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.

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.

Artist-in-Residence Schedule:
Mondays 8:30am-6:30pm
Thursdays or Fridays 1:00pm-3:30pm
Saturdays 9:30am-5:00pm

Artist Open Studio: Mondays 1:00pm-4:00pm

Participate in free 60-min drop-in writing sessions every Saturday:
Ages 8-12, 12:30-1:30pm
Ages 13-17, 2:00-3:00pm
Ages 18+, 3:30-4:30pm

Participate in 2-hour age-based classes, register online at

Sunday, January 20, 2:00-4:00pm (Ages 8-12) Children will be guided to use story-based activities to both highlight the importance of gratitude and to underscore the necessity of forward momentum. (Registration #34376)

Sunday, February 17, 2:00-4:00pm (Ages 13-17) Youth will be guided to seek an understanding of the commonality and normalcy of the feelings associated with many types of loss, thereby promoting skills in healing. (Registration #34377)

Sunday, March 17, 2:00-4:00pm (Ages 18+) Participants will focus on honouring grief and the development of literary skills in relation to the topic by applying lessons on the discipline’s core constructs. (Registration  #34378)

Join the Artist on May Day, Saturday May 11 from 12:00-5:00pm for a free Found Haikus activity. Using old magazines Jennifer will guide children in the process of seeking words and images that come together to create a visually impactful, short poem.

For more information please contact Lesley Perrie at 604.927.8441 or                          

Past Artist in Residence 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.