Blue Cabin First Nations Exchange Canada


This is an all-expenses paid six-week residency at the Blue Cabin. The exchange emphasizes decolonial perspectives and somatic connections and seeks to connect and expand Indigenous culture and ways of knowing between the two regions.

Selected artists will be mid-career artists whose work is informed by ceremonial practice. This can be from any discipline or multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary; including installation, embodied repertoire. The work will blend or draw from traditional and contemporary practices. The exchange is underpinned and guided by First Nations protocol of the Musqueam and Kulin Nations Elders and Community.

The deadline for applications is 20 March 2023 at 5pm.

Our selection committee will review all applications and shortlist candidates by 1 April 2023. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited for an interview to discuss your application further. 

Find out more: Artist Residency – The Blue Cabin

Supported by Canada Council and Australia Council

Residency Dates:
September/ October 6 weeks – built in flexibility to adjust within this timeframe in consultation with Blue Cabin. 

Frequently Asked Question

Can I apply for both the Saison Foundation Exchange and the Blue Cabin Exchange residencies?
Yes – but you will need to state your preference as you cannot attend both.

What are my responsibilities as an artist in residence? 
You are representing both yourself as an individual practitioner and the Footscray Community Arts and should be mindful of the important legacy and relationship building aspect of your residency will have for future exchanges.

How long can I stay in residence?
The stipulated time. 4 weeks. 

Can I extend my residency?
This can be negotiated with the host organisation and will come at own cost.  

Will I do a showing/exhibition of my residency project?  
Expectations are that the artist will be available for at least two public facing activities during the residency. Talks, workshops, yarning circles, showings, readings, podcast, interviews etc, depending on the artists preference and practice.

Any outcome from the residency should preference the host organisations, Saison and FCA, as presenters.

I have other questions not covered here. Who can I contact? 
If you have any further questions please contact Indigenous Cultural Program Producer Dan Mitchell at or 0417 011 215.