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.
March 13 to April 13 2018: Alma Brooks, Elder-in-Residence
During her residency at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Alma Brooks will engage the public in discussions about her Maliseet heritage, traditions, language, and stories. She will be in the studio for research and planning, and in the Galleries to share her knowledge with visitors. Alma Brooks is a Maliseet grandmother from the St. Mary’s First Nation in New Brunswick. She was an elected Band Councillor for one term before moving on to focus on the Maliseet Grand Council and the Wabanaki Confederacy, both traditional decision-making structures. Alma has developed and facilitated many programs for her community over the years, and was acting President of the New Brunswick Native Council for 18 years. She is currently teaching a two year University Course in the Maliseet Language. Alma is a lifelong learner in the area of the environment – from her spiritual roots to the action on the front lines of many protests, demonstrations and campaigns. Presently, she is also working to raise funds for the Wabanaki Environmental Defense Fund. The Wabanaki Confederacy includes members of the Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot peoples in Atlantic Canada.