artists | writers
The pursuit of creative production in an inspirational setting
The Coutts Centre Artist Residency is available to all professional artists and writers. Applications for residencies are accepted on an ongoing basis.
About the program
What you need to know:
The homestead is over 100 years old but has all the modern conveniences!
There is a grocery store in Nanton and larger grocery stores in High River.
This is a working property, there will be Coutts Centre staff and visitors on the grounds but your stay in the Homestead will be private.
WH Bill Allan Built this homestead in 1904, and Jim returned his maternal grandfather’s homestead to the Coutts-Allan family in 1988, renovating the original building into this beautiful country home.
The Homestead House is a 2-bedroom house that can accommodate from one to two people, or 1 to 2 couples. The house is comfortably equipped with all living and working amenities, including a kitchen, including dishes and cooking utensils and salt/pepper. Bring your own cooking oil, spices along with your own food. There is plenty of tea provided but bring your own coffee for the coffee press. The house has a walk-in shower and a lovely old clawfoot tub. Bedding and towels are provided. There is a washer and dryer, a dishwasher, a microwave and a large fridge/freezer and wireless high-speed Internet. The homestead water is from an underground well with a filter on the tap, but bring bottled water if you prefer.
Chicken House & South Barn
The Chicken House Studio and South Barn each offer a unique setting, with the workspace necessary to produce large works. There is capacity for up to a four-person collaborative team. The Chicken House and South Barn are not exclusive to the Residency, but would be available for use if not otherwise occupied.
The Writers Cabin is a cozy place to be inspired. Originally Jim’s grandmother’s summer kitchen, the Writers Cabin has been restored with several artifacts designed to promote a feeling of peace and serenity.
How to Apply
Applicants are asked to indicate on the Coutts Centre Residency Application Form their preferred dates and duration of stay. Residencies can be scheduled year round, with the understanding that the gardens are open to the public during the summer months. Residents who wish to return for a subsequent residency may reapply.
Applications are ongoing and based on availability. The Coutts Centre Residency Program now accepts ONLY digital/online application packages. Mailed applications, including USB drives or CD/DVDs, will not be accepted or returned.
Residents are also responsible for the Rental Fee of the facility.
Fees for Residencies in Canadian Dollars – Minimum booking of 3 nights is required.
Main House $50.00 (per/night)
Please note, all Residents are expected to return the facilities to the very clean state that they were in when they arrived. Additional fees will apply!
Fee Payment is made in two installments. Each installment is half the total Residency Fee. The first installment is due following confirmation of the Residency. The second installment is due two weeks prior to the residency period. Canadian payments can be made by bank draft or cheque – please contact Shawn at firstname.lastname@example.org for full payment process and options.
• Curriculum Vitae (Optional)
• Optional Support Material (see below): Support Material for Artists / Support Material for Writers.
Support Materials for Artists (Optional)
‘Artist’ is defined as someone, with or working towards, a studio, research and/or intellectual practice that engages material production (includes photographers, painters, filmmakers, video/audio artists, installation/digital artists, etc.):
• 3-5 digital images (jpeg format, RGB color mode, no larger than 1.5 MB each). Label each image file sequentially with number, initials and date (e.g. 01initialsdate, 02initialsdate, 03initialsdate…).
• Image list that corresponds to images submitted.
• A compilation file of up to 5 minutes of audiovisual material (maximum 60 fps, maximum resolution of 1080P or 1920×1080 frame size, no larger than 4 GB). Please note that the file must be viewable by a viewer such as VLC media player (for more information, consult www.videolan.org/vlc/)
• Video list that corresponds to audiovisual material submitted.
• Scans of publications, catalogues, or critical reviews of your work (optional)
Support Materials for Writers (Optional)
‘Writer’ is defined as someone, with or working towards, a writing, research and/or intellectual practice that engages literature, theory, history, art history, curation, cultural study, cultural critique, or related disciplines:
• Writing Sample(s), maximum of 10 pages.
• List of publications; catalogues; critical reviews of your work (optional)
Collaborators may be accepted for a residency and are asked to submit a joint proposal.