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Over 50 artists creating in 13 parks citywide

Evolving from a pilot project in 2011, the Vancouver Park Board artist studio residencies program now includes over 50 artists (solo or part of collectives) that work out of field houses, park facilities, marinas, and community centres.

The program provides free work-only studios for artists in exchange for community arts-based engagement.

Discover the artists-in-residence and their projects below.

Art: a catalyst for building vibrant, engaged communities

With free studio space in exchange for community arts-based engagement, artists can:

  • Pursue their current art making directions and try new things without the constraints of studio cost
  • Engage, provoke, and grow participation in the arts through imaginative social encounters with the community
  • Connect with other artists who also work in this field of practice to grow this form of participatory arts-engagement 

2015 – 2017 residency artists and projects

chART: Public Art Marpole at Oak Park Fieldhouse

chART Public Art MarpolechART: Public Art Marpole is a long-term research partnership between the community of Marpole and Dr. Cameron Cartiere of Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

chART aims to support public art and community engagement through creativity and innovation.

Their project focuses on the sustainable cultural, environmental, social, and economic impact of public art within a community.

Location

900 West 59th Avenue

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Dance Troupe Practice at Pandora Park Fieldhouse

Dance Troupe PracticeDance Troupe Practice is a movement based performance collective, creating work that combines dance, voice, video, and installation.

Committed to a deep exploration of the moving body and creative collaboration, they look forward to connecting community needs and interests to their own practices, to explore the connections between dance and everyday life in unexpected places.

The collective is sharing the fieldhouse with a Vancouver Biennale artist-in-residence during 2015 – 2016.

Location

2325 Franklin Street (Pandora Park Fieldhouse)

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Instant Coffee at Second Beach Fieldhouse

Instant CoffeeInstant Coffee (IC) is a service-oriented collective of artists, curators, and designers based in Vancouver and Toronto.

Their installations, slogans, and branding campaigns invite social gathering and exchange through events, workshops, and informal gatherings.

With a self-aware sense of fun (note their slogan: “Instant Coffee: it doesn't have to be good to be meaningful”), IC plays on their real world namesake, fake coffee, while promoting their utopian belief in inclusiveness.

The collective is sharing the fieldhouse with a Vancouver Biennale artist-in-residence during 2015 – 2016.

Location

Stanley Park Drive

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Iris Film Collective at Falaise Park Fieldhouse

Iris Film CollectiveMedia artists in Iris Film Collective create, screen, and exhibit film-based artworks, seeking to increase the visibility and accessibility of experimental media arts.

Their key interest is in working in community with celluloid film, at a time when this medium is shifting from an industrial model to an artisanal one.'

Iris will host regular screenings of filmwork by local, national, and international artists, as well as offer hands-on workshops and projects for community members of all ages.

Location

3434 Falaise Avenue

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Lexie Owen at Burrard View Park Fieldhouse

Lexie OwenLexie Owen explores the ways new understandings form when different systems of understanding collide.

From back alley walking tours with botanists to community sewing circles stitching maps and text, Owen investigates by making objects, forming societies, and intervening in public space.

Projects like the Collaborative Embroidery Society will serve as a jumping-off point for community engagement.

Owen is sharing the fieldhouse with a Vancouver Biennale artist-in-residence during 2015 – 2016.

Location

650 North Penticton Street

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Mr. Fire-Man at Maclean Park Fieldhouse

David GowmanMr. Fire-Man (artist David Gowman) invites community to explore the craft of building musical instruments from local wood.

All-ages workshops, gatherings, and events will include:

  • Tool-making
  • Sustainably harvest local wood from Cottonwood Garden
  • Wood-curing
  • Horn-making
  • Playing and musical improvisation, with assistance from the Legion of Flying Monkeys Horn Orchestra

Location

710 Keefer Street

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Publik Secrets at Hadden Park Fieldhouse

Publik SecretsLed by George Rahi and Robyn Jacob, Publik Secrets is a team of musicians, fabricators, and visual artists who re-imagines public spaces as participatory gathering places.

The team works to spark wonder and play through multi-disciplinary, community-driven arts projects and events, with a focus on participation and re-uniting art with the daily life of the community.

Location

1015 Maple Street

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The Vancouver B Movie Factory at Moberly Park Fieldhouse

The Vancouver B Movie FactoryLed by film producer Jimi Stewart, The Vancouver B Movie Factory works in communities to co-create imaginative social encounters that foster participation in the film and television arts.

The Vancouver B Movie Factory looks forward to creating community-based films in the studio and the surrounding park, bringing participants movie making dreams to life.

Location

7646 Prince Albert Street

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Vancouver Society of Storytelling (VSOS) at Slocan Park Fieldhouse

Vancouver Society of StorytellingVSOS has a strong history of community engagement, bringing diverse groups of people together through the power of stories, from folktales and fables to personal narratives.

Over their 20+ year history they have worked with First Nations communities, schools, seniors groups, environmental organizations, and others to seek out and celebrate story exchange.

VSOS preserves the ancient art of oral storytelling while embracing opportunities to reach new audiences through community engagement.

Location

2750 East 29th Avenue

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Extended residency artists and projects

The Bird Project at Queen Elizabeth Park Fieldhouse

The Bird ProjectArtists Geneviève Raiche-Savoie and Jesse Garbe of The Bird Project continue to produce socially-engaged art that raises awareness about issues concerning local and migratory birds as part of the City of Vancouver’s Bird Friendly Strategy.

Join The Bird Project in a number of activities, including guided walks through local neighborhoods that focus on birds and their habitats.

Visit The Bird Project blog 

Location

4600 Cambie Street

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Cloudscape Comics Collective at Memorial South Park Fieldhouse

Cloudscape Comics Collective Cloudscape Comics Collective, a diverse collective of over 60 members, takes advantage of Kensington's cultural diversity to promote cultural cross-pollination with sharing stories.

Stories created in workshops are incorporated in the community comics library.

Stay updated on comic-sharing, online challenges, and weekly drawing contests on Cloudscape's blog.

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Location

5955 Ross Street

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Contemporary Art Gallery partnership at Burrard Marina Fieldhouse

Contemporary Art Gallery partnershipThe Contemporary Art Gallery partnership opens up opportunities for community to work with local and international artists whose practices move beyond conventional exhibition-making.

Visit the CAG fieldhouse blog 

Location

1655 Whyte Avenue

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Germaine Koh at Elm Park Fieldhouse

Germaine KohGermaine Koh uses the fieldhouse both as a studio and as the home base for the community-based project League.

League hosts weekly gatherings for people who come together to play sports and games they invented. It's problem-solving as play.

Find out about events and workshops on Germaine Koh's blog.

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Location

5800 Elm Street

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Loco Moto Art Collective at Aberthau

Loco Moto Art CollectiveThe Loco Moto Art collective has been developing unique indoor and outdoor arts experiences, creating with community:

  • Large-scale digital mosaics
  • Video and sound installations
  • Collage boxes
  • Digital storytelling
  • Real-time computer graphics displays
  • Live multimedia performances

Read posts, find out about events and workshops, and more on Loco Moto's blog.

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Location

4397 West 2nd Avenue

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ten fifteen maple at Hadden Park Fieldhouse

Ten Fifteen MapleThe collective of Rebecca Bayer, Justine A Chambers, Josh Hite, Billy Marchenski, and Kristen Roos collaborates with the community on works investigating psychogeographical relationships between local histories and forms of mapping through:

  • Sound
  • Collective recordings
  • Temporary installations
  • Performances
  • Screenings
  • Workshops
  • Conversations
  • Dinners

Visit the ten fifteen maple blog 

Location

1015 Maple Street

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Past residency artists and projects

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Contact a community arts programmer about the studio residencies

Cyndy Chwelos
cyndy.chwelos@vancouver.ca

Danita Noyes
danita.noyes@vancouver.ca

Lorrie Wager
lorrie.wager@vancouver.ca

How to apply

The deadline for the 2015 – 2017 intake has passed, but you can still review how to apply for next time.

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Last modified: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:40:26

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