Indigenous Art Intensive

This month-long residency gathers students, artists, curators, writers and scholars to engage in contemporary ideas and discourse—a place for new ideas rooted in Indigenous art-making.

Zine making workshop

UBC Okanagan’s Indigenous Art Intensive offers an educational series of courses, lectures, art shows, and opportunities to create art. It features a series of world-renowned speakers, a variety of related undergraduate and graduate credit courses, and a group of resident artists who will be working to create a new body of work.

The 2024 Indigenous Art Intensive is being planned as an in-person program.

Visit the Indigenous Art Intensive Blog for details for the visiting artists, keynote presenters and events, as well as information on previous years.

Indigenous Art Intensive Blog

Courses – May to June, 2024

Alongside the intensive residency, FCCS is offering additional courses in visual art, creative writing, and Indigenous studies. These will run in conjunction with the Indigenous Intensive with varying degrees of crossover, providing students the opportunity to connect with the keynote speakers and the resident artists. All courses are offered in Term 1, May 13 to Jun 20, 2024.

Visa 520/460Indigenous Praxis

Instructor: Pieter Morin

Multidisciplinary seminar dealing with various approaches and issues in contemporary creative praxis as relating to the disciplines of Visual Arts, Indigenous Studies, Media Arts, Creative Writing, and Performance. Students will be expected to develop creative work and/or a written reflective text or performance.


CCS 320 | Interdisciplinary Ecological Art

Instructor: Tania Willard

An interdisciplinary practice-based course that introduces students to artistic methods and processes for engagement in environmental issues.

ARTH 460 | Indigenous Contemporary Art

Instructor: TBC

Course TBC

ENGL 154 | Indigenous Narrative

Instructor: Allison Hargreaves

This course introduces students to Indigenous narrative forms, including textual and oral storytelling in anecdotes, life-writing, films, histories, narrative poems, novels, performances, and songs.


The program is open to UBC students, students from other universities and those who have a previous university degree.

Indigenous Art Intensive  Program

The Indigenous Art Intensive features a series of world-renowned speakers, a variety of related undergraduate and graduate credit courses, and a group of resident artists who will be working to create new works.

Indigenous Art Intensive, Keynote presentations and artist panels

Visiting artists will participated in a series of keynote presentations and artist panels once a week throughout May and June. For more information on the keynote presentations, panel discussions and other events, please visit our events listings on the Intensive Blog. Details on the 2024 program will be shared when available.


  • Indigenous Intensive panel 2023

    Tania Willard, Krista Belle Stewart and Dion Kaszas panel discussion, Indigenous Art Intensive 2023

  • Invisible Forces opening

    Invisible Forces opening reception, Indigenous Intensive 2023

  • Indigenous Intensive panel 2022

    Panel discussion, Indigenous Intensive 2023

  • Zine workshop, 2019

    Zine making workshop, Indigenous Intensive 2019

  • WIR

    Writer in Residence, Richard Van Camp, Indigenous Intensive 2018

  • Woven Together

    Woven Together Artist Panel, Indigenous Intensive 2018

  • Elder, Richard Armstrong

    Elder Richard Armstrong, Indigenous Intensive 2016