Mentorship Program Participants for 2024-25 🌱

ArtsLink NB is excited to announce our participating mentors and mentees for our 2024-25 Mentorship Program!

The selected mentees in 2024-25 are Zack Ingles, Leone Pippard, Sebastian Fleet, Robin Bradshaw, Micheal Wood, Ramneet Kalra, Dan Smeby, Alison Taylor, Dee Olinglass, and Thu Ho.

The mentors that will be working with them are Peter Rowan, Stephen Hutchings, Joel Miller, Heather McCaig, Sheila Watters, Kelly Baker, Maggie Higgins, Amy Stewart, Suzanne Babineau, and Catherine Arseneault.


Mentorship Program Expansion 🤝

ArtsLink NB is once again accepting applications for the second iteration of our mentorship program. Artists of all disciplines who live in Atlantic Canada face the unique challenge of pursuing their practice from a marginalized area of the country. Building networks through lifelong engagement in peer-to-peer and mentor-to-mentee discourse is vital to pursuing a career for any arts professional, but the need is especially high in New Brunswick. 

In response to this, ArtsLink NB runs an intensive 12-month mentorship that connects artists who wish to share their professional experience and guidance with other artists.

Connexion Exchange Artist Talk. Emily Kennedy and Lou Sheppard. Friday, October 28, 2022. 7pm via Zoom.

Connexion Exchange Artist Talk: Emily Kennedy and Lou Sheppard 🎤

October 28, 2022 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Join us on Friday, October 28, 2022, at 7pm for our next Connexion Exchange artist talk! This is the 7th of 9 artist talks featuring mentees and their mentors from the Connexion Exchange mentorship program. Enjoy an hour long presentation and Q&A with Emily Kennedy + Lou Sheppard, answering questions about their artist talk, discussing their studio practice and chatting all about their 3-month mentorship.

Connexion Exchange Artist Talk. Emily Kennedy and Lou Sheppard. Friday, October 28, 2022. 7pm via Zoom.

Emily Kennedy is a cellist and composer based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Often seen collaborating with electronic musicians, dancers, visual artists, and songwriting projects, her personal practice is an opportunity to synthesize her classical training with her interests in improvisation, minimalism, field recordings, and pop music. She mulls over translation, repetition, self reflection, and time in her work, using loop and effect pedals to expand the possibilities of her instrument.

She is a graduate of the performance program at the University of Ottawa and Wilfrid Laurier University. Her interest in performing and writing new music has brought her to Banff’s Concert in the 21st Century residency, the Britten-Pears: CAPPA program in Aldeburgh, UK, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, RE:FLUX Festival in Moncton, NB with improv trio Terre Wa, and suddenlyLISTEN in Halifax, NS. She frequently performs with the Elm City String Quartet, and writes and sings for the duo Pallmer.

Lou Sheppard works in interdisciplinary audio, performance and installation based practice. His work is often responsive, investigating the material and discursive contexts of a site and how and their affect on bodies and environments. His research is often evidenced through graphic notations, scripts and scores which are then performed in collaboration with other artists and in community gatherings. Lou’s recent projects include Phase Variations, an exploration of queer archives, The Exquisite Corpse, a meditation on post human worlding, and I Want To Be a Seashell…, responding to the Dalhousie Arts Centre with collaborator Will Robinson. Lou’s exhibition Rights of Passage will open this September 2022 at the Art Gallery of York University.

Lou has presented work and participated in residencies across Canada, in the US and Europe, including at the International Studio Curatorial Program in New York, and La Cité des Arts in Paris, and as faculty at The Banff Centre in Banff, AB. Lou has been long listed for the Sobey Award in 2018, 2020 and 2021, and was the recipient of the Emerging Atlantic Artist Award in 2017. He has participated in the Toronto Biennial, the Antarctic Biennial, and is currently completing a public art commission for the Broadway Subway Project in Vancouver, BC.

Of Irish, English and Scottish descent Lou is a settler on the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq in Mi’kma’ki/Nova Scotia.