VANS in Residence Artists Announced

VANS in Residence

(Halifax) – Visual Arts Nova Scotia is excited to announce the artists who have been chosen for the three VANS In Residence initiatives this spring. We have both rural and urban residencies in HRM this year, involving fantastic partners. Each artist will split their time between their own practice (studio work, research and other endeavors), and actively working with community members (workshops, artist talks and other activities).

Brian Riley
in residence in Herring Cove at Pavia Gallery & Café from March 27 to April 21.

My residency will be all about… getting my hands dirty with papier-mâché cornstarch glue! Ideally outdoors and involving the community as much as possible. I want to schedule group walks (with an open invitation) and explore the surrounding landscape. We will look for unique rocks shapes and papier-mâché these forms for puppet, costume and sculpture making back at the studio. I am planning to do workshops at local schools to help me explore these ideas, and host artist talks and possibly a film screening or two relevant to the work. This residency will flux and flow as it unfolds, but I am thrilled to be taking it on and getting active with my art practice!

Andrew Maize
in residence in Musquodoboit Harbour at The Old School House Community Gathering Place and The Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library from April 2 to May 7.

Using the historical promotional materials and photographs sourced from the MHRM, I will use a variety of methods to rework these images. I’m interested in doing some rubbings/frottage of some of the items at the MHRM and could do a workshop in this as well. What are the stories that are buried under the rail bed? How has our relationship changed to the tracks now that they have become public walking trails? I plan on walking and paddling both the trail and the river routes during my residency, and developing a public activity that looks at the relationship between the two. I will use maps (both physical and digital) to create work in response to this relationship.

Jessica Winton
in residence in North End Halifax at Wonder’neath and the North Branch Memorial Library from April 2 to May 7.

This residency enables me to work together with community members to create sculptural and performative elements of one or more entries in the upcoming Halifax Natal Day parade.  The parade is an unusual and fun opportunity to present issues that are important to different cultural groups to a public who may be unfamiliar with them. I’m hoping that we can imagine, describe and create new and wild forms of parade “floats”, that represent issues local people really care about. Friday and Saturday afternoons at Wonder’neath on Isleville St. during their Open Studio program, we’ll determine, refine, construct and rehearse content of the parade entry with anyone who wants to be part of it. I will also be collaborating with the Halifax North library branch to develop work at this second location.

For more information please visit the VANS in Residence page or contact:
Andrea Ritchie
PAINTS Coordinator