Eryn Foster is an interdisciplinary artist who also works as a filmmaker, educator, curator, community arts organizer and arts consultant.
She received her BFA from Concordia University, her MFA from the University of Guelph and has recently also studied documentary film at Capilano University.
Foster has presented her work across Canada and abroad, and has participated in numerous artist residencies including ones at the Banff Centre (AB), La Cite in Paris (FR),
and the Macdowell Colony (NH). She has been awarded several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia as well as other organizations and arts agencies. Presently she is completing a feature documentary (in collaboration with Sue Johnson) titled Celestial Queer, about the life and work of Halifax artist James MacSwain. She is actively also working on new visual art projects which questions in relation to origins of life and biological evolution.
Recently Foster worked as the lead researcher and consultant on the HEAR TELL podcast training program (coordinated through Visual Arts Nova Scotia) and is currently
the lead researcher and consultant on ARTISTS IN MIND, a Nova Scotia based Mental Health Initiative for artists (also coordinated through Visual Arts Nova Scotia). For the past three years, she has been working in close collaboration with ISANS (Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia) and the arts organization Nocturne, to offer free programming to members of the newcomer community in the Halifax Regional Municipality. In previous years, Foster has worked as the program Director/Administrator for the Yukon School of Visual Arts, and the Director of the artist-run centre, Eyelevel Gallery. Foster is based in Halifax/K’jipuktuk and when she is non in provincial lock-down, you might also find her wandering somewhere around Greece or in the Yukon.