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.


Artist Residencies
Supported by the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation and Scotiabank

Virtual Residence: Gerald Beaulieu          June 7 to August 20, 2021

Gerald Beaulieu originally comes from Welland, Ontario. He studied art at the Ontario
College of Art and Design in Toronto, graduating in 1987. In 1988 he moved to Prince
Edward Island, where he now works and lives with fellow artist Christine Trainor. He is
primarily a sculptor and installation artist. He has received numerous Canada Council
for the Arts and Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts awards and a number of
national awards for his work. He has had over 80 solo and group exhibitions across
Canada, the U.S. and Europe. His work is in several public collections including the Art
Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Confederation Centre Art
Gallery. His permanent and temporary works have been installed in a number of cities in Canada.

The point of this whole enterprise is to make good art that is compelling and if we are
lucky, somehow contains insight. Doing this often touches on the mysteries of truth and
beauty. For me art is first and foremost about a personal relationship to truth. Any notion
of beauty comes from that premise.

Art is also very much about the senses, the physical inputs of our environment giving us
the means to construct our realities. Art can be seen, touched and heard. It has physical
substance and force. The challenge is to join the polarities of form and content into a
meaningful whole, truth and beauty as equal partners. If done well art will have depth,
deep enough to drown in.


Raina Spalding          July 19 to 23, 2021

Raina Spalding is a 19-year-old emerging artist from Fredericton, New Brunswick who specializes in Acrylic Paintings. She is currently studying at the University of New Brunswick and is represented by the Gallery on Queen. Raina has been creating art for as long as she can remember and looks forward to expanding her knowledge and skills through every new piece.

Thanks to the Youth for Youth Art Collective and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, I will be able to connect with other local artists, as well as anyone who would like to watch me work. I am excited to begin working on my new beach series while in the artist residence and am so grateful for the opportunity!

See the past artists in residence here.