Provincial parks and tourism sites to host new artist-in-residence program

New Brunswick – New Brunswick professional artists are invited to participate in a new artist-in-residence program at provincial parks and tourism sites during the Labour Day weekend.

Launched by the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, the Fresh AIR Program is intended to provide artists with a location separate from a regular studio or workplace, where they can produce work while engaging with the public.

Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Bruce Fitch said offering artist residencies increases awareness of the arts and culture scene in the province.

Fitch said COVID-19 has created new challenges for artists to showcase and sell their work, and hopes the residency program will offer much needed exposure for these artists to New Brunswickers, and offer opportunity to see the work being done in the province.

The artist-in-residence initiative will take place from Saturday, Sept. 5 to Monday, Sept. 7 at the following provincial parks and tourism sites:

  • Hopewell Rocks
  • New Brunswick Botanical Garden / République Provincial Park
  • Mount Carleton
  • Mactaquac
  • Village Historique Acadien

Eligible artistic disciplines include architecture, craft, dance, literary arts (which includes spoken word, storytelling, literary performance and literary translation), media arts, multidisciplinary arts, classical and non-classical music, theatre and visual arts. Selected artists will receive $500 per day for up to three days.

More information for professional artists interested in participating in the program is available online.

The artist residencies will be subject to the COVID-19 rules of operation, including physical distancing.