The changing of the guard
August 21, 2013

It’s the changing of the guard for artists in NSCAD’s community studio residencies.

In Lunenburg, current residents Craig Budovitch, Andrew Maize and Hangama Amiri are getting ready for their closing exhibition. Beyond the Garage Doors takes place in their shared studio space in Lunenburg’s Old Fire Hall, 42 Duke Street, from August 22 to 27. (The opening reception is Wednesday, Aug. 21, 7 p.m. at the studio.) Waiting in the wings with their suitcases and art supplies are Teto El Siddique from Toronto, Ont., Kara Highfield from London, Ont. and Samantha Battaglia from Halifax, N.S.

Teto El Siddique is one of three recent NSCAD grads who is headed to Lunenburg in September.

In New Glasgow, painters Jimy Sloan, Katy Hagan and Tyler Durbano recently wrapped their closing exhibition, which ran to August 8 in the studio space behind the New Glasgow library they’ve shared all year. Meanwhile, Mary (M.E.) Sparks from Kenora, Ont., Morgan Salter from Kingsburg, N.S. and Brianne Williams from Coldbrook, N.S. are making plans to move in come September.

Also ready for a change of scenery in September is Dylan Fish. Currently in South Africa on the NSCAD Art in Schools Initiative, Dylan will be the first artist in residence at the Dartmouth Bridge Centre for Arts and Technology, NSCAD’s newest community studio residency partner.

“Since I first heard about NSCAD’s studio residency program, I knew it was something I wanted to do,” says Dylan, who graduated in May from NSCAD. “I think getting involved with the community is a very important part of being an artist, and what could be a better way of doing that than participating in a residency program?  It’s about making meaningful connections within the community, making art and making things happen.”

NSCAD’s first partnership was forged with the Town of Lunenburg eight years ago and many of the NSCAD grads who came to live in the historic south shore town through the program still work and live in the area. The partnership with the Town of New Glasgow is now entering its fourth year.

During the year-long residencies, the recently-graduated artists give talks, host exhibitions and offer art classes and workshops in their respective communities, as well as developing their own studio practices. Currently, there are discussions to add programs in other Nova Scotia towns, including HRM and Antigonish.

For bios of the residents, please see: NSCAD Community Studio Residency Program

Mary (M.E.) Sparks (her work, Untitled above) will join Morgan Salter and Brianne Williams in New Glasgow starting in September.
Morgan Salter from Kingsburg, N.S. and Brianne Williams - See more at:
Morgan Salter from Kingsburg, N.S. and Brianne Williams - See more at:
Morgan Salter from Kingsburg, N.S. and Brianne Williams - See more at: