Photo: Henri Robideau

Welcome to the Blue Cabin!

Launched in the unceded lands and waters of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency offers a vantage point from which to consider the city differently. International in scope but deeply rooted in the histories and narratives of this place, the Blue Cabin offers a unique opportunity to learn, explore and engage with the foreshore.

The Blue Cabin sat between the low and high tide lines at Cates Park in North Vancouver since 1932 and has resisted ownership for nearly 100 years. It was home to maritime labourers and families – and since the late ‘60s was a place of creative respite and subsistence for Vancouver artists Al Neil and Carole Itter. Slated for demolition in 2014, the Cabin was saved by a consortium of arts organizations who have transformed it into a unique, floating artist residency that offers artists and the public a unique, shifting view of the region and the ideas and histories that inform it. The Blue Cabin arrived in Vancouver’s False Creek in the summer of 2019 for its inaugural program of artist residencies, open houses, talks and workshops. In January 2022, the Cabin moved to Imperial Landing in the City of Richmond’s historic Steveston Village, in traditional Musqueam, Kwantlen, and Tsawwassen territories, for 2 years of local and international artist residencies and public programming.

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The Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency foregrounds a desire and need for alternate modes of living and working, and expands our understanding of what constitutes public space. Your support is crucial to sustaining this project! For fundraising inquiries contact or click here to donate online.