Branscombe House Artist Residency
This month, Richmond welcomes fourth annual Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence, Paige Gratland.
Paige’s projects move playfully across media and include video, performance, sculpture and printmaking. She employs a range of creative strategies in her artistic practice to provide unique opportunities for interpersonal and intergenerational exchange.
Applying her background in video and film, Paige will host a series of film screenings, hands-on workshops and collaborative projects through the lens of a queer feminist, artist and labourer.
Join us for the 2019 Launch Event
Meet Paige Gratland
Thursday, January 24, 7:00pm
City Hall Council Chambers
6911 No. 3 Road
Free, but seating is limited.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
At the Launch Event on January 24, Paige will present examples of previous work and her plans for her upcoming residency. The talk will be followed by a short reception.
About Paige and her residency
Paige’s 2019 artist residency, titled ODD JOB, will explore the various kinds of employment artists take to support their creative ambitions. Applying her background in video, film and artist multiples, Paige will host a series of screenings, hands-on workshops (leather craft, casting/mold making) and collaborative projects to explore best practices through the lens of a queer, feminist, artist and labourer.
While at Branscombe House, Paige Gratland will initiate research and development for a documentary/fiction film that follows the work and lives of flight crews. Her hybrid approach involves assembling historical and documentary footage and conducting interviews with flight attendants as the basis for a narrative script. Her methodology is influenced by movements in autobiographical theatre that use oral history to develop storylines about real people and their lived experience. As Richmond is home to Vancouver International Airport and has a rich aviation history, Branscombe House will provide the ideal space for Paige to undertake this project.
Paige Gratland studied film production at Ryerson University and her experimental films are distributed by Vtape (Toronto). In 2013, she traveled to New Mexico to learn the traditional techniques of boot making from a third generation master, Deana McGuffin. The experience introduced her to a new artform with deep folk traditions that inspired her to make a short documentary, Bootwmn, about her mentor.
Bootwmn has been screened at over 50 film festivals in 9 countries including Hot Docs (Toronto), Frameline (San Francisco) and Outfest (LA). The film received audience awards in Seattle (US), Perth (AU) and Brighton (UK) and has been licensed for streaming and broadcast on OutTV.
Her work has been published in The Walrus, Geist, Spacing and Phaidon’s Art and Queer Culture and is held in collection at the National Gallery of Canada’s Artist Multiple Library (Ottawa) and the Getty Research Institute Harmony Hammond Archive (Los Angeles).Thank You, Keely O'Brien!
We would like to thank our 2018 Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence, Keely O'Brien, for sharing her talents and creativity over the past year.
During Keely’s residency, she engaged over 500 community members through a series of free workshops, performances and exhibitions.
Her unique public programs helped build community connections, sparked conversations and encouraged neighbours to forge new friendships. She used the creative process to support the work of local community groups, like the Richmond Poverty Response Committee, and helped Richmond citizens develop new skills, while increasing their sense of belonging. She also generously contributed to events like Doors Open Richmond, Culture Days and the Maritime Festival and presented talks and workshops at the Richmond Art Gallery.
Keely had a profound impact on Richmond and we look forward to cheering her on in her future professional and personal pursuits. Visit Keely's 2018 residency blog for more info.
About the Branscombe House Artist Residency
Branscombe House is located at 4900 Steveston Highway and is one of the earliest homes built in the area; as such it is significant for its historical association to Steveston and for reflecting the pattern of commercial and related residential development that occurred in Steveston’s early history.
The Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence is selected annually via an Open Call.
_______________________________________________________ _ 2018 Artist in Residence: Keely O'Brien
2017 Artist in Residence: Barbara Meneley
2016 Artist in Residence: Rhonda Weppler