Artist in Residence | Artiste résident (e)

Artist in Residence  2021  Artiste résident (e)

The Fredericton Region Museum (FRM) has hosted a popular Artist in Residence program for the last seven summers with the support of the City of Fredericton and the York Sunbury Historical Society.  This year, the Artist in Residence program directly connects to the museum’s new exhibit “Our Black Heritage: Early Black Settlers of York-Sunbury Counties 1783-Present”. The exhibit will be launched on Emancipation Day, August 1, 2021 (with all due consideration to COVID restrictions).

Please send your artist statement and portfolio to frmoperations@gmail.com by June 30, 2021.

We base our project on a similar concept sponsored by the City of Edmonton, where city officials developed an artist program focussing on Reconciliation with the city’s Indigenous community. (See RISE Recognition in Solidarity Edmonton )

Like the Edmonton RISE concept, we wish to engage artists in a discussion about art and reconciliation through an examination of the historical evidence presented within the museum’s Black Heritage exhibit.

Each artist will be invited to be present at the museum for 2 half days (3 hours each) during which time they will view the exhibit, select a subject from the historical evidence presented, and react to it through their own artistic interpretation: be it poetry, visual art, photography, music, theatre or any other art form. Each artist will then be invited to produce one work of art in their preferred form (representing 8 days of work), and upon completion and delivery of the piece, receive a $500 honorarium (plus $100 for supplies). The art work will then be displayed in-house, and/or off-site, and/or virtually as a pop-up exhibit (location tbc).

For example, artists will be introduced to the story of Nancy, a Black runaway slave who lived on the estate of Caleb Jones (in Nashwaaksis) who in 1800 went all the way to the Supreme Court of New Brunswick to fight for her freedom. Nancy’s story is just one of many spanning nearly 250 years of Black presence in this area that will inform the artist’s inquiry. How each artist interprets the historical evidence will become the basis of the in-house, off-site, and virtual exhibit, intended to prompt a larger discussion around Fredericton’s Black heritage.

Our Black Heritage: Early Black Settlers of York-Sunbury Counties 1783-Present

Our Black Heritage: Early Black Settlers of York-Sunbury Counties 1783-Present

Please send your artist statement and portfolio to frmoperations@gmail.com by June 30, 2021.

Artist’s Commitment:

  • 2 half-day sessions on site to examine the exhibit and meet exhibit curators, meet with the public in house or virtual events at a time decided by the artist and in consideration of COVID restrictions;
  • One week commitment (8 working days) between July 31 to August 31, 2021 (off site);
  • $500 honorarium (plus $100 in artist supplies) payable upon completion and delivery of artwork;
  • Events promoted by the FRM through its network;
  • Each artist’s work will be displayed in an on-site exhibit space, virtually and off-site, following the end of the season (off site location to be confirmed);
    Artist owns copyright to work;
  • Artist agrees to FRM use of art for in-house, and/or off-site, and/or virtual pop-up exhibit.