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

Lucy May:               October 15 – October 27

Lucy M. May is a contemporary dance artist and writer established in Montréal since 2003. Her recent works (Vivarium, Esemplastic Landing, Le Goulet) ask how geo- and bio-social environments thread their way through human movement. Currently, she is creating a full-length solo, Anima/Darkroom, for the veteran krumper, 7Starr. May imagines her moving body as a meeting place, where theories and conversations find confluence with what is local, sensual, or tactile. She was a member of Compagnie Marie Chouinard from 2009 to 2016, developing roles for eight creations and touring extensively. Independently, she has danced with Susanna Hood, Ariane Boulet, Alejandro de Leon, Frédérick Gravel and choreographers in her native province of New Brunswick. May studied at LADMMI (EDCM), Codarts—Rotterdam Dance Academy, and has practiced krump since 2016. She has been an affiliate of Margie Gillis’s Legacy Project since 2014. Her work has been presented in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Sweden.

While in residence at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, May will research new improvisation methodologies using the Tarot, towards the creation of a new long-form performance. She will investigate the four humours/temperaments through freestyle movement as she navigates the gallery’s rooms. Visual artworks exhibited in the permanent collection and the 2019 Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Atlantic Art will serve as resonators for her emotional gesture throughout her residency.

As part of her research, she will perform in the galleries October 16- 19, 23- 25 & 27.

Ann Manuel:               November 19 – November 29


Ann Manuel is a multi media artist and arts educator working in drawing, painting, printmaking and installation. Recent work has explored the concept of sanctuary, change and absence influenced by life events as well as the roots of her home province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Manuel holds a Masters of Arts (Visual Art Education) from University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Education (Artist in the Community) from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University. Based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Manuel has exhibited in Europe, Asia and across Canada and is a 2016 recipient of the Marie Hélène Allain Fellowship. Sanctuary, the print series, is currently on display at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Sanctuaries and Other Inventories, a solo exhibition, is slated for Gallery 78, November 2019, followed by Inner Sanctum, an installation, at the New Brunswick Museum in 2020.

During her residency, Manuel will use drawing and sculpture to continue her work on Sanctuary and her response to the forestry practices in New Brunswick. This follows up on her Worry Ladders series, one of which is exhibited in the current Marion McCain Atlantic Art Exhibition. The new body of work will pay particular attention to the endangered Acadian forest, with Manuel beginning construction of large-scale empty seedpods representing the Acadian forest’s hardwoods and softwoods.


See the past artists in residence here.