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The Narrows Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

PURPOSE: To provide artists with a “retreat style” setting in order to work on or develop their Art in the areas of visual art, creative writing including music composition.

DURATION: One week shared residency with food allowance. Date for 2024: TBC between The Narrows and the successful applicant. Boat travel will be provided to and from the retreat centre with one additional round trip for supplies/food if necessary.

APPLICATION AREA: The catchment area is the West Kootenays, however preference will be given to supporting work that is either shown, presented, or created in Nelson, RDCK areas E and/or F.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Using the online form provided by NDAC, please provide:

  • A brief bio
  • Examples of experience and any previous involvement with arts organizations (resume)
  • Links to your artist website or online portfolio and/or your artist YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, SoundCloud or Spotify (if applicable)
  • An artist statement outlining the intended outcomes from the residency
  • A brief proposal around how you might recognize the support of NDAC (for example: limited rights of NDAC to the created work, or acknowledgement of NDAC’s support in the development of the work)


  • Artists do not pay any rent for residency, work studio or studio space.
  • A food allowance is included in the Residency.
  • All other requirements of the artist must be organized and provided by the artist.
  • The artist will prepare their own meals and keep the living and working spaces clean.
  • The artist will attend an NDAC meeting to discuss their time at the Residency.
  • The artist will propose what to offer NDAC in recognition of the Residency.

An NDAC Committee will administer the Residency program, including advertising, and will arrange for the adjudication of applications and follow-up notice to all applicants. The Committee will meet as required to ensure proper management of the program.