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.


Erin Goodine, March 26 - April 5

Erin Goodine will research through painting the use of objects and settings in portraiture. She will explore the Beaverbrook Art Gallery collection, gathering examples of symbolism in painting, and using them as inspiration to experiment with how 21st-century objects and technologies could be represented in relation to a portrait’s subject.

She will also explore imagined objects and settings of the future: how these can be used symbolically, based on their depicted function and form; how such imagined objects have been represented and designed in science fiction; and how these representations have impacted real-world objects and environments. During her residency, Goodine will also extend this exploration by sculpting the imagined objects, and by writing about their potential implications for future societies.


Upcoming Artists-in-Residence

Emilie Grace Lavoie April 8- 20

During her residency, Emilie will be interrogating the space between an object and its ecology. In her words, “I imagine my ceramic and fiber objects as strange species that could live in the water but eventually mutate to live on earth. I will explore different possibilities of integrating pieces of textiles that are part of my personal environment in order to connect the imaginary world with a lived material world. The ecology will become the place where I can question and explore unknown forms and known materials, as if the imaginary world has been affected by elements part of our material world, and are infecting and changing our present environment.”

Emilie Grace Lavoie is a ceramic sculpture artist from Edmundston, NB. She recently obtained her MFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in May 2018. In 2017, Lavoie received the silver medal at the VIII games of la francophonie in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) in sculpture installation category representing Canada-New Brunswick.


Donald Andrus April 23- May 3

Over the course of his residency, Donald Andrus will continue to develop a new series of recent paintings (the FARGO series).  The series will be a return to a more painterly form of painting. Careful layering of oil stick and interspersed drawing will result in a painting revealing pentimenti, based upon the use of the materials and the processes of building toward an ultimate surface. Embedded within the final surface will be contrasting strips or bands of jet black fresco slip, the surface of which will carry a glittering pattern of sardonyx gel pen from Japan.

This series continues his concern with materials and processes employed to suggest the inner life of the individual painting - something malleable and shifting in the viewer’s eye and therefore encouraging engagement on the part of the viewer with the abstract imagery.

Donald Andrus is a contemporary artist living in Charlottetown, PEI. He was trained in the studios of Canadian War Artists Charles Comfort, Jack Nichols, Aba Bayefsky and the American artist Charles Morey at the University of Toronto in the late ‘50s and early ‘60’s.


See the past artists in residence here.