Artist in Residence

Leigh Square’s Artist in Residence program is a three month tenure that are based on the principles of cultural development, while enriching the community by providing and promoting the importance of arts and culture, supporting fellow artists, and bringing to the community interesting or concerning topics.

During each three month residency, artists establish a presence in Leigh Square by working on their proposed projects out of the Gathering Place. This includes spending time developing their body of work, engaging the public with their practice, leading workshops and demos within the centre, and connecting with the public to encourage artistic participation within the Leigh Square Community Arts Village.

The residencies are based on terms of approximately three months (Jan to Mar; Apr to June; July to Sept; Oct to Dec). The project goal is to connect the public with the artists living within their communities and to encourage artistic participation within the Leigh Square Community Arts Village. The end result should be a lasting cultural impact upon the City of Port Coquitlam and its residents. Remuneration is $500, with the artists committed to spending a minimum of 12 hours – maximum of 20 hours / week in the studio space provided for the tenure of their residency.

We are currently seeking artists for the 2018 in-take. If you are interested in applying for a residency, please find an Artist-in-Residence application form under the ‘GET INVOLVED’ tab with ‘FORMS’. For any questions, or submitting your application, please email Leigh Square at or call 604.927.8400.


Leigh Square heats up the summer with our Artist-in-Residence, Afsaneh Roudgar! During her residency, Afsaneh will work through her appreciation of nature, which is an important part of her inspiration in her recent works since moving to Canada. She believes we are lucky to live in a multicultural country, and through her residency Afsaneh hopes to respect our different cultures by sharing and making a strong connection with the community. Her wish it to teach and guide interested people in different kinds of visual arts and how they affect our lives.

Residency Term: July – September 2017

Meet & Greet with Artist:
Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm
Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Thursdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: The Outlet at Leigh Square

Free open studio every Wednesday
from 2 to 4pm for age 5 to 14

Free open studio every Thursday
from 10:30am to 12:30pm for age 14+

Portrait of Family Pets for age 18+
August 10th from 11am to 2pm
Afsaneh will pre draw 2 to 3 different pet portraits before the workshop, and will teach participants
about colour, mixing and techniques in Acrylic medium. By the end of workshop you will paint your
own pet portrait!

Golden Fish for Children age 5 to 14
August 24th from 11am to 1pm
In this workshop Afsaneh will teach children how to paint their own Golden Fish, step-by -step!

Mix Media of Old Pictures for age 18+
September 14th from 11am to 1pm.
This workshop is for intermediate level Artists, as the idea is creating a Mixed Media piece. Please
bring a printed photograph of your own ( it can be any personal picture), and Afsaneh will bring some
simple historical building and nature images for participants to choose from. She will then teach you
how to paste your own pictures on the watercolour paper, and then draw and paint the background
for the pictures. Please note, each participant will be asked to bring old pictures to create a collage.

Register at or call 604.927.PLAY(7529)