2022 Summer Artist in Residence Program

The fourth annual City of Fredericton Summer Artist-in-Residence program will take place this summer in two locations - the Fredericton Botanic Garden at Odell Park, and Killarney Lake Park.  Local artists are invited to submit a proposal for a two-week residency in either location.

The program provides a unique opportunity for artists to work on creative projects in the natural surroundings of a wooded recreational park on the northside or in the community-run botanic garden on the southside (open and free to the public).  An exhibit of works produced during the residencies will be held in the fall.

Measures to comply with Provincial public safety protocols will be in effect again this summer.  This means that artists will be located outside in the park or gardens, rather than inside a building. Artists may select a location which suits their work and will be provided with portable lawn signs which will indicate that they are the ‘artist in residence’.  Park and garden visitors are encouraged to interact with artists while maintaining existing physical distancing requirements.

Additionally, artists are required to engage with park and garden users while safely distanced and the broader community through online activities. Artists will be active on social media with brief daily updates on their residency as well as occasional more in-depth interactions such as a demo, artist talk, workshop.

Less than a 10-minute drive from the city centre, Killarney Lake Park has more than 645 hectares and over 30 km of multi-use trails in addition to open recreational areas, a swimming beach, playground and the Killarney Lake Rotary Centennial Lodge.  The park features natural landscapes and Acadian forest with a significant hemlock ridge running through the north east section of the park.

The Fredericton Botanic Garden is linked to Odell Park and covers 21 hectares of mixed forests, fields, and garden beds. Among the Garden attractions are magnolias, rhododendrons, peonies, lilacs and the Pollinator and NB Literature gardens. Artists are encouraged to explore and engage with the park and park users.

Residencies are available during July or August and includes a stipend of $500 per week. This residency is open to all artists working in any medium. Artists are asked to include a description of the online/social media community engagement activities they plan to deliver. Special consideration will be given to how an artist can make the best use of the unique forest and garden settings.

The artist is expected to be in residence during the day, Monday to Friday.  Artists may also consult with members of the Botanic Garden and or a City forester (subject to advance notice and availability) to gain knowledge about the natural surroundings which can be incorporated into their residency work.

Amenities available include:

Killarney Lake Park:

  • Outdoor workable available including a covered wrap-around porch with tables and chairs, and a gazebo behind the lodge
  • Access to electricity, water, and Wifi around the outside perimeter of the Lodge
  • Indoor space for overnight storage of materials
  • Public washroom access

For more information about Killarney Lake Park: https://www.fredericton.ca/en/recreation/parks-and-playgrounds

Fredericton Botanic Garden:

  • Outdoor (unsheltered) workable patio space
  • Shelter available includes small shed with possibility of public interaction
  • Electricity, water, Wifi, washroom
  • Tables & chairs available
  • Indoor space for overnight storage of materials

For more information about the Fredericton Botanic Garden: https://www.frederictonbotanicgarden.com/

Artists may apply by submitting the following:

  • Resume and short bio including complete contact information, mailing address and social media links
  • Statement of interest (500-700 words), including a description of work to be carried out during the residency and what your perspective will bring to the program
  • Description of online/social media community engagement activities be offered during the residency
  • 10-15 images or 1-2 videos of current artwork
  • Indicate availability during July or August and preference for dates (two-week period)
  • Indicate if there is a preference for the Fredericton Botanic Garden or Killarney Lake Park (or either)

Deadline:  March 4, 2022. Artists will be notified in March/April.

Submissions can be sent by email:  culture@fredericton.ca

Or dropped off at Recreation, Culture & Community Development

Attn: Cultural Development Officer

Summer Artist in Residence Program

371 Queen Street, Suite 1 (entrance at back of building)

Information: culture@fredericton.ca / (506) 471-3378