Information for artists in the 2017 UBCO Indigenous intensive

2017 summer intensive

Dear Participant in the 2017 Summer Indigenous arts residency:

We have put together a package of relevant notes, introductions, and other information you will find useful on arrival at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.


The residency:

This residency invites you to seek out beyond human-to-human relationships to develop a dynamic, experiential relationship with the land. Some will come for a longer period than others, some with a specific plan or collaboration in mind. Some will come without a concrete goal or expected outcome. As with the relationships that might develop between the selves, others, and the land, we are also thinking of the residency as a circling of ideas for a specific amount of time. One request for this residency is that you consider stepping beyond your initial intentions, beyond your circles of knowledge and acquaintanceships. In the coming weeks, we invite you to walk around, move into, move away from, act towards and beyond, and especially to consider what is produced by shifting our proximities to officially recognized histories, bodies, ancestors, and landscapes.


The UBCO team:

Ashok Mathur is Professor in the Department of Creative Studies and the general coordinator of the Summer Indigenous Intensive. He can be reached at or at 250-863-5874.

Stephen Foster is a Professor and Head of the Department of Creative Studies and also the Director of the Centre for Indigenous Media Arts. He can be reached at

Katherine Pickering is a Lecturer in the Department of Creative Studies and the studio coordinator for the summer intensive. She can manage your artistic and material needs. She can be reached at

Toby Lawrence is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus, and Curator of the Kelowna Art Gallery. She is available to assist with travel and other needs that arise before artists arrive at the residency. She can be reached at

Tania Willard is an MFA student in Visual Arts at UBCO and will be participating in the graduate seminars during the summer. She is familiar with the area and is willing to assist artists in their needs while in residence.


Administrative Staff:

Linda Falkingham is the Assistant to the Head in the Department of Creative Studies at UBCO and will be working on most of your travel and financial plans. She is also a source of knowledge for various operations on campus. She can be reached at

Toby Wesenberg is the General Assistant for the Department of Creative Studies at UBCO and she will ensure you have electronic access to your studios and other sites on campus. She can be reached at


Department Technicians:

Joanne Gervais: Media Technician (CS booking, Large-Scale Digital Printer, Laser Cutter) CCS 228A, 250.807.8737

Kaila Burke: Studio Technician (Wood Shop, Laser Cutter) CCS 128,, 250 807-9780

Philip Wyness: Studio Technician (Metal Shop, Laser Cutter, 3-D Printing) CCS 129,, 250.807.9783

Our technicians monitor studio health & safety and maintain department equipment. They are knowledgeable and happy to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact them with your questions. However, due to their other duties in the department the technicians are unable to assist with project creation.


General Information:

Check-in and Accommodation:
Check-in is at the general University Conference and Accommodation desk. If arriving by car, drive into campus and follow the signs to take the first right after the first building on the right (University Student Centre). The check-in is down this road on the left. Your information will be there for you; if you have a car you will be given instructions about where to park. If you are arriving by air, you will be picked up at the airport and taken to checkin and your residence.

Most of you will be staying on campus in the Cascade residencies. These are quad units — four separate single rooms, two shared bathrooms, and a shared kitchen/common area. You will each get your own key to the building, quad, and room. The residencies are a few minutes’ walk from the studios. Each quad will be equipped with wifi (login and password on the modem). As well, there is guest access to the UBC wifi in your studios and on campus. Your apartment is set-up with linens and towels. Housekeeping cleans weekly and laundry facilities are available on the ground floor of apartment J. When you arrive please check in at the front desk situated in the Nicola residence building which is open 24/7. Orange signs on campus will point you in the right direction. Hair dryers and irons can be borrowed here.

Car & Bus:
If you are arriving by car UBC’s Okanagan campus is on Hwy 97 just 20 minutes north of downtown Kelowna (two minutes drive from the airport). Residents staying on campus have access to free parking. Public transportation stops on campus with regular connections to Kelowna. Bus Routes Map and Info:

The Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is across from campus. If you are arriving by plane please ensure that you have sent your arrival and departure information to Someone will meet you at the airport.

Average temperature in Kelowna, July: high of 28C, low of 13C. There are usually ten days every July above 30 degrees, so come prepared for hot, dry, and sunny weather. It is important to stay hydrated in these conditions. It is beautiful weather, but the sun is hot. The average UV index for Kelowna in July is 6, which is considered high, and the index can climb to as high as 10 or 11, so wear skin protection, and keep covered if out for extended periods.

There are limited restaurant/cafeteria options on campus during the summer. We recommend you consider shared meals with your roommates and other residents, a plan that has worked well at similar residencies in the past. We will also endeavour to complement this with local organic produce and regionally-sourced salmon that we will bring in and distribute. The campus cafeteria is open during the week for breakfast and lunch. Koi Sushi is open during the week for lunch only. Tim Hortons and Green Bean are open weekdays and Starbucks is open weekdays as well as weekends until noon. There are also a few places close to campus: Freshslice Pizza, Golden Island Chinese Restaurant, Gulfstream Restaurant (in the 4 Points Hotel near the airport), and also for groceries a Nesters and coffee shops and a liquor store. They are all within a 5 to 25 minute walk, or a few minutes drive: maps to food establishments.

You will be assigned an electronic ‘salto’ card that will give you 24/7 access to the Creative and Critical Studies building, your shared studio space and other parts of the building as needed. Salto’s need to be ‘charged’ daily at one of the building’s main entrances. If you have any issues with your Salto, please contact, 250.807.9648, CCS 161. The air flow in our studios works best when the doors to the studio are closed. Fixatives and other aerosols should only be sprayed outside; there is a spray room outside the sculpture studio. Please use only odorless solvents and store these in the yellow cupboards. Oily rags can be disposed of in the covered red trash cans in the painting studios. Please take care not to pour paint, medium, or plaster down the sinks.

Sculpture studios are equipped with stationary power tools, welding equipment, and hand tools that can be signed out. The wood shop is open on weekdays from 8:30am – 4:00pm. After each use please sweep sawdust from the equipment and floor. Sculptors should have prior knowledge of the equipment they are working with and expect to work independently. For more information on these facilities please contact Kaila or Philip.

The Print Studio is equipped for ultra-violet screen printing, stone lithography, zinc plate etching, woodcut and lino cut. Printers should have prior printing knowledge and expect to work independently. There is no print studio technician. For more information on these facilities please contact print faculty

A virtual tour of our studio facilities can be found at:

To book A/V equipment from the Creative Studies drop in CCS228, please contact to set up an account. Forward your name, phone number, email address and a minimum 8 character password. Once you have an account, you can log in at to see listings of the different equipment and make bookings.

Art Supplies: We can get a UBC discount at Opus Art Supplies downtown Kelowna and we can arrange to make various material runs there. We can also get various discounts for other arts materials and supplies, so do check with the technicians and organizers. There is a small materials budget that is allocated to the group (rather than amounts for individual artists) so if you do have needs for particular materials, check in with us on that as well. The department has a supply of 1×4”, 8ft. pine, $3 each (See Kaila or Philip).

·Opus Art Supplies, Downtown Kelowna 1357 Ellis Street, (250) 763-3616 ·Home Depot, 2515 Enterprise Way, (250) 550-1600 (close to campus).

·Reimer Hardwoods, 650 Adams Crt, (250) 765-7212(close to campus). Hardwood and specialty items like Baltic birch plywood and other nicer sheet material.

·Princess Auto, 1920 Spall Road, (250) 860-6191. A good place for magnets and cheap tools, bits and bobs.

·Michaels, 1500 Banks Rd #100, (250) 763-7446. Craft supply store. Their website and flyer always have a 40% off one item coupon.

·Industrial Plastics, 1934 Windsor Rd, (250) 763-9426. Plastics, resin, plexiglass etc… ·Excel Metal Fabricators, 390 Lougheed Rd., (250) 765-3111. Metal material supplier.

Guest Printing Services:
UBC Guest Cards can be purchased at any UBC Library circulation desk or UBC Food Services location, at a cost of $5 (cards are preloaded with $5). Funds can be added to your UBC Guest card via the card vendor on level 3 of the Learning Centre. For further info: visitors-guests/

Packages should be addressed to Your Name, c/o Ashok Mathur, Creative Studies Department, UBC Okanagan campus, Fine Arts building, 1148 Research Road, Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

Campus Security:
Emergency: 807-8111, Security Non Emergency: 807-9236

Campus Smoking Regulations:
For health and fire safety reasons, smoking on university property is only allowed in the designated smoking gazebos.

Weekly Gatherings:
Resident artists, the core studio artists, technicians, instructors, and coordinators will meet every Monday morning at 10 am in CCS 222 to discuss details of the week and address any concerns. As well, there will be a weekly Wednesday noon-2pm presentation space in ADM026 (University Theatre) that will be open to all students, artists, community, and university members. Many of you will be asked to participate directly, and we anticipate all will attend weekly for this exciting event.

Other Work and Exhibition Spaces:
In addition to your assigned individual or collective studios, artists will have access to work-in-progress gallery spaces at the FINA gallery and the Centre for Indigenous Media Arts. Talk to the facilitators about availability. The Earthline Tattoo School will be part of the summer intensive all through July, working in studio 222, where we will have our weekly meetings. More info: We will also visit Aboriginal Student Services to meet staff and students there. Good space for informal presentations as well:

Studio 111 is an experimental arts laboratory for contemporary art activities, ideas, exhibitions, residencies, studio practices, and processes. Supported by the University of British Columbia Okanagan Department of Creative Studies and co-organized by the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art. Studio 111 is located downtown in the Rotary Arts Centre (Cawston Avenue between Water and Ellis Streets). Resident artists are welcome to use this as an exhibition space (currently available from July 10-23). Contact Toby Lawrence for more information.

Field Trips:
On occasion we hope to support field trips to sites like the En’owkin Centre and other sites in the Okanagan and region. We will keep you posted on these.

We will invite Elders and knowledge-keepers from the Okanagan for various forums and discussions on Indigenous art and culture. We will keep all informed on this as well.

Fees and Reimbursements:
Artist fees, full or prorated, will be remitted to each artist by cheque, as will reimbursements for travel. Let us know if there are exceptional circumstances and we can attempt to accommodate.

Keynote addresses:
There will be a keynote addresses starting at noon every Wednesday in July at the University Theatre (ADM026).  We encourage you to attend these talks which will also be live streamed, archived, and published at a later date. All students enrolled in SII courses will attend.

Tattoo School:
Earthline Tattoo Collective (Jordan Bennett, Dion Kaszas, Amy Malbeuf) is facilitating an Indigenous Tattoo School as an attached curriculum to the summer intensive. The collective will be working with six Indigenous artists ‘apprenticing’ in this practice and there will be plenty of opportunity to dialogue with this group. If anyone wants to volunteer as a canvas, there is that possibility too.

Aboriginal Student Services:
The Student Union building houses the Aboriginal Student Services Centre which includes a smudging and gathering area, which all are welcome to use. There is also a smudging area in the external sculpture area for artists to use.

Staying Connected:
We are reactivating the ‘’ site, which has been used in previous years to document various residency gatherings. We have a host of research assistants who will be populating this site with language, image, and video, and they will also be seeking interviews with you and other ways to bring your work to a larger public. We will discuss this during our Monday briefings and at other times during the residency, but do check this site for information.

Please restore your studio to its original condition before your departure. There is a compact wall paint & patch kit available for pick up in CCS 128 (see Kaila or Philip). Brooms are kept in the wood shop. Check out from your rooms is 11 am.

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