After the success of the artist-in-residence program in previous years, the Fredericton Region Museum is looking forward to offering the program again!
The FRM’s artist-in-residence program seeks to inspire artists with Fredericton’s diverse and rich heritage. Art inspired by history can enhance connections between the museum and the public through its various forms. The program is open to local artists, working in a visual media, whose work relates to Fredericton’s history.
The artist studio will be located in a main floor gallery. During the three or six weeks of residency, the artist(s) will be expected to work in the studio allowing visitors access to the creative process. S/he will be expected to provide at least one of the following: a public lecture, a program geared towards the youth community or a workshop. They will also agree to participate in media interviews intended to promote the program. Artists are to provide their own working materials and assist with promoting the residency.
The FRM will provide a gallery in a heritage building (approximately 9.5’ x 14.6’) to be converted into a studio, artist stipend, advertising as well as two opportunities to display and sell their work; their existing artwork in the gallery during their residency and their new work at the end of the summer.
The Artist-in-Residence will be a practicing artist with a portfolio of published or exhibited works. Applications are accepted from visual artists and other creative individuals.
Dates of Residency
Residencies are for July and August, with two artist-in-residence who will be on site for 3 consecutive weeks each within the 8 weeks or one artist for six weeks. The exact dates within the residency are flexible and will be detailed in a signed agreement.
Hours of Residency
A minimum of 4 hours a day and five days each week, preferably in the afternoons plus community events, such as Culture Crawl and during the museum open house event if it falls on a residency week.
• Current curriculum vitae, including exhibition record
• Visual-work examples – jpeg format DVD, CD (image 300 dpi).
• Short statement of interest and a description of work to be carried out during the residency. The applicant should also describe why she/he wishes to do the residency, and what particular perspective he/she will bring to the program
• Indication of public access programming to be offered by the artist, for the public at large and for young people
• Indication of which three weeks the artist preferred for the residency
• Two artists may make a joint application, each submitting visuals and other information, if they are prepared to share the stipend and working space.
• Applications must be received by June 6 for summer residencies.
Selection Panel & Process
York Sunbury Historical Society board members will appoint a panel to review all project proposal applications. The panel will include a professional from Fredericton’s artistic community, representative(s) from the York Sunbury Historical Society and local arts community. Each panel member receives a copy of the materials and then meets as a group to award Artist-in-Residence selections.
A panel of judges rates each application according to the following criteria and point value. The selection with the highest total score is awarded the residency. Alternates are selected in case the chosen artist is unable to accept the residency.
50% – Artistic Merit: Artistic maturity, quality and technical ability as demonstrated in the application portfolio.
25% – Appropriateness to the residency: Degree of direct relationship of proposed project to the York Sunbury Historical Society’s mandate.
15% – Fredericton Region Museum exhibit themes: Willingness to develop a gallery exhibition or other public program that provide visitors the opportunity to make intellectual and emotional connections to Fredericton’s heritage
10% – Uniqueness of proposal: Evidence that the proposed work is unique to the residency
Commitment to Exhibition
The artist(s) must agree to present a gallery exhibition or show, depending on medium, at the Fredericton Region Museum.
Submit proposals to the museum office.