More than 20 local artists have been selected to participate in the latest round of Vancouver Park Board’s artist studio residencies.
The Park Board will provide four new artist groups with studio space in parks and facilities where artists can develop their work, engage residents, and increase participation in the arts.
The studio spaces were made available to artists and artist collectives at no charge through a public call for proposals.
The new projects will offer community arts-based engagement at the following locations:
The Bird Project at Queen Elizabeth Park
Artists Geneviève Raiche-Savoie and Jesse Garbe will be producing socially engaged art that raises awareness about issues concerning local and migratory birds. The artists will engage the community with workshops and guided walks. Their work will inform public education efforts of the City of Vancouver and Park Board’s Bird Friendly Strategy. The artists will be working out of various park locations, with a base studio workshop across from the Pitch and Putt at Queen Elizabeth Park.
Loco Moto Art Collective at Aberthau Mansion and West Point Grey Community Centre (North Studio)
The collective will develop unique indoor and outdoor arts experiences across the community centre grounds, including:
Re-Invent Project at Moberly Park
Social artist and painter Melanie Schambach will be exploring participatory art processes with local community, businesses, and service providers. She will create new narratives of belonging, inclusion, and health by creating a series of participatory paintings, weavings, and stories on communal physical spaces.
Sassafras Project at Aberthau Mansion and West Point Grey Community Centre (South Studio)
The Sassafras Project is an interdisciplinary collective of working artist-teachers with an interest in performance, body work, and media. They will be hosting demos, film screenings, dinners, and discussions as part of their collaborative arts practice.
These four new 2013 park residency projects will build on the momentum of the nine existing projects that started in 2012.
Local artists, many working as collectives, will continue their community engaged art practices until 2015. Artists will create a variety of opportunities for residents to experience, explore, and participate in the arts at parks and community centres throughout Vancouver neighbourhoods.
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