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Current Residency

Jillian McDonald, Tunnel

October 28th – December 10th, 2022

Tunnel is a multi-channel video work with accompanying drawings that will be filmed in Eastern Newfoundland, on New York’s Governors Island, in a Brooklyn backyard, and in the Southwestern United States. The project is informed by living and sheltering in a virus epicentre and seeing its profound effects.

Jillian McDonald is a Canadian artist who lives in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include AxeNéo7 in Gatineau, and group shows include FiveMyles and Undercurrent in Brooklyn. Critical discussion of her work appears in The Transatlantic Zombie by Sarah Lauro and Deconstructing Brad Pitt, edited by Christopher Schaberg. Awards include grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts, and residencies at Glenfiddich in Scotland and The Arctic Circle in Svalbard.

Upcoming Residencies

Nasim Makaremi & Michael Lucenkiw (Mainframe)

January 13 – February 25, 2023 

Nasim Makaremi is interested in making a VR space of ancient monuments related to her hometown, culture, and background; and walking in them while she is in Newfoundland. This is the overlap between the lands and challenges the meaning of the land and the home country. Michael Lucenkiw would like to explore the capacity of augmented reality as an interactive, location specific storytelling format. Taking advantage of the ability for augmented reality to access a phone’s GPS and spatial orientation, he wants to experiment with mobile exhibits around the city. He also wants to explore how environmental data, GIS mapping and data visualization intersects with this technology.

Sylvan Hamburger

March 10 – April 22, 2023

Cranky signifies an erratic vessel, liable to capsize. This nautical meaning serves as a central metaphor for this proposal: I will relief print the hull of a discarded punt, alongside other sea jettison, and turn the printed impressions into textile kites to be flown along the coast. Cranky presupposes the strange and irregular flight of these soft vessels. It also alludes to the volatile consequences of globalization, consumerism, and climate change on coastal communities.

Jane Walker & Ale Monreal (Mainframe)

March 10 – April 22, 2023

Concepts that Walker and Monreal want to explore further include using advanced textile technology to make one-of-a-kind cloth (not multiples), continuing their experiments with embedding drawing into cloth, preparing digital cloth drafts of their analogue photographs (combining slow tech), integrating their various art media (textiles, photography, drawing/painting), and from a technical standpoint, understanding how to use a digital loom. Ale Monreal wants to develop and explore new artistic techniques that they have recently used which mesh together looms, analog and digital media, and animation.

Susan Furneaux

May 5 – June 17, 2023

Intimacy with materials in process, usage and place is the foundation of Susan Furneaux’s work.  The seasons, the ebbs and flows of nature are present in the materials. The practice is a ritual of connection and integration with her environment where the cycle of life and death are ever present. Using both traditional and unexpected natural fibers,  she will create finely crafted pieces that discuss the infinite offerings of textile materials from the boreal forest and peat bogs of the Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland. This work is reflective of her settler ancestors’ tradition of ‘making do’, skilled makers who resourcefully created beautiful work with what was close by.

Brenda Reid & Beck G-Osborne (Mainframe)

May 5 – June 17, 2023

Beck G-Osborne wants to learn more about audio design and installation techniques so they can work on creating immersive environments for both home-listening and physical Installations.  Brenda Reid plans to create work that consists of three parts, a relief print of the area as it exists, a 2d digital animation illustrating the potential of that space, and sound clips recorded in St Johns.

Megan Arnold & Clayton Dyon

June 30 – August 1, 2023

Megan Arnold uses humour as a coping mechanism to deal with anxiety in the face of an impending apocalypse. Laughter brings people together to produce tender feelings, collective experiences, and meaning within perceived meaninglessness. Arnold and Dyon are interested in essential facets of humanity and how they manifest in the 21st century: mortality, liveness, connection, and failure.

Renee Brazeau

September 1 – October 13, 2023

Renee Brazeau intends to work on a quilted mapping project exploring the relationship between place and the expression of one’s queerness.  The exploration will begin by creating a series of large imaginary quilted maps. These maps could take the form of recognizable aerial maps and/or psychological maps. Brazeau will approach quilting in a painterly fashion by intuitively combining embroidery, screen-printing, sewing and applique techniques to create non-traditional quilts. This non-traditional approach to quilting rejects the idea of following a pattern, similarly to how queerness is about rejecting society’s pre-determined pattern.

Past Residencies


Art Link International Atlantic Residency Exchange, Cliodhna Timoney

International Artist Talks: Micheal Flaherty & Cliodhna Timoney


Summer 2021 HOLD FAST AiR Drew Pardy and Elizabeth Cook, Lily Taylor, and Phlegm Fatales

Summer 2021 Traveling Residency, Emily Neufeld Holding Place: Christeen Francis, Emily Neufeld, Andrew Testa


Summer 2020 Artist in Residence, Ashley Hemmings

Rug Hooking Tutorial with Ashley Hemmings

Makers Afternoon with Ashley Hemmings

Artist Talk | Ashley Hemmings

Spring 2020 Artists in Residence, Drew Pardy & Faune Ybarra

Drew Pardy: Move Together Series

Faune Ybarra: Unusual Encounters, sharing circle

Drew Pardy: The Nipple of Stitches Workshop & Video Tutorial

AiR Faune & Drew: Makers’ Afternoon

Afternoon Tea with Drew Pardy

Faune Ybarra: Artist Talk

Winter 2020 Artists in Residence, Amery Sandford & David Carriere, Melanie Colosimo, and Kate Lahey

Melanie Colosimo hosts satellite Art Bar + Projects


Fall 2019 Artists in Residence, Tanea Hynes & Christeen Francis

Thank God It’s Friday: Studio Hangout & Artist Presentation

Tuesday Art Jam with Christeen Francis

Labrador City artist explores personal connection to mining through art practice

Fall 2019 Land Based Mentored Artist Residency with Marlene Creates, Carrie Allison and Jennifer MacLatchy

OPEN STUDIO: Visit our Artists in Residence, Friday, October 18th, 12-5pm

To Care on Visited Land – Middle Cove Beach, Saturday, October 12, 2019

Conundrums, Confessions, Contradictions, and Concerns: Working as Environmental Artists in 2019

Summer 2019 HOLD FAST artist, Craig Francis Power, Ethan Murphy, Teresa Connors

Spring 2019 Ryan Josey

Winter 2019 Joshua Vettivelu

Eastern Edge Exhibition, Surface Tension (or What Holds an ‘Us’ Together): Joshua Vettivelu

Reading Close: Joshua Vettivelu and legibility in absence – Kailey Bryan

Arbitrary Lines: Refugee Law in Canada 1986 – 2012 – Gobhina Najarajah

CBC: Artists create 40-tonne sand sculpture at downtown St. John’s gallery

C Magazine Issue 143: One Thing: Surface Tension (or What Holds an ‘Us’ Together) by Arun Nedra Rodrigo