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

Karen Stentaford:             June 19 – 30

Karen Stentaford is an artist and educator in Sackville, NB. She works in a variety of photography-based media exploring place, absence, and memory.

The artist will set up Photomatic: Traveling Tintype Studio on site to make tintype portraits of visitors, staff, and the landscape of the area. These photos will become part of the exhibition The Process of Time (June 1st – December 30th). This will be a hands-on learning opportunity for participants and observers to experience one of the earliest forms of photography.

The artist will draw from works of portraiture found in the permanent collection, using them as inspiration for both considerations of light and composition and strategies of representation.


Kelly Hill:                            July 1 – July 12

Kelly Hill is an emerging artist working in costume & lens-based media. Her practice investigates glamour, artificiality, and queer identity through alternative cinematic histories, often employing aging processes & DIY techniques.

Hill’s practice involves reframing historical artworks & documents from a queer & feminist perspective. During this residency, the artist will examine portraits from the collection, recreating textile components and reframing details through photography. The project will encourage visitors to rethink the heterosexual male gaze that has dominated the way the history of art has been recorded & collected.

The project will respond to the collection through a subtly queer lens, encouraging visitors to consider the patriarchal forces that have shaped art historical narratives. The analogue large-format photography used will also tie in to Karen Stentaford’s exibition on display.


Ralph Simpson:                 July 15- July 26

Ralph Simpson is an emerging New Brunswick artist who recently graduated from NBCCD, where he studied Aboriginal Arts. He works full-time creating basketry and sculptural work with wood and plant fibres.

Simpson will be weaving both square and circular 2D pieces for hanging. He will be exploring the use of bark, common rush, and iris blades in various weaving techniques and patterns. His plant fibre artworks will be inspired by the Canadian landscape paintings in the permanent collection. 


Emily Kennedy:                 July 29 – Aug. 9

Emily Kennedy is a cellist, improviser, composer, and sound artist. Passionate about new music and sound, Kennedy has collaborated on projects including interactive sound installations, soundscapes, and multidisciplinary performances.

During her residency, the artist will deconstruct basic elements of Rita Letendre's Hyatgan, using it to create a graphic score. She will then produce a musical track that reflects the graphic score by compiling self-recorded cello improvisations and found recordings. The public will be engaged by contributing to the found recordings.


Jared Peters:                     Aug. 12 – Aug. 23

Jared Peters was a semi-finalist in the 2011 RBC Painting Competition, and his work can be found in both Canadian and international collections. He received a BA in History from the University of New Brunswick, a BFA from NSCAD University, and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Western Ontario. He currently lives and works in New Brunswick, Canada.

During this residency, Peters will reflect on everyday experiences through the lens of art historical humanist portraiture. Working on 9" x 12" gessoed paper, the artist will complete paintings in a single session, and will invite members of the public to join him in processing their daily experiences with paper, pastels, and pencils, made available for public use in the studio.

The art produced in the studio will be in conversation with many works found in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery's collection, but especially works by Jack Weldon Humphrey, Walter Sickert, and Lucian Freud.


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.


See the past artists in residence here.