Unique Opportunity For Artists On The Open Pacific



A Vancouver art gallery is all set once again to search for interested artists to spend 23 days in residency at sea.  It is a part of the Access Gallery’s Twenty-Three Days at Sea: A Travelling Artist Residency.  The selected candidates will be on board for the June and September 2016 voyages.  This unique project is funded through grants, a partnership with the Burrard Arts Foundation and an exceedingly successful Kickstarter campaign.

“Twenty-Three Days at Sea follows this ‘aberrant’ turn in contemporary artist residency programs, in that it imposes specific conditions and constraints (the strictures of the port; the solitude of the freighter cabin; the expanse of the open sea) that will in turn shape artists’ ideas and work,”said Kimberly Phillips, director and curator of Access Gallery.

It is an inimitable chance for the selected artists to express their creativity on board a ship sailing from Vancouver to Shanghai.  They will have to work on a new work or a body of work while on board the vessel.  The creative piece of the artists will be displayed at Access Gallery at 222 East Georgia St.  The artists will also have to maintain a daily log.  This will be published by the gallery later at the end of the residency project.  The response for the first residency project was a great success drawing more than 800 proposals from the artists across the world.   And this time the organizers are expecting a similar kind of response for the new project.

“If we can gauge by last year’s applicant pool, we should expect an incredibly international group of applicants.  We were delighted and overwhelmed by nearly 900 proposals.  The international pool of emergent artists applying was really exciting,” she said.

Source: The Province