The Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC) and the Artist in Residence steering committee are pleased to announce the fourth year of the Artist in Residence (AiR) Program on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

The Artist in Residence Program provides an opportunity for artists to work in the vibrant arts environment of Salt Spring Island. The program is open to all professionals working in the arts, in any genre or medium, at any stage of their careers. The intent of the program continues to be the provision of time and space for creativity and productivity and to introduce visiting artists to Salt Spring Island and its arts community. Starting this year, we welcome International applicants to the program.

Residencies are awarded based on available facilities, potential links to the Salt Spring community, collaborative opportunities and artistic merit. 

In the last three years AiR has welcomed Canadian artists living as far away as Thailand and from as close by as Victoria. Our juried artists this year are printmaker and fibre artist Audrey Feltham from Newfoundland, ceramicist Jessica Sallay-Carrington from Quebec, and mixed-media artist Noelle Hamlyn from Ontario. In addition, we welcome pop up residents Dianne Whelan, documentary film maker, on a break from her cross Canada journey on the Great Trail, and for the first time reach beyond our own borders to welcome French sound artist Emmanuel Mailly.

As in previous years, as well as working on their own projects, the artists will share their expertise and enthusiasm through presentations, workshops, demonstrations and exhibits, enriching our island with their work and ideas, interacting with Salt Spring artists and enjoying our unique island life style. For information about these artists and events go to: ssartscouncil.com/artist-in-residence/residencies/

The AiR program invites artists to engage with the creative cultural community of Salt Spring Island. 

Within the spirit of this framework, collaborative proposals by members of the Salt Spring arts community which involve off island artists are actively encouraged.

Applications for the AiR program can be submitted on or before April 15th 2019 for tenure between January 2020 and April 2020. Application information is available at ssartscouncil.com/artist-in-residence/

For More Information:

Artist in Residence (AiR) Program, Salt Spring Arts Council

114 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada V8K 2V5

Email: air@ssartscouncil.com 

Download the press release here (pdf 229kb)