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Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist Residency

Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist Residency: Call for Applications

Residency 1 (currently accepting applications from Canadian residents only)

Residency Period: October 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021

Application open: June 29 to July 31, 2020

The application deadline is July 31, 2020 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time

Residency 2 (not accepting applications until October 15, 2020)

Residency Period: February 15, 2021 to June 15, 2021

Application open: October 15 to November 15, 2020

This application deadline is November 15, 2020 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time

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A message from Carol Fergusson, Executive Director

Lots of news in this video and the hair is looking better. Be sure to check our 50/50 draw, you could be the winner!

The latest video from Carol. Don’t mind her hair, there was an incident with wind and the absence of a mirror. Sometimes you have to roll with the punches.

We thought our communication could use a personal touch, and our Executive Director Carol is here to chat with you.

Pour yourself a cup of tea and hear what Carol has been thinking about lately.

GASP! Covid-19 micro grants

Applications are now open for the July 15th @ 4pm deadline.


Inspired by GAC’s Mission: to engage, enhance, and inspire the community’s cultural vitality through collaboration, leadership, and service, the Gabriola Artists Support Program was initially intended to support professional development, training, and community engagement with the arts.

As the Gabriola Arts Council assesses the current situation that has resulted from the Covid-19 pandemic, we have come to realize that some artists in our community may be affected by the economic impact of the ministry orders that have been put in place by our federal and provincial health officers. In response the Board of GAC and our Executive Director have decided that GASP! funds could act as a life-line to help the artists/makers/creative/performers survive these times. GAC will make twenty $250 micro grants available., over two time periods, 10 in May and 10 in July. Deadlines for applications are May 15th and July 15th.


You must be a member of GAC to apply for a GASP! micro grant. You must be a full-time resident of Gabriola, Mudge, or Decourcy Island (Area B) and an artist/maker/creator/performer affected by the current situation. If you are not a member please apply for membership with your grant application by filling out our online form at


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Intentional Aging Postponed

Intentional Aging Program Postponed

We have made the decision to postpone the Intentional Aging workshop, with a plan to bring our wonderful group of “elders-in-training” back for further explorations in the months ahead.

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Isle of the Arts Festival postponed

The Gabriola Arts Council has carefully monitored the evolving situation of the COVID-19 virus over the past few days. We have read the recommendations of experts and governments, consulted with the Gabriola Medical Clinic and artists, and searched our hearts in consideration of the potential consequences of moving forward with the Isle of The Arts Festival (IoTA) in time. Read more…

Important Notice: IOTA Registration Postponed

We are sorry to advise that registration for the 2020 Isle of Arts Festival is being postponed due the quickly changing situation with COVID-19, a novel corona virus.

The health and well-being of our community is important to us and we will continue to monitor developments. We will be in touch with updates and you can stay tuned to our IOTA website.

Please take good care of yourselves and each other.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kristina:


Isle of the Arts Festival promotional poster

It’s coming… Isle of the Arts Fest!

We’ve been working hard to put together an array of workshops and engaging events for the 10th anniversary of the Gabriola Isle of the Arts Festival!

We invite you to join us for 30 unique workshops, 3 “hot topic” dialogues, and 3 exceptional evening events: an award-winning theatre show, our 4th annual Reading and Reconciliation literary event, and a cabaret style celebratory wrap-up party — the Arty Party.

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