Both 2021 residencies have been filled. Scroll down to learn more about the artists that will be joining us this year, and keep checking back for our next call for submissions.
Long residency recipient - May 1 to 20, 2021 - Laara Cerman
Laara Cerman’s work explores the intersection of art, science, and history through investigating patches of wildness that survive within suburban and urban landscapes. With an ongoing practice of collecting wild plant specimens, Laara is creating a digital herbarium documenting the life cycle of plants while learning about different aspects and uses of flora growing in Canada’s most biodiverse province. Through learning about the role of plants in the ecosystem and the gifts they offer us, Laara has become more conscious of the mutual connections of life and the importance of reciprocity between humans and the Earth. Her 3-week residency will begin in the spring 2020. www.laaracerman.com
Short Residency Recipient - September 13 to 31, 2021 - Suzo Hickey
Suzo Hickey is a painter living in Prince Rupert, BC. She migrated from coast (Prince Rupert) to desert (Kamloops) and back to coast (Vancouver) in 1991, attending Emily Carr College of Art and Design. Since graduating in 1994, Suzo exhibited in BC and the US on themes of queer mothering, urban landscapes, and death in the family. Her work has always been informed by the specifics of her life: the death of her 24-year-old son in Mirificus, stereotyping in You Fucking Fruit, queer motherhood in Let Me Go Down in the Mud. In 2008 her work became urban landscape. After constructing shows around issues, she began examining the formal, enigmatic power of what was around her: the ordinariness of rainy intersections and leafless trees in her East Vancouver neighbourhood. In 2016 Suzo moved back to her hometown of Prince Rupert. Continuing her exploration of urban surroundings, Suzo’s work has turned another corner. In addition to layers of light and weather, circles and ovals permeate these new Northern landscapes. At first subdued, and then with a forceful confidence, giving the paintings an energetic newness. https://www.suzohickey.com/
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This program is made possible by financial support from the Province of British Columbia and the City of Prince Rupert.