The Cassiar Cannery and the Prince Rupert Community Arts Council have partnered to host an annual artist-in-residence program for two artists, commencing in 2019.
The Artist-in-Residence program provides opportunities for two visual artists to live and work at the Cassiar Cannery for a period of one or three weeks. Artists-in-residence are provided with accommodation and studio space as well as an honorarium to offset the cost of materials, shipping, day to day living expenses and travel. Artists-in-residence must give one public presentation, performance or workshop during their residency. The Cassiar Cannery long residency is intended for professional artists with formal training or equivalent experience and recognition among their peers. The short residency is open only to emerging and established artists living and working in Northern British Columbia.
The Artist-in-Residence program requires artists to donate one piece of art to the Cassiar Cannery that represents or celebrates the Cassiar Cannery. Artists will have one year to complete and ship the art.
DATES: Short residency (one week) (Northern BC artists only): September 17 to 24, 2019 Long residency (three weeks): September 29 to October 20, 2019 Deadline for applications – April 15, 2019
The Cassiar Cannery is One of the Top 10 Unique Places to Overnight in BC. Nestled in the Skeena River Estuary, 30 minutes south of Prince Rupert BC, it was once the longest consecutively operated salmon cannery on the West Coast. Now in its 128th year, under restoration and diversification since 2006, the Cassiar Cannery supports a thriving tourism industry, boat works, custom woodwork, reclaimed lumber, visual arts and science and research.
During the residency program artists will stay in a one bedroom, self-contained, fully equipped Guest House. Studio space will be available in the repurposed and restored General Store, and in our shops, depending on the medium. Cassiar Cannery has a full wood-shop and limited metal working tools (such as a welder, band saw and vice).
There is no cell service but limited wifi is available. There is a courtesy phone available in a phone booth on site, and the Cassiar Cannery number can be used as a contact number. For more information about the Cassiar Cannery visit www.cassiarcannery.com Applicants should keep in mind that stores and restaurants are in Prince Rupert, a 30 minute drive from the Cassiar Cannery. There is a small General Store, gas station and cell service in Port Edward, a 10 minute drive up the road. Successful candidates should have a valid driver’s license. Due to the limited size of the house, applications are not accepted from collaborative groups. The accommodation is not wheelchair accessible. No pets, please.
Engage in your practice and commit to the full length of your residency.
Provide your own art supplies (an easel and lights will be provided), and personal safety equipment if required.
Arrange and pay for your own travel to and from Prince Rupert, BC.
Arranging and paying shipping, if needed.
Insuring your art, equipment and supplies, if needed.
Paying personal expenses, including food and beverages.
Promote your residency experience through diverse networks such as social media, blogs, or an artist talk.
Short residency – Studio tour and evening presentation in Prince Rupert, on September 22nd.
Long residency – one weekend of public engagement with a one day excursion, a one hour evening presentation and one public presentation, performance, workshop, or similar event, at the Cassiar Cannery, during their residency.
Be accessible, within reason, to the Prince Rupert Arts Council, the Cassiar Cannery and vetted media.
Follow site rules and return your work & living space to how you found it.
Donation of one piece of art to the Cassiar Cannery that represents or celebrates the Cassiar Cannery.
Transportation to and from the Cassiar Cannery. The Cassiar Cannery is a 30-minute drive from the town of Prince Rupert. The Prince Rupert Arts Council will assist with transportation for artists without vehicles. Artists wishing to rent a vehicle will have to cover the cost themselves.
Please note the Cassiar Cannery is a historic wooden site within a pristine environment. Projects that involve open flame, toxic materials or pose any danger or potential damage to the building or site will not be allowed.
Long residency only:The artist’s presentation, performance, workshop or similar event will take place at the Cassiar Cannery during the weekend of October 12 to 13. On Saturday will be an excursion with workshop attendees, followed by a catered dinner and a one hour presentation or talk by the artist. On Sunday the artist will present a workshop or guided art session, indoors or out, with workshop attendees.
Please include a list of materials and necessary equipment (i.e. audio-visual).
The artist will be paid an additional honorarium for the weekend presentations & workshop. For more information about this part of the program, please contact the Arts Council at firstname.lastname@example.org with Artist-in-Residence Question in the subject line.
Short residency only: The artist will take part in a studio tour in Prince Rupert, followed by a dinner and presentation or talk by the artist. The artist will be paid an additional honorarium for the talk.
HOST RESPONSIBILITIES (Cassiar Cannery / Prince Rupert Community Arts Council)
Accommodation in a one bedroom house
Long residency honorarium of $2,000.00
Short residency honorarium of $500.00
Publicity & promotion through diverse networks such as social media, print media, newletters or presentations.
Providing a venue for a public presentation, performance, workshop or similar event, and supplies if needed.
Opportunity for networking and engagement with local artists.
Reasonable access to Cassiar Cannery’s wood shop and MIG and stick welding equipment
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES Submissions are due no later than April 15, 2019. Late or incomplete proposals will not be accepted. Email your submissions to the Prince Rupert Community Arts Council at email@example.com Please put “Artist-in-Residence” in the subject line. Successful submissions will be announced no later than April 30, 2019.
Submissions must include:
CV (maximum 2 pages)
Artist statement (maximum 200 words)
Project proposal (maximum 300 words)
Images: 10-15 images of recent work (past 5 years), in jpeg format, maximum resolution 1024x768, 300 ppi. Each jpeg should not exceed 3 MBs.
Corresponding image list that includes title, date, medium, and short description of work, if necessary.
Please tell us your plan for your workshop, artist talk or presentation to be conducted during your residency (maximum 300 words).
Please tell us your plans to promote your residency experience, i.e. media, blogs, social media, artist talk, open studio or art show.
This residency is open to visual artists. The successful candidates will be selected based on their submitted material and artistic merit, by an impartial jury composed of Cassiar Cannery staff, Arts Council board members and invited guests.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and put Artist-in-Residence in the subject line, or call Lynn Cociani 250-600-6769, or Suzo Hickey 604-831-6064 (March 16 – 30 only). If you have questions about the Cassiar Cannery or media inquiries, please email email@example.com or call Justine at 250-628-9260
This program is made possible by financial support from the Province of British Columbia and the City of Prince Rupert.