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.

Artist-in-Residence | Cherry Lu

Meet Port Coquitlam’s new Artist in Residence in Lions Park, Cherry Lu. Cherry (Wen Wen)  is a multimedia artist interested in exploring the hidden, the small, and the forgotten through installation, illustration and animation. Her work has been shown at the Richmond Nature Park, WINDOW Gallery, Centre A, Concourse Art Gallery, Jericho Beach, New Westminster Museum and Gallery, Access Gallery, and Burnaby Art Gallery.

Through her residency, Cherry invites Port Coquitlam residents to explore the beauty in a ray of sunshine, a gentle breeze or the rhythmic sounds and patterns of the rain. Inspired by the setting of Lions Park, Cherry will create immersive art installations in the park that weave together individual reflections and stories related to the sun, rain and wind.

For more information about Cherry’s residency in Lions Park, visit lionsparkresidency.weebly.com

WORKSHOPS

You are invited to meet Cherry in person and take part in a free, drop in workshop on the following Saturday and Monday afternoons from 1 – 3 pm:

July 4, 6, 11: Sun

Play with reflections and mirrors with the sun

July 13, 18, 20: Rain

Explore distortions and glass with rain or water

July 25, 27, & August 1: Wind

Feel the curves of the wind with sheer fabric​

If you are unable to or uncomfortable with joining us in person, you can also participate online. Workshop instructions will be posted during the dates above on Cherry’s residency website (lionsparkresidency.weebly.com)

WEEKLY: FIND ME GAME

Each week, Cherry is hiding a small sculpture in the park for visitors to find. Join in the “Find Me” game by grabbing your camera or phone and looking for the hidden sculpture. Click here (https://lionsparkresidency.weebly.com/findme.html) to see the current hidden sculpture and photos from past seekers.

AUGUST 24-31: INSTALLATION

Take a walk through Lions Park and discover new temporary art installations created by Artist in Residence Cherry Lu. The installations are inspired by the natural settings of Lions Park and made from art pieces created by community members in workshops during July 4th to August 1st. The installations feature mirror pieces from the Sun Workshops, glass pieces from the Rain Workshops and fabric pieces from the Wind Workshops. Be sure to drop by more than once as new installments will appear throughout the week.

For more information about Cherry and her art practice, please visit: wenwenart.com

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The Leigh Square Artist-in-Residence program is a self-directed residency offering artists the opportunity to research, develop and produce new or ongoing bodies of work, with dedicated studio time. The Artist-in-Residence program offers opportunities for artists to work in the community, to develop arts-based engagement activities and to deliver creative projects that generate meaningful connections. The program sees artists work collaboratively with community members (who may or may not see themselves as creative) in initiatives where the participants take a central role as creators, producers and performers or as active audiences for the project. With a goal of contributing to the growing vibrancy of our neighbourhoods, the Artist-in-Residence program seeks to inspire participation and relationship-building where art (the process of creating together) acts as a catalyst for individual and community engagement. Residencies are for artists or artist collectives working in the visual, performance, literary, and musical arts.

The Artist in Residence studio is located in The Outlet at 2248 McAllister Avenue, Port Coquitlam.

Artist-in-Residence | Meghan Jackson

Come meet Port Coquitlam’s new Artist in Residence, Meghan Jackson. Meghan will be working in at The Outlet in Leigh Square from February to the end of June 2020. You are invited to drop by to meet the artist during her open studio hours on Saturdays 12pm to 4pm.

Meghan Jackson is a visual artist with a BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. During her residency, Meghan will work to develop an aggregator known as art.bot; an aggregator is a website or program that collects related items of content and displays or links to them. This platform will act as a virtual cultural centre. The intention for art.bot is to bring together and engage artists and patrons of the arts. art.bot will be a signal to supporters on where to go, what to see and how to buy and sell works. Through her residency Meghan will work to make art more accessible for the people of Port Coquitlam. As a local artist working and living in Coquitlam, Meghan is particularly aware of the current barriers to the art world; lack of space for production, the upfront cost of production, and buying of art.

How does it work?
art.bot sifts through data on the internet for certain predetermined key words to display images in one place for simplicity.

Plagiarism
There’s a common misconception about aggregators that they are plagiarising the content displayed. The content on art.bot gives credit to the author of the content and displays it all in one place for the convenience of the user.

How can I contribute to art.bot?
Submit your work as a jpeg in no least than 72dpi with a file size no larger than 20MB. If the image fits the terms of the aggregator than you will see it show up on the feed.

Personal data disclaimer
The knowledge gained from the aggregator isn’t sold to the sources and stays within the aggregator to make it better.

If you are interested in being part of the art.bot community visit the artist during the open studio hours Saturdays 12pm to 4pm in the residency studio at the Outlet or visit artbot.ca.  For more inforamtion please contact the artist through her personal website at https://meghanrjackson.format.com

The Leigh Square Artist-in-Residence program is a self-directed residency offering artists the opportunity to research, develop and produce new or ongoing bodies of work, with dedicated studio time. The Artist-in-Residence program offers opportunities for artists to work in the community, to develop arts-based engagement activities and to deliver creative projects that generate meaningful connections. The program sees artists work collaboratively with community members (who may or may not see themselves as creative) in initiatives where the participants take a central role as creators, producers and performers or as active audiences for the project. With a goal of contributing to the growing vibrancy of our neighbourhoods, the Artist-in-Residence program seeks to inspire participation and relationship-building where art (the process of creating together) acts as a catalyst for individual and community engagement. Residencies are for artists or artist collectives working in the visual, performance, literary, and musical arts.

The Artist in Residence studio is located in The Outlet at 2248 McAllister Avenue, Port Coquitlam.

Contact

Lesley Perrie 
Arts & Culture Program Assistant
Tel 604.927.8442
Email perriel@portcoquitlam.ca