City Summer Artist in Residence Program expands

Artists adapt to unique COVID-19 circumstances

The City of Fredericton’s Summer Artist in Residence Program returns to Odell Park for a second year and has expanded to include the Fredericton Botanic Garden, beginning July 6 through August 28.

Fourteen artists are set to spend up to two weeks ‘in residence’ throughout the park and the garden creating new works and demonstrating their techniques. The public is invited to interact with the artists to learn about their work while maintaining appropriate distancing guidelines.

“Many organizations and businesses have had to adapt to new public safety guidelines over the past three months due to the pandemic, and this program is no exception,” said Angela Watson, Cultural Development Officer for the City. “This year’s artists have been challenged to create their works solely outdoors, without relying on a traditional studio space. What seemed like a challenge actually has the added benefit of creating a more immersive residency experience for the artist and park and garden users.”

An exciting new component of this year’s program includes an online presence. Anyone with internet access can follow the artists on social media, view daily updates, and learn about the creative process and artists’ techniques. Followers may also be able to take in a lesson or have questions answered during live artist talks. The online feature allows the artistic experience to be shared more widely, while ensuring the program can proceed regardless of potential changes to the public safety guidelines throughout the summer.

Visitors to Odell Park and the Fredericton Botanic Garden, as well as followers on social media will see a range of traditional and innovative artistic practices including fibre and textile arts, photography, weaving, writing, music, movement, painting, as well as digital painting.

Below is a list of the artists and the dates of their residencies.

Odell Park

  • Fibre Arts Network (Caroline Simpson, Darcy Hunter, Jacqueline Bourque, Jasmine Cull, Karen Leblanc, Renata Britez) July 6 - 17 Odell Park
  • Kirsten Stackhouse July 20 - 24 (and July 27 - 31 Fredericton Botanic Garden)
  • Ralph Simpson July 27 - 31
  • Emily Kennedy August 3 - 14
  • Sasha French August 17 - 28

Fredericton Botanic Garden

  • Cat Candow July 6 - 17
  • Riel Nason July 20 - 24
  • Kirsten Stackhouse July 27 - 31
  • Sarah Sarty August 3 - 14
  • Tracey Dutt August 17 - 28

For more information, including artist profiles and social media links visit: Fredericton.ca/ArtistInResidence. Everyone is encouraged to follow the artists on their various social media channels for more content and daily postings.