Residencies at the Ministry


Ministry of Casual Living BIPOC Artist Residencies 2022

May 25, 2022 Victoria BC


The Ministry of Casual Living is thrilled to be launching a series of residencies for emerging BIPOC artists entitled Time and Space. Artists or groups selected will have access to our brand new gallery to use as a personal studio to reflect, explore ideas and create. 

The new location of the Ministry of Casual Living is at 750 Fairfield Rd, on the ground floor of a unique historic building in downtown Victoria. We share the location with other arts organisations, including; Rockslide Studios and Gallery, The Vault Gallery, Sweet Pea Gallery, Supply Victoria, The Victoria Tool Library and others. We are a vibrant space home to 16 working artists, nine private studios, and a spacious gallery flooded with natural light.

Amenities include:

  • Ground floor entry to studios and gallery floor

  • Shared bathroom on the second floor, up one flight of stairs *There is an elevator that we can access if you require it, please indicate this in your application

  • Shared internet

  • Fridge/freezer

  • Kitchen sink, kettle (sink is not to be used for paint or related noxious substances)

  • Natural light

  • Bike racks and locked cage

  • Bustling arts hub with lots of artists to draw inspiration from

The Ministry is an inclusive artist-run centre that supports and amplifies the vision of emerging artists. The Time and Space residencies are intended for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour to create and reflect in a calm and welcoming space; in addition to the time and financial compensation this residency is meant to be a meaningful catalyst for creativity. Individuals or collectives are encouraged to apply. 

Time and Space allows the artist freedom to explore concepts and experiment with their practice for a period of four weeks. Artists selected will receive an honorarium of $1,000. Artists are encouraged to share their work and process and are invited to participate in an open studio or artist talk at the end of the residency. 

We ask that artists prepare a statement introducing themselves and an outline of their intentions for their time during the residency. In your application please share who you are, what you do, and what you are exploring these days. We’d also like to know how you would envision using our space for your creative purposes. Get us excited about your ideas! But also please be succinct, honest and use plain language. 
We strongly encourage you to attend our orientation session this Sunday May 29, 1pm at 750 Blanshard so you can see the space and get ideas for your application.

Who can apply:

  • The residencies are open to a variety of disciplines including music/sound (no full bands, sorry), performance, mixed media, digital media, sculpture, photography, etc. 

  • Our facilities will not accommodate spray paint or any other toxic high VOC materials (if you have questions about your materials please contact us)

  • Applicants must be 19+ years of age 

Important dates:

  • Orientation Sunday May 29, 1pm (Entrance 750 Fairfield Rd)

  • Deadline for submissions Monday June 6, 12pm

  • Applicants will receive a response by Monday June 13

  • Residencies may start as early as June 17


Submit application components:

  • Email applications to (copy and paste into the body of the email - no attachments please)

  • Subject line: “Time and Space Residency Application”

  • Deadline: Monday June 6, 12pm

If you need help or guidance applying to this residency please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to assist you or your group: 





Phone #: 

Website, or links to view your work online if available: 


Bio: This is where you tell us about yourself, what you do, and any accomplishments you want us to know about (max 200 words)

Artist statement: This is where you tell us what you are interested in these days and how that pertains to your creative practice (max 300 words)

Are you familiar with MoCL? Have you been to our space(s) or events before?

What would you like to work on during your residency?
This is where you tell us why you’d like to use our space and what you might want to work on there, as well as what mediums you’d be working in (max 300 words)

Are you applying as an individual or part of a group or collective? If it’s a group/collective please provide names of other members:

5-10 images of your work (if not available online)

Do you have any specific needs as an artist?

Please mark the dates you’d be available for a residency, and/or any times that won’t work.
Residencies can be up to four consecutive weeks long.  










Thank you for submitting!