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. Artists facilitate workshops and programs for the local community as part of their residency, inspiring engagement through the arts.

Application for the 2019 Artist in Residence program opens in October 2018.

Dorothy Doherty is a Vancouver-based, mixed media artist working in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics. Her practice honours the materials with which she works often revealing her process. Among many interests are ecological considerations in particular the ever shrinking wilderness as a result of the growth of cities, and the resulting fallout of these conditions.

Entitled Paper Diaries, Doherty’s three-month artist residency at Leigh Square will focus on the overconsumption of paper in our lives. Using various pieces of paper collected over the years, the artist will produce collages and small paper sculptures informed by the conditions that emerge from the fractured reality and fast pace of modern times, as well as the artist’s acute awarenss of the life choices and decisions made regarding our accumulation of paper products.

The exhibition Field Notes & Paper Diaries: Explorations in Paint and Paper featuring work created as part of the residency together with works from the artist’s collection will open in the Michael Wright Art Gallery at Leigh Square on August 30th at 4:30-7:30 pm.

Throughout September, Doherty will continue to produce work as part of her residency and will add these works to the showcases in The Outlet as part of the exhibition. Field Notes & Paper Diaries: Explorations in Paint and Paper runs until October 29, 2018.

Doherty recieved her art education from Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University) and Capilano University. She holds an MA in History of Art from UVic and a PDP from SFU.

Residency Term: October – December 2018

Artist-in-Residence Schedule:
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 9:30am-5:00pm
Thursdays: 9:30am-3:00pm
Saturdays: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Artist Open Studio:
Wednesdays: 10:00am-1:00pm

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

Past Artist in Residence

Elvira DS is a Mexican born visual artist based in Port Coquitlam. She studied Industrial Design in Mexico City and works in a variety of mediums including painting and installation. Elvira engages processes of collaboration in the making of her distinctly vibrant and energetic works.

For her residency at Leigh Square, Elvira is producing a temporary public art installation called PoCo Pop Tree. PoCo Pop Tree is made entirely of repurposed plastic bottles that the artist has painted, cut and folded to form flowers. The flowers are assembled into three large and colourful trees intended to become a ‘selfie’ spot for residents and visitors of the city. The artwork is installed in the Sculpture Yard at Leigh Square.

PoCo Pop Tree is a “HOT” or “Highly Ornamented Trash” piece, a term devised by the artist. It demonstrates Elvira’s ongoing enchantment with the possibilities presented in discarded objects, and her love of transforming them into a thing of beauty.

The public is invited to join Elvira in the Artist in Residence room and learn to repurpose a plastic bottle into a beautiful flower. Elvira is on site on Wednesdays and Fridays 10am – 6pm until June 29th. Please bring your own plastic bottle.

Residency Term: April -June 2018

Join the Artist in the studio:

Wednesdays and Fridays 10am – 6pm

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