Artist in Residence

The Leigh Square Artist-in-Residence program is a self-directed residency offering artists time and opportunity to create, experiment and develop work, with dedicated studio time and in the context of a creative environment. In exchange for studio space, artists facilitate public workshops and outreach programs for the local community as part of their residency.

The Call for 2020 Artist-in-Residence Proposals will be released in August 2019.

Artist-in-Residence | Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo

Using drawing as a vehicle for storytelling, Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo’s ongoing body of work is a constant revision of historical, cultural and personal experience. Osvaldo is concerned with issues of collective memory, historical trauma and transnational identity within a global context, explored through the possibilities of narrative. His art practice is an intuitive construction of memory as a form of personal myth-making that casts political expressions, voices modes of resistance, and most recently speaks to a process of re-construction and reconciliation.

As a native of El Salvador living in the diaspora, Osvaldo’s drawn imagery merges elements of preColumbian mythology, Salvadoran popular folklore, iconography sourced from Western art history and styles appropriated from contemporary visual culture. The result is the creation of an imaginary space that manifests hybrid imagery rehearsed as personal mythologies in a non-linear fashion. He also focuses his research and art production on the legacy and impact of the Salvadoran Civil War in the 1980s, a time he and his family lived through, and as a result of which, immigrated to Canada. In addition, he is currently interested in the contemporary societal effects of conflict and the subject of violence.

Residency Term: June 3 – August 31, 2019

Location: The Artist in Residence Room is located in the Outlet at Leigh Square, 2248 McAllister Avenue, Port Coquitlam.

Artist-in-Residence Schedule:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:30am-5:00pm
Thursday from 9:30am-3:00pm
Saturday from 12:00-5:00pm

Artist Open Studio: Mondays from 12:00pm-3:00pm

Participate in FREE Print Collage Workshops register online at www.experienceit.ca or call 604-927-7529
Open to Ages: 19+
Workshop #1 (35796) Friday August 9th 1:30 – 4:00pm
Workshop #2 (35797) Thursday August 15th 1:30 – 4:00pm
Workshop #3 (35798) Friday August 16th 1:30 – 4:00pm
Workshop #4 (35799) Friday August 23rd 1:30 – 4:00pm

For more information please contact Lesley Perrie at 604.927.8441 or perriel@portcoquitlam.ca                          

Jennifer Pownall | Re:Birth

During her residency Jennifer Pownall will focus on creating her literary work Re: Birth, a memoir of her six year struggle with infertility. In this detailed chronicle of the complexities of pregnancy loss and reproductive treatments, she will reveal the arduous emotional pilgrimage that accompanied her quest for a child, and the discovery of how both victories and disappointments contributed to a personal journey ultimately embedded in hope. Pownall wrote her first poem at the age of six, and she has been involved in the world of words as an editor, a blogger, and an article writer. She actively pursues opportunities to develop her craft, writes reviews for her local bookstore, and is employed as the Blog Content Manager and Editor of an internationally bestselling author. Pownall is published in and shortlisted for a growing number of local, national, and international electronic and print publications, is a regular reader at literary events, and co-facilitates a writing group. Most recently she had an essay, titled Bairnlorn, appear in the Globe & Mail, placed first in the My City, My Words poetry contest, and wrote and handcrafted two board books for her son.

Residency Term: January 7 – April 30, 2019

Location: The Artist in Residence Room is located in the Outlet at Leigh Square, 2248 McAllister Avenue, Port Coquitlam.

For more information please contact Lesley Perrie at 604.927.8441 or perriel@portcoquitlam.ca