The Gushul Studio and Cottage, situated in the town of Blairmore, Alberta, Canada, opened in 1988 as a site for creative residencies for professional artists and writers. Owned by the University of Lethbridge and managed by the Gushul Residency Program Committee, this facility has hosted over 200 artists, scholars and other professionals, and has offered inspiration and sanctuary for the production of their work.
Thomas Gushul (1891-1962), a prolific and pioneering Canadian photographer, founded the studio in Blairmore where he lived and worked with his wife Lena. In the early 1980s the studio was restored and was registered as a historic resource by the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation. Today it remains an important cultural resource for the Crowsnest Pass community. Over the years, the facility has undergone significant upgrades to its infrastructure and to its residency programs.
Today the Committee conducts a competitive selection process for artist and writer residencies. Applications are peer-reviewed on a basis of the professional experience of the applicant, the quality of past work, and the applicant’s potential to have a productive residency at the Gushul.
Through the Gushul Residency Program, the University of Lethbridge supports the pursuit of creative production by offering comfortable and private studio and living space for working artists and writers. Residents are housed in either the Studio or the Cottage, separate buildings situated in proximity to one another and nestled in the awe-inspiring mountainous landscape of the Crowsnest Pass.
Several residencies are offered in the Gushul Studio and Cottage:
Open Call Gushul Residency
The Open Call Gushul Residency is available to all professional artists and writers. Applications for Open Call Gushul Residencies are accepted on an ongoing basis for both the Studio and Cottage.
For more details please refer to the Gushul Residency Application Guidelines.
Australia Indigenous Arts Residency Exchange
In 2011, an annual residency and exchange partnership began between the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s (RMIT) International Artist in Residency Program (iAIR) and the Gushul Studio Residency Program at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. This is separate from the Open Call Gushul Residencies, and has a more specific scope and set of deadlines. Please see the Australia Indigenous Arts Residency Page for more details.
Southern Alberta Art Gallery Gushul Residency
The Southern Alberta Art Gallery Gushul Residency is administered and hosted by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. For information about this residency program, please refer to saag.ca/
Trap\Door Artist Run Centre Gushul Residency
The Trap\Door Artist Run Centre Gushul Residency is administered and hosted by Trap\Door Artist Run Centre. For information about this residency program, please refer to trapdoorarc.com/site/
Gushul Residency Length, Availability & Fees
The length of Gushul Residencies generally range from one month to four months. Longer or shorter stays may be arranged pending availability.
Residencies begin on the first day of a calendar month, and end at 12 noon on the last day of a calendar month.
Applicants are asked to indicate on the appropriate Gushul Residency Application Form their preferred months and duration of stay. Residencies can be scheduled year round. Residents who wish to return for a subsequent residency may reapply.
Applicants are also asked to indicate their preference for either the Studio or the Cottage, according to what will most appropriately meet their needs. Please see the Gushul Residency Facilities page. The selection committee reserves the right to make recommendations regarding building choices to best accommodate applicants.
Residents are responsible for all expenses related to the cost the residency, including travel, food and materials. Residents are also responsible for the monthly Rental Fee of the facility.
Fees for Open Call Residencies (Residency Fees are GST Included)
Artist’s Studio $800.00 CAD/ Month, $500.00 CAD/ Half Month, $325.00 CAD/Weekly
Writer’s Cottage $600.00 CAD/ Month, $400.00 CAD/ Half Month, $225.00 CAD/Weekly
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 three months prior to the residency period. International electronic payment can be made to the University of Lethbridge via Western Union and GlobalPay, and Canadian payments can be made by bank transfer or cheque – please contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org for full payment process and options.