Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio: Current Artist

Part of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s recent expansion, the Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio hosts artists and arts professionals by providing them with space to undertake their own creative work. In this studio environment, participants are encouraged to draw inspiration from the permanent collection while engaging with visitors in many different ways. 

As artists are undertaking their residency, Gallery visitors will have the opportunity to experience the creation of new works of art, and to learn more about the artistic process. Artists from across New Brunswick, Canada, and beyond will be invited to work and interact with the public through designated short- or medium-term residencies. Artists working in all media, as well as storytellers, educators, filmmakers, curators, writers, and performers, are invited to participate. By hosting a richly diverse group of creators, we will be able to add engaging new dimensions to the Gallery’s exhibitions and programs.

The studio program, which receives support from government and private funding sources, will provide visiting artists-in-residence with the time and space to create new body of work.

Residencies might include public demonstrations, presentations and talks, mentoring opportunities, and art instruction workshops and classes. Artists-in-residence will also work with Gallery staff and docents, teachers and instructors, student tours, community groups, and visitors of all ages. Residencies will be also be available for presentations, demonstrations, workshops and activities.

This program is offered as part of the Scotiabank Artist Residency Program.


Creative Summer Residencies
Supported by the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation and Scotiabank

Lynn Wigginton:               Aug. 26 – Sept. 6

Lynn Wigginton is an established artist engaged with themes of place, landscape, and built heritage. She has a BFA from Mount Allison University, and is the recipient of several grants and awards. Lynn has exhibited extensively in New Brunswick and across the country, and her work can be found in collections around the world.

Building on a practice rooted in a tradition of Maritime Realism and landscape exploration, and in dialogue with artists such as Alex Colville and Mary Pratt, the artist will work on a series of large-scale oil-on-canvas paintings that examine and reflect our maritime environment. Using the materiality of the oil paint medium, the artist will examine the patterns and rhythms that inherently occur in the geography, geology, and biology of our particular and unique surroundings. The public will be invited to view the process, and to inquire and reflect on the artist’s inspiration, technique, and practice.

Gillian Dykeman:               September 16 to October 5

Gillian Dykeman is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Dykeman works through an intersectional feminist and postcolonial framework. She seeks to empower her audiences in their own lives through playful and critical engagement with visual culture. Her work spans mediums and disciplines such as performance, video, sound, installation, and art criticism.

Dykeman has a Masters in Visual Culture from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD. She is an instructor in Foundation Visual Arts and Advanced Studio Practice at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, as well as the host and producer of Working (it) Out, the ArtSlant podcast. Her work has been exhibited and screened in galleries, exercise studios, a rare book library, and a geodesic dome.

During her residency, Dykeman will respond to the landscapes in the Beaverbrook Gallery's collection, starting with NB based renderings (new or old). The artist will visit some of the sites explored by these landscapes through use of maps, GPS, and information provided with the pieces. She will then create video-based performances at these sites. The residency will also include a performance as a wilderness interpreter/docent, tying in the landscape artwork with the landscape around the Gallery itself. 

Gillian Dykeman will present an artist talk on September 26, 7 pm, and a performance on Oct. 5 at 3 pm.

This residency is presented in partnership with Connexion Artist-Run Centre.

Lucy May:               October 15 – October 27

Lucy M. May is a contemporary dance artist and writer established in Montréal since 2003. Her recent works (Vivarium, Esemplastic Landing, Le Goulet) ask how geo- and bio-social environments thread their way through human movement. Currently, she is creating a full-length solo, Anima/Darkroom, for the veteran krumper, 7Starr. May imagines her moving body as a meeting place, where theories and conversations find confluence with what is local, sensual, or tactile. She was a member of Compagnie Marie Chouinard from 2009 to 2016, developing roles for eight creations and touring extensively. Independently, she has danced with Susanna Hood, Ariane Boulet, Alejandro de Leon, Frédérick Gravel and choreographers in her native province of New Brunswick. May studied at LADMMI (EDCM), Codarts—Rotterdam Dance Academy, and has practiced krump since 2016. She has been an affiliate of Margie Gillis’s Legacy Project since 2014. Her work has been presented in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Sweden.

While in residence at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, May will research new improvisation methodologies using the Tarot, towards the creation of a new long-form performance. She will investigate the four humours/temperaments through freestyle movement as she navigates the gallery’s rooms. Visual artworks exhibited in the permanent collection and the 2019 Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Atlantic Art will serve as resonators for her emotional gesture throughout her residency.

As part of her research, she will perform in the galleries October 16- 19, 23- 25 & 27.


See the past artists in residence here.