Information for Resident Artists
After hosting 1500 residencies, we believe that most of the information you need is included below.
Your residency is for the entire calendar month, starting from the first day to the last.
The studio is a gift from the Foundation to the artist. It allows the artist to step away from their daily routine and focus on their practice while being in the company of their peers.
We do not conduct studio visits unless invited.
There is no obligation to participate in any events or give presentations or talks.
If you wish to host or participate in any events, the Foundation will work with you to ensure its success.
We highly recommend that you join and actively participate in a WhatsApp group with the other artists in your cohort. This will help you connect with them, reduce anxiety, and facilitate discussions about day trips, hikes, and other activities.
Studios are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
The main building has four almost identical 1,000 square foot (93 square meters) studios on the upper floor. Each studio consists of a bedroom, a bathroom, and a large studio space with a kitchen. They all have large windows and access to an exterior deck. Two studios face north, overlooking a field, while the other two face south, offering views of the street, church, and graveyard.
On the ground floor, there are four identical 900 square foot (84 square meters) studio lofts that face north, also overlooking a field. These studios have the bedroom and bathroom upstairs in a loft, which is open to the lower studio space with a kitchen and 18-foot ceilings. Each loft has its own exterior exit onto the field, and access to the main building requires going outdoors.
All studios are furnished with a queen bed, shower, toilet, sofa, chairs, tables, sink, linens, towels, microwave, stove and oven, kettle, toaster, fridge, and standard kitchen and dining utensils.
The studios are equipped with easels, work tables, glass palettes,
You are free to arrange the space to suit your needs. You may staple, tack canvases, or screw panels to the studio walls. Rolls of plastic are available to contain any mess.
If you need something or if something is missing, please ask one of the other residents first.
We expect artists to leave the space clean for the next resident.
Each room has a thermostat. While we want you to be comfortable, if you are feeling cold, please put on a sweater before turning up the heat.
The maximum temperature allowed is 20 degrees.
Common Kitchen/Dining Area
The main building features a common kitchen and dining area equipped for most culinary adventures. You will find a wider range of utensils and supplies there that are not available in your studio.
The large dining table can accommodate all the residents at once and is used for gatherings.
Please clean up after yourselves.
On the lower floor of the main building, you will find two play rooms equipped with a ping pong table, pool table, and dartboard.
There is also a projector room with a Pac Man machine, miscellaneous board games, cards, a printer, and a library of books.
At the end of the hall on the lower floor, there is an exercise room with yoga mats, weights, and a treadmill.
Art Supplies & Tools
We recommend that you ship your art supplies from one of these Canadian suppliers, allowing three weeks for delivery:
• Above Ground: abovegroundartsupplies.com
• Curry’s: currys.com
• Gwartzman’s: gwartzmans.com
For stretchers in custom dimensions, you can contact Image Fusion at 1042 Topsail Road, Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a wide range of manual and power tools available in the tool room at the facility.
Tape guns, measuring tape, scissors, staplers, staple removers, clamps, screws, nails, lights, plastic, etc., are provided.
Phone & Wifi
Cell service is available, but there is no landline.
Free high-speed internet access is provided.
A vehicle is not necessary while in residence as the Foundation will help you do occasional grocery runs. Sometimes a group of artists will rent a vehicle for a long weekend to do day trips. There is no public transportation between Pouch Cove and St. John’s.
Friends & Family
The residency program is designed to provide individual artists with the time and space to create in a community of their peers, away from their regular routines.
If your partner is also a creative individual who can share the space, the Foundation will consider their presence for the duration of the residency. Please submit a specific request prior to your arrival.
Otherwise, partners and family members are limited to the first or last week of the residency, sharing the resident’s space. Please inform the Foundation prior to your arrival.
Linens & Laundry
The program provides bed linens and towels. We kindly ask that you leave them as you found them, clean.
If you need to depart early in the morning, please strip your bed and leave the linens and towels in a pile on the floor to be cleaned.
Free laundry facilities are located in the common kitchen off the gallery.
We do not provide laundry detergent and softener.
PLEASE remember to clear the dryer lint trap after each use.
Garbage, Recycling, Compost
There is a large green XIV garbage box in the parking lot for your refuse, knocked-down cardboard, etc. Please place them in opaque garbage bags for pickup on Mondays.
Recycling of clean bottles, cans, glass, and clear plastics is only allowed in clear plastic bags.
There are two compost bins on-site for organic materials. Please refrain from disposing of meat in the compost.
The donation of art is the resident’s way of acknowledging that the Foundation’s program is worthwhile.
The donation does not have to consist of work created during the residency. It can be work from your existing inventory or work created later.
If you would like to offer a choice of artwork, that would be appreciated. However, generally, the artist proposes what they would like to donate, and we accept.
As you can imagine, some artists are very generous while others are not. The Foundation rarely questions a donation, as we want your overall experience to be positive.
The Foundation attempts to utilize the donated artwork to support its programs through sales or by trading art for needed goods and services.
Based on our storage facilities, we are only able to monetize approximately 13% of the donated work.
The Foundation books residencies a year or more in advance to allow artists sufficient time to organize their lives and take a month off.
We understand that after accepting the residency, personal matters can arise that may prevent artists from participating in our program.
Individual artists are responsible for notifying the Foundation at the earliest opportunity if their circumstances change and prevent them from attending the Pouch Cove residency.
If an artist cancels their participation for any reason less than ninety days prior to their residency, the Foundation kindly asks that the artist fulfill their obligation to donate art.
Please DO NOT use UPS.
c/o The Pouch Cove Foundation
14 Gruchy’s Hill
Pouch Cove, NL
c/o Pouch Cove Foundation
PO Box 693
Pouch Cove, NL
If you are shipping art supplies from another country, please allow four weeks for delivery and be prepared to pay 15% HST (VAT) taxes on the declared value, plus hefty brokerage fees.
For outward-bound shipping, the Foundation has various packing materials such as plastic, tubes, cardboard, and wooden crates on hand.
We use Sameday Courier for domestic shipments within Canada and DHL for international shipments.
St. John’s International Airport (YYT) is serviced by Air Canada, WestJet, and Porter. Please ensure that the airport code on your ticket is correct. We are NOT located in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Please send the Foundation your airline booking confirmation at least ninety days in advance of your residency.
The Foundation aims to provide transportation from the airport to Pouch Cove when flights arrive between 9 am and 5 pm on the first and last day of each month.
If you arrive outside of those hours, you can either take a taxi to the residency (approximately $80) or stay at one of the airport hotels, and we will pick you up the following day.
If you arrive during the day, we usually take you first to the Dominion supermarket on Stavanger so that you can purchase groceries, liquor, cannabis, etc., as required, before heading to Pouch Cove.
The Marine Atlantic ferry offers a six-hour overnight sailing from North Sydney, Nova Scotia, to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, on a daily basis.
We recommend taking the night crossing, as it arrives at 7 am and allows you the day to drive the eleven hours to Pouch Cove.
Please book early and reserve a berth for the best accommodation.
Please send a text to the Foundation when you are close to St. John’s.
Between mid-June and mid-September, there is an optional seventeen-hour ferry from Argentia, Newfoundland, to North Sydney, Nova Scotia.
We suggest coming via Port aux Basques and returning via Argentia (or vice versa) to make the best use of your travel time.
While we would love to have mind-reading abilities, they have significantly declined in recent years. Therefore, we kindly request that you inform us if you encounter any problems during your stay.
While we may not always be able to solve your problem, we appreciate being aware of it.
If you have read through all the provided information and still have a question, please feel free to email us, and we would be delighted to assist you.