New national artist residency announced

Aug 18 2020

The Yukon Arts Centre is excited to come together with national partners to present the inaugural Field Trip: Artist Residency - a six-week online program that features seven artists from across the country.

It is designed to make space for and fund BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) artists to create and facilitate discussions with others contending with the repercussions of racism. 

In this first iteration, participating galleries in consultation with their networks invited artists to shape residencies that emphasize agency and openness, with space to create work, engage in dialogue and explore individual and collective practices.

 The artists chosen are:

Caroline Monnet & Joseph Tisiga, Yukon Art Centre

Emily Jan, Aga Khan Museum

Simone Saunders & Alex Kwong, Contemporary Calgary

Esmaa Mohamoud, Museum London & Visual Arts Centre of Clarington

OLUSEYE, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

YAC selected Joseph Tisiga (Kaska Dena) as he confronts colonialism and tropes within his diverse practice.   

Joseph Tisiga is one of seven artists chosen for the residency. Alistair Maitland Photography.

“We felt it was important to share curatorial space, so we asked Joseph to curate an artist to join the conversation,” said Mary Bradshaw, director of visual arts for the Yukon Arts Centre.

“He asked Caroline Monnet, an Algonquin-French contemporary artist and filmmaker, to join and we are honoured both artists are part of the residency,” she said.

The Field Trip Artist Residency is an opportunity for arts organizations in Canada to listen, learn, respond and create space in a collaborative manner that is meaningful and relevant while advancing work towards inclusion and equity for marginalized populations.

Field Trip: Art Across Canada strongly denounces racism, discrimination and colonialism deeply embedded within museum structures,” the organization said in a press release.

“While there is much work to do, we are keen to implement this residency program in the coming weeks, the first of many, delivered with our Field Trip partners and artists from communities far and wide.”

The Yukon Arts Centre will host an online artist talk with Tisiga and Monnet in October.

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