residency opportunity: Port Moody Arts Centre Society

General Info

  • The Port Moody Arts Centre Society supports artistic excellence and innovation. This residency is open to all emerging ceramic artists over 19 years of age. The residency will require an emphasis on making, learning and sharing the process of creating with clay.
  • The residency is an excellent opportunity for artistic development within an innovative and supportive ceramic community. The clay studios at the Arts Centre are busy, supportive and house a true sense of community. There are classes for adults in hand building and wheel throwing, children’s classes that range from after school clay to spring & summer camps, plus a very active Open Studio group of ceramic devotees.
  • The resident artist will be available for public outreach activities such as Open Studio, informal talks, studio tours for student groups, demos and exhibition installation.


 The Resident receives:

  • A secured ceramic studio space for one year, with ample room for a wheel, storage of work in progress, and supplies
  • Access to studio space daytime & evenings
  • A gallery space for a solo exhibition (average 3-4 weeks) before the residency ends.
  • Up to 2 glaze firings /month for pieces that will be included in the final exhibition or are part of the artistic practice moving towards the final exhibition
  • Engagement opportunities with the Arts Centre’s community of ceramic artists
  • The opportunity to purchase clay through the Arts Centre.
  • The opportunity to present classes and/or workshops to teach at the Arts Centre


In return, we ask that the Resident:

  • Dedicate sufficient time in the studio to complete a solo exhibition at the end of their residency
  • Supervise Open Studio sessions (community aspect)
  • Create works for the year-end exhibition, working in conjunction with the Gallery Manager
  • Be responsible for own clay/specialty glazes/tools/equipment (i.e. wheel)
  • Promote best interests of the Arts Centre and participate in fundraising initiatives
  • Comply with all occupational, health and safety issues
  • Pass a Criminal Information Check
  • Comply with policy and procedures set forth by the Art Centre’s ceramic department

There will be opportunity to instruct, engage with the public and to display your work. There will be no exchange of funds involved with the residency, however, the CAIR may sell their work during the year-end exhibition and Winter Treasures show. If the CAIR teaches classes where there is a class fee, they will collect a wage for their time teaching.


How to Apply

To apply, please complete the online application form

The deadline to apply is Sunday June 9th, 2019

We thank you in advance for your application, however, only selected applicants will be contacted for interviews and an announcement will be made in July, for a start date in September (to be confirmed with the successful applicant).


Visit their website HERE.

Victor Cicansky: The Gardener’s Universe / L’univers d’un jardinier

Exhibition organized and circulated by the MacKenzie Art Gallery. This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

L’exposition est organisée et diffusée par le Musée d’art MacKenzie. Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

Opening Reception on June 7
Panel Discussion on June 8

Victor Cicansky: The Gardener’s Universe

The artistic universe of Regina artist Victor Cicansky is firmly rooted in his garden. For over fifty years, ideas for sculptures in ceramics and bronze have grown out of his intimate relationship with the plants and trees of his back yard. His approach embraces both the immigrant knowledge of his Romanian-Canadian family and more contemporary concerns around urban ecology and environmental sustainability. Rooted in local realities, his work speaks to the wider world of the joys and trials of supporting life in an urban prairie space.

This retrospective exhibition brings together over 100 ceramic and bronze works that present a richly layered picture of Cicansky’s career. Drawn from 39 public and private collections in Canada and the United States, the selections embody the energy of Cicansky’s varied production. Challenging craft expectations of pottery and furniture, Cicansky engages the language of making to celebrate “hand smarts,” as his blacksmith father called them. From the iconoclastic experimentation of his student days in California, to the recognition of his prairie immigrant roots, to his celebration of shovel to plate gardening — Cicansky has unearthed a politics of place using humour, play, and provocation.

The work of Victor Cicansky asserts that history and locality are vital sources for healthy creative expression, just as gardens are essential for the health of our bodies and the planet. This exhibition celebrates a “garden universe” — as Regina writer Trevor Herriot calls it — and marks Cicansky’s lasting contributions to Canadian art and craft history.

Timothy Long, Head Curator, MacKenzie Art Gallery
Julia Krueger, Curator and Craft Historian, Calgary

movie day: Marine Ostinato

Marine Ostinato is a multi media performance that explores creativity, transformation and the beauty of Tasmania’s rugged coastline through pottery, shadow puppetry, video and music. Artist Shannon Garson has brought together 3 artists working in different mediums for this project shadow puppetry, projection art, ceramics and live music.

Marine Ostinato is:
Shannon Garson- concept, drawing, throwing and performance
Louise King – Cello, original music, performance
Jen Brown- projection mapping, multimedia guru
Marine Ostinato premiered at the Australian Ceramics Triennale in Hobart May 2019