWells Festival of All Things Art


1-800-442-2787, locally at 250-994-3466

Box 65, Wells, BC, V0K 2R0


Contact Information

Julie Fowler, Executive Director