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 | Jessica Anne Nelson

Come meet Port Coquitlam’s new Artist in Residence, Jessica Anne Nelson. Jessica will be working in at The Outlet in Leigh Square from September to the end of December 2019. You are invited to drop by to meet the artist during her open studio hours on Wednesdays from 10 am – 1 pm.

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)

As part of her residency, Jessica will be offering a number of free community workshops. To participate in the free community workshops listed below, please register online at or call 604-927-7529.

Introduction to Stage Acting (Activity #37488) Saturday, November 16 from 10 AM – 5 PM Have you always wanted to step onto the stage and into the spotlight? In this introductory class, participants will be shown breathing and body movement excercises, how to break down a scene or monologue, how to warm up, and how to present a story on stage.

Introduction to Physical Theatre using VIEWPOINTS (Activity #37486) Saturday, Nov 30 & Sunday, Dec 1 from 11 AM – 4 PM This workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about how theatre can be created using our bodies rather than just our words. Participants will explore each of the 9 VIEWPOINTS of theatre creation, and have the opportunity to create a short theatre scene or performance sequence together.

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

Participate in FREE Print Collage Workshops register online at 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 6:00 – 8:30pm
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                          


Lesley Perrie 
Arts & Culture Program Assistant
Tel 604.927.8442