Kick starting careers in the arts
November 5, 2015

NSCAD alumnus Matt Brown was able to parlay his residency at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning into second Dartmouth residency--this time at King's Wharf, just down the road.

NSCAD’s Community Studio Residency Program was conceived to help kick start the careers of recent NSCAD grads by giving them valuable studio space to further develop their studio practice. And it’s doing just that.

Painter Matt Brown, who graduated from NSCAD in 2014, went on to do the Community Studio Residency at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning in 2014-15. Through connections made through the Dartmouth residency, he successfully pitched the artist-in-residency idea to Francis Fares, the developer of King’s Wharf just down the road. In exchange for a couple of paintings, he now has a painting studio in a vacant space at King’s Wharf and is looking forward to his first solo exhibition at the upscale condo development.

His show takes place Saturday, Nov. 7 and Sunday, Nov. 8, 1 to 4:30 pm, in the Anchorage Lobby (one floor above Just Us Café), 15 King’s Wharf Place. (While you’re in Dartmouth, be sure to drop by the MacPhee Centre, 50 Queen Street, to see the work of current NSCAD-MacPhee Centre residents Caitlin MaGuire and Kelsey Pearson.)

Matt will also give an artist’s talk sometime soon for local residents. “I’m sure they’re wondering, ‘who is that guy?’” he says. “In any case, I’m grateful for the NSCAD residency experience, which I used to launch this next little bit.”

In other news, M.E. Sparks (BFA 2013), a resident of NSCAD’s New Glasgow residency program in 2013-14, received the Juror’s Choice Award at the inaugural Salt Spring National Prize. She shared her news in an email to friends with the Town of New Glasgow and at NSCAD: “I feel I owe huge thanks to the New Glasgow residency. The year in New Glasgow gave me the freedom and time to develop and expand my art practice and I am very grateful for that productive year.”

M.E. is now working towards a master’s degree in applied arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, BC.

NSCAD’s Community Studio Residency Program is celebrating its 10th year with the Town of Lunenburg. In addition to Dartmouth’s MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning, NSCAD also has a residency with the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design in Sydney.

Applications to the Community Studio Residency Program is open to NSCAD students about to graduate or recent graduates. Forms to apply to the 2016-2017 program will be available in January 2016.

For more information, visit NSCAD's School of Extended Studies.