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:
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.
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.
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/
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/