Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio: Featured 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:

Jennifer Stead, June 18 - 29

Amy Ash, July 2 - 13

Alexandrya Eaton, July 16 - 22

Abby Paige, July 23 - 29

Colin Smith, July 30 - August 10

Emma Hassencahl-Perley, August 13 - 24

Vicky Lentz, August 27 - September 7

 

See the past artists in residence here.

 

Jennifer Stead, June 18 - 29

Jennifer Stead joined the Andrew and Laura McCain Gallery as Executive Director and curator in February 2017. She received a BFA at NSCAD, an Art Education degree at McGill, and MFA at the University of Calgary, winning the 2007 Chancellor’s Gold Medal. Her painting and drawing practice has recently included public art sculptures, most recently a commission for the Ottawa Light rail transit at parliament Station, opening fall 2018. She lives in Florenceville- Bristol, New Brunswick.

I will work on a series of exploratory sketches, watercolors and ink drawings that respond directly to the Beaverbrook collection, including the British paintings, the Pillow collection and other works. I will start a long charcoal drawing on the walls of the studio. The public will be welcome to sketch in charcoal with me in the studio whenever I am there working and I can give short drawing lessons as well. My intention is to explore the collection with a sketchbook, to use the opportunity to look closely and absorb. My intention is to work on a series of landscape sketches that respond to the colours, ideas and compositional moments I find in various artworks.

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Amy Ash, July 2 - 13

Amy Ash is a Canadian contemporary artist engaged with the process of meaning-making through the connectivity of memory, learning and wonder.
Her practice includes teaching, social engagement, installation, drawing, and other forms of making. Amy has a BFA from Mount Allison University (2000) and a BEd from University of New Brunswick (2010). She has exhibited and curated programmes in Canada, Japan, and the UK, has undertaken residencies in Canada and the UK, and has worked within several arts organizations in New Brunswick and London, UK.

In her words:

“Working with a wide range of media, the emphasis of my practice is on idea and process. Each project is driven by an investigation, a motivation to explore and learn and need to share this experience of finding meaning with others. I am fascinated by situated and tangential knowledge, by our ability to learn, and by the adaptability of the brain to make meaning from so many— and an increasing number of— disparate sources simultaneously. I believe it is our ability to make meaningful connections that informs our sense of community, belonging and resilience. And, therefore, in my artwork — both the objects and the projects— I look for ways to engage people with the process of making meaning. In the collection, no women artists are mentioned online. In this residency, I will both seek inspiration specifically in works by women, as well as borrowing gestures from works in the collection to include in my work.”

During her residency, Amy will be working on layered drawing, painting, cyanotypes of women at work, using the growth of crystals within the paint pigment to explore the science of copper and memory. She will also hold open sessions, workshops, and process demos.
Website: www.amyash.ca.

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Alexandrya Eaton, July 16 - 22

Alexandrya Eaton has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Mount Allison University. Her works have been exhibited around the Maritimes and Ontario in over 30 solo and group exhibitions. For the past decade, her studio practice has focused on a body of work titled ‘Busy Woman’. For the past four years she has specifically incorporated rug hooking into her practice, creating hooked rugs with vivid colour that mirror that of her acrylic paintings.

In her words:

“This series of hooked rugs was specifically inspired by the teachings of my grandmother. With the project now complete, these textile works represent for me the life cycle of a woman, from a female perspective, passed down through generations of women. The hours of labour put into the actual construction of these fibre works have proven to be a therapeutic way of pouring love and loss into a time honoured tradition generally thought of as “women’s work”, or women’s cultural production.”
During the residency she will demonstrate the process of rug hooking, describe how she comes up with compositions, and show a variety of studies and works in progress. See some of Alexandrya Eaton’s works in the Orientation Gallery until October 7, 2018.

Website: www.alexandryaeaton.com

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Abby Paige, July 23 - 29

Abby Paige is a writer, performer, and theatre creator with a background in comedy, solo performance, and documentary theatre. Her work often explores the borders and boundaries, both real and imagined, between places, peoples, languages, generations, and genres.

In her words:

“I am interested in silence, omission, and subtext and in finding ways to make explicit what is unsaid or unacknowledged. I use written and spoken language to draw attention to what is undocumented, hidden, or taken for granted. As a performer, I am particularly engaged with live and solo performance, where the boundary between audience and performer is unstable, and it is possible to create experiences of unique intimacy and connection. In an age where technology increasingly isolates us from one another, live performance has the potential to provide a uniquely unmediated experience for audience and performer, one that might function as an invitation to curiosity, vulnerability, and emotional risk.”

During her residency, Abby Paige will be working on a series titled RITES.

RITES will be a series of performances, interventions, and ephemeral installations within the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s permanent collection. These may include games, tours, recitations, re-enactments, inventories, and other experiments designed to provide moments of focus and surprise for museum visitors, and draw attention to the contexts and assumptions embedded in the museum experience.

Website: www.abbypaige.com

Writing Workshop - July 25. Love is Unskilled Labour

Join artist-in-residence, Abby Paige, for a free one-day workshop. Mothers and other caregivers will gather to explore the isolation, frustration, intimacy, and joy associated with providing care to other human beings. If you are a caregiver, you are invited to register and attend with the person or people for whom you provide care.

To register, or for more information, please contact Abby Paige at emailabbypaige@gmail.com or by calling 506-292-5307. Please note: registration is not available through the Gallery for this workshop.

Acting Workshop - July 27. Accessible Entrances

Are you an adult living with a disability who is interested in acting, art, dance, or self-expression? You are invited to a free one-day performance workshop with writer and solo performer, Abby Paige, during her artist residency at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

To register, or for more information, please contact Abby Paige at emailabbypaige@gmail.com or by calling 506-292-5307. Please note: registration is not available through the Gallery for this workshop.

Staged Play Reading - July 29. 

Abby Paige performs excerpts from her new play, Ma cousine des États/My Cousin from The States in the Bruno Bobak Artist in Residence Studio, as part of our July Family Art Day activities.

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Colin Smith, July 30 - August 10

Colin Smith is a New Brunswick artist and teacher. He was a cartoonist for the Salon Section of the Telegraph Journal from 2007 to 2017. His work is included in the New Brunswick Art Bank, as well as private collections, and has been in solo and group shows at Buckland Merrifield Gallery and the Andrew and Laura McCain Art Gallery.

In his words:

“Life inspires me. I draw constantly.  I doodle on paper, in books, over shopping lists, throughout my teacher planning book.  I have done it since grade one. I have a sketchbook with me always, which I fill with phrases or doodles or ideas of what I see around me, and what I am thinking about.  If I don’t set them down, they are lost.  I roughly block out a drawing in pencil, usually working from these sketches, and then have at it with pen and ink. I like the finality of ink - once you put the mark on the paper, it is there. It encourages a mix of fluidity and improvisation.”

During his residency Colin plans to create drawings of the various rooms in the gallery, filled with active children and adults, highlighting the vibrancy, life, and sense of humour of the Gallery. He will be working in the rooms on large pencil sketches, and adding ink and watercolor in the studio. Visitors are invited to try their hand at pen and ink.

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Emma Hassencahl-Perley, August 13 - 24

Emma Hassencahl-Perley is a Wolastoqiyik artist from Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University. She describes her work as multidisciplinary: rooted in painting, printmaking and drawing, but moving towards beadwork, textiles, installation, and other in recent years.

In her words: 

“My work looks at the relationship between the settler-state of Canada and Indigenous people – and it is a relationship I am critical of. Other themes in my work include legislative identity, relearning the truth about our shared history in Canada and my own identity as a Wolastoqiyik woman. My inspiration stems from reading and researching and my own attempts to stay aware of what’s happening in Indigenous communities on a National scale. My goal as an art maker is to draw people in rather than push them away and to open up tough, perhaps uncomfortable, conversations. My grandmother has also inspired me to use my gift and my voice to speak truth: she wanted me to be a lawyer, I wanted to make art.”

During her residency Emma will create a landscape drawing using twine and 500 plywood feathers, along the Wolastoq. Visitors are invited to assist in stringing feathers and /or engage in conversation on indigenous resistance in this territory/province, the importance of land, and the Peace and Friendship treaties. This work will connect directly to Atlantic artworks in the permanent collection, especially works made by Wolastoqiyik, who have a long history of art-making in the region.

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Vicky Lentz, August 27 - September 7

Vicky Lentz is a mixed-media visual artist living in the northwest region of New Brunswick. Her studio inquiries employ a variety of materials and methods to engage with the landscape on a human scale.

In her words:

“I maintain an intimate relationship with the environment living in an isolated forest. As a young child, in the wilds surrounding the family farm in the Ottawa Valley, there was a constant sense of discovery and wonder. This deep sense of wonder persists in the artistic discoveries made in my forest studio. As I search for innovative ways to express our human interaction with the environment, I explore several mediums. Through paint, recycled metal, found materials and clay, the transformation and fluidity of life remains a constant theme.”

During this residency Vicky will present the theme of Deep Listening, using a contemporary approach to examine the human relationship to the environment. She will work on two-dimensional paintings in an acrylic layering process while adding found materials. She will also work on three-dimensional artworks using cleaned and dried animal bones, encrusting crystals in cavities and inscribing the surface with markings in a scrimshaw-like process -- waxing, scribing, inking, buffing.

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