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Cross Cultural Creation Residency

Three Anglophone artists
Three Francophone artists
Three Indigenous artists
One jury’s choice

Cross Cultural Creation Residency
ArtsLink NB, L’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB), and Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collective are once again collaborating for a cross-cultural residency: their biggest collaboration to date. The organizations are launching a call for 10 artists from the province’s three largest cultural groups: Anglophone, Francophone and Indigenous artists.* The 10 day residency will take place at Kouchibouguac National Park, and artists will have the opportunity to work on a personal project while being surrounded by the creative energies of 9 other artists. The experience of being in a new community and creating with people who have different artistic disciplines can help cross linguistic and cultural barriers and build lasting relationships with other cultures.

*The Indigenous artist participation is contingent upon availability of funding from Mawi’Art.

Residency Information
This year’s Cross Cultural Creation residency will be a lo-fi residency; a return to the simplest forms of creation. The residency will focus on the essentials, elimination all potential distractions by limiting the use of screens and other technologies, to focus entirely on the process of creation.

Location
Kouchibouguac National Park will allow artists to create within a natural environment representative of the Maritime Plain region. The selected artists will be staying in the park’s oTENTik accommodations, which offer a cross between a tent and an A-frame cabin, making them ideal for campers looking for a little luxury in the great outdoors. This means artists will get the full camping experience while still having all the resources and amenities needed for their comfort.

RESIDENCY GOALS:

To encourage artistic exploration and the creation of new works, by creating in healthy, artistically conducive conditions
To contribute to the increasing artistic quality of works
To facilitate collaboration and the sharing of expertise
To create significant cultural bridges between the different communities in the province
To facilitate meetings between the artists and the public and help the public better understand the creation process.

Depending on public health guidelines at the time of the residency, the works that are created could be presented publicly upon completion. The artists will be given complete artistic freedom, but they will be asked to open their studio space to allow the community to learn about their creative processes.

THE SELECTED ARTISTS WILL BE EXPECTED TO:
Provide their own art supplies
Interact with the other participating artists
Publicly present their creations at the end of the residence in an exhibition. (Contingent upon public health guidelines re COVID-19)
Submit a final report to ArtsLink NB, l’AAAPNB, and Mawi’Art within 30 days of the end of the residency.
Be available for the entirety of the residence, from May 31 to June 9, 2021.

WHO CAN APPLY?
1. All professional artists are invited to apply for the residency, both emerging and established.
(For more information on eligibility, see artsnb’s definition of a professional artist: https://artsnb.ca/web/grants/eligibility/ )
2. The residency is open to Anglophone artists who are members of ArtsLink NB, Francophone artists who are members of l’AAAPNB, and Indigenous artists who are members of Mawi’Art.

HOW DO I APPLY?
1. Artists should fill out the Google Form ( English and French ) in full, including a detailed project description (minimum 500 words).
3. Artists should attach their artist statement and artist cv to the Google Form.
4. Artists must be available for the full residency period, from May 31 to June 9, 2021.

SELECTION CRITERIA
The applications will be evaluated by a peer jury. The main things that the jury will look for are:
The relevance and feasibility of the proposed project, given the location and technical capabilities of the residency
The project’s originality and creativity.
The potential impact of the project on the artist’s career

SCHEDULE
Application deadline: Feb 26, 2021
Candidates will have a response by March 25, 2021.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE RESIDENCY
An $1,100 stipend
Reimbursement for travel costs, from the artist’s residence to the residency location (over 50 km)
Lodging in an oTENTik (the creation space will be within the oTENTik as well as outside the oTENTik, under a covered platform)
A per-diem for food and other expenses.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jeri Knopp – Programming Director
ArtsLink NB
89 Canterbury St., Suite 407, Saint John, NB, E2L 2C7
jeri@artslinknb.com
(506) 647-6201
www.artslinknb.com

Annik Landry – Head of Artist Services
Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick
140 rue Botsford, bureau 29, Moncton, NB, E1C 4X5
annik.landry@aaapnb.ca
506-852-3313 poste 226
www.aaapnb.ca

Shawn Dalton – Executive Director (Acting)

Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collecitve
130 Paul St. Fredericton NB, E3A 2V8
director@mawiart.org
506.449.1395

This project is a collaborative partnership between ArtsLink NB, l’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau Brunswick and Mawi’art with the collaboration of Kouchibouguac National Park and is made possible thanks to the Government of New Brunswick and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Appendix 1 – Kouchibouguac National Park, oTENTik Accommodations

The oTENTik accommodations are equipped with one table, four chairs, a bench, enough bunk beds to accommodate six people, enough dishes for four people (plus dish cloths and soap for cleaning), a broom, a battery powered lamp, a propane heater and a carbon monoxide detector. Outside, there is a parking space, a picnic table, two lounge chairs, a fire pit, and a propane barbecue.

Next to the site, there are showers, washrooms, and laundry in one building, and a public telephone.

Rules:
Smoking inside the oTENTik is prohibited.
There are no animals allowed inside.
For safety reasons, cooking inside the oTENTik is not allowed. You can use your BBQ, which is located outside the oTENTik and is covered by a tarp. To wash the dishes, industrial-sized sinks (with hot water) are located outside each washroom facility.
The oTENTik must be cleaned before your departure.
The rules that apply to other camp sites also apply to patrons of the oTENTik accommodations.
Coolers (and other food) must be stored inside your vehicles in order to keep wildlife away.


Cross-Cultural Creation Residency

A francophone artist

An anglophone Artist

An indigenous artist

The Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB), ArtsLink NB and Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collective, join forces again for the second Cross-cultural creation residency. A community residency between an Acadian artist, an anglophone artist, and an indigenous artist in New Brunswick. 

This year’s program is slightly altered due to the pandemic, and will comprise of a two week-long residency at the Saint John Arts Centre. Through this residency, artists will have the opportunity to create new work while immersing themselves in the artistic process of fellow artists. 

The experience of being in another community and creating with people of different artistic backgrounds allows one to go beyond language barriers and discover different cultural environments. Recognizing current debates surrounding cultural and language tensions in New Brunswick, this initiative demonstrates that it is possible to grow by combining strengths rather than advocating division. Art in itself is a means of expression and cohesion and makes it possible to break down the boundaries that all too often isolate us.

Meet the artists: 

Francine Francis is a Mi’kmaq visual artist from Metepenagiag First Nation, New Brunswick.  Influenced by the land, the wild animals and pride in her Mi’kmaq culture, she continues to integrate the double-curve, porcupine quill design motifs along with Mi’kmaq language, petroglyphs and hieroglyphs in her work. Her work is in permanent collections at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, The New Brunswick Art Bank, Fredericton, New Brunswick  Museum in Saint John, NB., The Province of Saskatchewan, Regina, the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, Amherst, Nova Scotia, The Toronto Dominion Bank in Fredericton, The Metepenagiag Heritage Park and the New Brunswick Community College in Miramichi.


Dan Smeby is a celluloid based filmmaker and visual artist from Newcastle, New Brunswick. Graduating from Concordia University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Smeby has most recently held residencies at Nyege Nyege in Kampala, Uganda and Juke Studios in Kuwait City, Kuwait completing several collaborative film projects.

Dan is thrilled to now take part in his first residency project in his home province alongside Francophone and Mi’kmaq artists as part of the Cross-cultural residency at the Saint John Arts Centre. During the residency he will bend the confines of the conventional, with a time based mixed media installation.

Smeby will develop by hand 16mm black and white film via organic processing techniques, planning to adhere the physical film to plexiglass. Smart LED lights will be mounted to the other side of the plexiglass offering a plethora of adjustable color schemes, programmed to sync with a local sound composition.


David Champagne is a photographer who lives and works in Maisonnette (NB), Canada. Working mostly in the field of documentary photography, he is fascinated by the human being, his behaviors and his lifestyles. He uses photography in a sociological way, as testimony of a contemporary time. His work explores notions of territory and how man alters and modifies its immediate environment. He also works with photomontage, where he diverts and transforms photographs from his documentaries, to deliver images with surreal, humourous and whistleblower content.

Over the years he has collaborated with several magazines and newspapers, and also NGOs, as many locals as internationals. In 2013, he published “L’ostie de printemps”, the first self-published photographic essay on the social crisis that marked Quebec’s province in spring 2012. In 2015, he obtained a grant from the Quebec Arts Council and the TV5 Fund, with which it has co-directed the documentary web series Seasonal Life. In 2018, he received his first grant from the New Brunswick Arts Board as well as from the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture.


OBJECTIVES OF THE RESIDENCE

  • To encourage the artistic exploration and the production of new works by providing space and time
  • To contribute to increasing the artistic quality of the work
  • To favour the collaboration and the sharing of expertise and experiences
  • To create significant cultural bridges of different cultural communities in the province.
  • To provoke encounters between artists and the public and to help raise awareness of the creative process.

The work in progress must be presented publicly at the end of each week. The artists will have complete freedom of creation, but will be called upon to open their creation space to allow the community to discover their work through open-studio visits. 

THE SELECTED ARTISTS UNDERTAKE TO :

  1. Provide their own working materials
  2. Interacting with the participating artists 
  3. Present publicly the work in progress at the end of each week in the form of an exchange with the public.
  4. Submit a final report to the AAAPNB, ArtsLink and Mawi’Art 30 days after the end of the residency. 

This project is a collaboration between ArtsLink NB, the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick and Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collective and is made possible thanks to the support of the government of New Brunswick.


Cross-Cultural Creation Residency

The Acadian Association of Professional Artists of New Brunswick (AAAPNB), ArtsLink and Mawi’art are teaming up to create a cross-cultural residency between an Acadian artist, an Anglophone artist, and an Indigenous artist. Through this residency, artists will have the opportunity to create new work while immersing themselves in the artistic process of fellow artists. The experience of being in another community and creating with people of different artistic backgrounds allows one to go beyond language barriers and discover different cultural environments. Recognizing current debates surrounding cultural and language tensions in New Brunswick, this initiative demonstrates that it is possible to grow by combining strengths rather than advocating division. Art in itself is a means of expression and cohesion and makes it possible to break down the boundaries that all too often isolate us.

This program is supported by:

The Government of New Brunswick, ArtsLink NB, Association Acadienne des Artistes Professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick, Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation, Mawi’art: Wabanaki Artist Collective, the Saint John Arts Centre and the Metepenagiag Heritage Park.