Time + Space Artist Residencies
We are excited to announce the artists selected for the Time + Space BIPOC Artist Residencies. These six emerging artists or collectives will be given access to our gallery room to use as their own personal studios to explore and create for a one-month period. Stay tuned to our website and social media where we will announce any upcoming residency events, and share looks into the artists' processes!
MEET THE ARTISTS
Emma Joye Frank (July 2022)
Emma Joye Frank (she/ he/ they)—K'ómoks First Nation
Emerging muralist and urban indigenous artist; focusing on cultural iconography and symbolic characters representing decolonial narratives, with the intent to influence white dominant spaces. Theme: Critical Bitch Theory
Global Pax Collective (August 2022)
We are a self-identified community collective. Our collective includes Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from around the globe. Our mission is to promote peace and healthy communities through arts with a rights-based approach and intergenerational and multicultural perspectives. We believe that working together is essential, and we have open doors for creators and artists to join as their availability permits. We believe that collaboration enhances the creative processes. Therefore, we seek to create spaces for co-creating art for peace and planetary health with the global community.
The Global Pax Collective activities planned for this Summer (2022) seeks to integrate and celebrate diversity while acknowledging the importance of peace and planetary health. Art is our medium to co-create in the community and bring more awareness of the significance of climate justice, holistic wellness, and the linkages between nature, arts, and health.
Ella Chay (September 2022)
Ella Chay is a painter and sculptor born and raised in Victoria, B.C. Chay is a recent graduate of the University of Victoria’s BFA Visual Arts Honours Program. Chay is interested in how sculptural forms exist in relation to the body and how illusionary expansions of space can distort our understanding of a real space. Her work is often influenced by 70s/80s/90s era fantasy films, with particular focus on the construction of practical film sets and props.
Alongside her interest in world building, Chay has also been exploring ways of integrating her own cultural background into her work. She draws parallels between these subjects as ways of making sense of unconventional relationships and further, establishing an impression of belonging while placing objects where they conventionally “do not belong.”
Throughout her degree, Chay has been the recipient of the Takao Tanabe Undergraduate Award in Visual Arts (2021) and is currently a nominee of the BMO 1st ART! Award (2022).
Lee Ingram (October 2022)
Lee Ingram (lee/she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist and storyteller, living on the ancestral territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, also known as Victoria, B.C. As a primarily self-taught dancer, Lee prioritizes improvisation, which grants the body freedom to translate personal, mental and emotional landscapes, into physical expressions. The tensions of living and decaying, peace and turmoil, contemplation and surrender, as well as the theatrical and the grotesque, are attitudes woven into Lee’s movement practice.
Lee’s current work uses dance, poetry, and sound to embody ceremonial traditions of Caribbean and African Diaspora spirituality, and attempts to distance this experience from western christianity. Lee’s more recent artistic interests are focused on the interdisciplinary and intercultural relationship between various mediums, particularly that of dance, performance art, poetry, collage, sound, and video.
Sarah Sun Choi (November 2022)
Sarah Sun Choi is a 27 year old female (she/her), Korean-Canadian visual artist. (First generation Canadian with both parents being from Korea). She graduated from Uvic in 2017 with a degree in Visual Art, and currently works part time as a self employed tattoo artist, acrylic painter, and clothing maker. She has a strong passion for music, travel, and psychology/mental health.
Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé (January 2023)
Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé, affectionately known as Ddhälh kit Nelnah, is a proud Niisüü member of White River First Nation from Beaver Creek, Yukon and Alaska. She resides today in lək̓wəŋən and W̲SÁNEĆ Territory with her partner Christopher Walton. Teresa is an Upper Tanana, Frisian, and Acadian French visual artist, emerging curator, and Master of Fine Arts student at Concordia University in Studio Arts. She is in an ongoing mentorship with her Grandma Marilyn John which began when Teresa was eight years old. The mentorship started with beadwork but now involves the revitalization of their language and the sharing of Traditional Knowledge. Teresa’s art practice is, much like her curatorial philosophy, community-based and heavily influenced by her worldviews.
Teresa received her first YVR Youth Scholarship in 2016 and again in 2019. She’s received a Creating, Knowing, and Sharing grant from the Canada Council for the Arts as well as an Explore and Create grant. She’s received five other grants and scholarships for various projects and academic accomplishments. Teresa has been exhibiting work since 2015 and has three solo exhibitions under her belt as well as over 25 group and duo shows. She currently sits on the Board of the Indigenous Curatorial Collective.