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 | 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.

Artist-in-Residence | Jessica Anne Nelson

Port Coquitlam’s Fall 2019 Artist-in-Residence, Jessica Anne Nelson.

Jessica is an award-winning theatre director, creator, and producer, with a BA (honours) in Theatre and an MFA in Directing from the University of British Columbia. During her residency, she will focus on writing and assembling a script focused on ‘what it means to be WOMXN: an exploration of how womxn find their way in society, and discover in life what it means to be a womxn for them’. Jessica will explore the theme of womxnhood in two ways. First, she will undertake an in-depth examination of her grandmother’s life growing up in East Vancouver during the 1940s and 50s with her mother and sister. Second, she will explore stories and perspectives shared by individuals who identify as a womxn (not limited to cis-gendered ‘women’). Her intention is to be as inclusive as possible, inviting individuals who identify as womxn but who may have been pushed out of conversations around womxnhood before, to speak about how they have learned to be womxn and share some of their early, formative experiences.

womxn [woom-uhn] noun, plural wom·xn [wim-in] a woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women)

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