a unique residency model gives artists a
chance to advance their practice while volunteering in Prince George, British Columbia.
The goal, says program curator Justin Langlois,
is to offer artists an opportunity to use their
skills to directly help the community.
From September to April, the Neighbour-
hood Time Exchange | Downtown Prince
George offers artists a one-month residency in
which they spend half their time in studio and
the rest volunteering with a community partner.
This “time banking” approach aims to cultivate
a mutually beneficial relationship.
In October, Vancouver’s Lily Mead Martin
was paired with Two Rivers Gallery, where
she used her carpentry skills to help with a
re-decking project. She also found conversations with locals helped shape her studio work.
Artists in residency exchange
volunteer time for studio space
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“I was trying to figure out a way I could map
this place as a visitor,” she says.
“We don’t insist on having community partners that are arts-focused because artists have
a lot of really compelling skill sets to offer,”
says Mr. Langlois, a faculty member at Emily
Carr University of Art + Design. The residency,
a partnership between Prince George’s downtown business improvement association and
Living Labs at Emily Carr, has also paired artists with a public library, an environmental organization and a community co-working space.
The model does come with challenges.
After launching NTE in Philadelphia and now
in Prince George, Mr. Langlois notes that each
one required setting up new “infrastructure and
complex partnerships.” – anqi shen
New partnership between Emily Carr University of Art + Design and downtown Prince George follows
“time banking” model
Lily Mead Martin created this piece
made of fabric, ink and paper during her
residency in Prince George, B.C.