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Closing March 18 Until Further Notice

Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 all City of Burnaby public facilities will be closed until further notice. View list

Refunds will be provided to anyone who has registered for programs affected by the closure of these facilities.

City Hall will remain open, and all other City functions and services will remain operational, including RCMP main detachment and local fire halls.

Now Accepting Applications

The 2020 AIR Application period is open from March 1-April 15, 2020.

Artist in Residence

The Shadbolt Centre Artist-in-Residence Program provides opportunities for professional artists with a minimum of 5 years’ experience from all artistic mediums to work on both individual creative projects and to contribute to the development of their artistic discipline in the community.

Artist-in-Residence participants receive contributions on behalf of the Shadbolt Centre through in-kind support in the form of studio, rehearsal, exhibition and performance space. Staff time and resources will be allocated on a case-by-case basis and in keeping with the selection criteria and committee.

All artistic projects should take in the unique flavour of the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and its year-round arts programming, special events and live performances and establish their budgets and time-lines around this programming. Preference will be given to projects that enhance and support the activities of the Shadbolt Centre and provide community benefit to the patrons and the citizens of Burnaby.

Types of Residencies:

Lab Time: Studio time for artists. This is done on a limited time basis and may assist but is not limited to the development of a creative project and/or studio time to rehearse and/or finish works-in-progress.

Creation Residencies: These are defined as residencies in which an artist requests studio time to develop new work with no public performance and/or presentation/exhibit EXCEPT as a work-in-progress to the Artist-in-Residence committee and selection members. When appropriate, classes and/or showings may be made available to students at the Shadbolt Centre.

Development & Production or Presentation Residencies: These are defined as residencies in which an artist requests studio time to develop new work with the understanding that a professional performance and/or exhibit will be the result of the residency. The artist(s) will be expected to showcase their work-in-progress to the Artist-in-Residence committee & selection members and when appropriate, classes and/or showings may be made available to students at the Shadbolt. For Production residencies that result in a live performance in a theatre during the Shadbolt Centre’s performance season, the artists will be part of the season subscription series and be featured in the Shadbolt Season Brochure.

Visual and Ceramic Arts Summer Residency and Mentorship Program
From August 4th to September 11th the Shadbolt Program Services area is offering a six week artist residency program for Visual and Ceramic artists to independently work on projects. Visual artists will have use of a large studio space that may be for a solo project, group project or shared with other artists if the projects and applications are compatible. The ceramic arts residency takes place in a large shared pottery studio and includes a resident artist mentor who will interact with artists on their individual projects, encourage dialogue among residencies, coordinate the technical needs related to projects and help create an environment for creativity that encourages artist development. All artists involved in the summer program will participate in open houses throughout the residency period, activities that connect them to each of the other resident artists, and an opportunity to exhibit their work.

To find out about our opportunity and speak with staff and artists from the 2019 artist residency, please consider attending our AIR exhibition and 2020 program launch. This event will take place on International Women’s Day (March 8, 2020) at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in studio 103 from 6:30-8:30pm. The speakers highlighted include the 6 female artists who participated in the 2019 summer residency program and will speak to their personal experiences as female artists in today’s world.

The 2020 AIR application period will be open from March 1- April 15, 2020
2020 Visual Arts Application Information »
2020 Ceramic Arts Application Information »

Tanya Rankin
Fine Arts Coordinator 

Performing Arts
Artist-in-Residence applications are accepted year round and considered on a case-by-case basis. For information related to performing arts residencies contact:

Cory Philley
Theatre & Facility Services Coordinator 

No phone calls please.

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