The Anvil Centre Artists-in-Residence Program
The Anvil Centre AiR is a self-directed residency program offering opportunities for artists to focus on work in a creative environment, with dedicated studio time.
This residency accommodates artists and artist collectives working in sculpture, print, fibre, drawing, painting, writing and literary arts, music, dance and performance for a four-week period for research, development and production of new or ongoing bodies of work. In exchange, artists will facilitate an outreach program for the local community during their residency.
Sam Davidson, Sarah Gallos, Sandeep Johal, Chelsea Comeau, Teodora Zamfirescu, Elisa Yon, Lois Klassen, Jennifer Pielak, Meichen Waxer, Andrea Taylor, Margery Theroux, Julian Legere, Michelle Cyr, Farouche Collective (Mahaila Patterson O'Brien, Felicia Lau, Erika Mitsuhashi), Jessica Gnyp, and Dawn Livera.
June 2017: Lois Klassen
Lois Klassen’s long-term projects involve collective making and dialogue. Archive City: Portraits of Lulu Island (Cindy Mochizuki, Jaimie Robson, Lois Klassen, 2008) presented a memory collection that was gathered from residents of the City of Richmond (Richmond Art Gallery). Klassen’s Garden Gnomad (2009) gathered stories and imagery from community gardeners by way of a solar-powered media cart (Means of Production Artists Raw Resource Collective and Emixer, Surrey Art Gallery). Klassen’s texts are published in Word Hoard, Fillip, Public Journal and Border Crossings.
Reading the Migration Library is a research-creation component of Lois Klassen’s current doctoral research on ethical frameworks of social art practices at the Cultural Studies Program, Queen’s University. This new project combines research, archiving, public engagement and performance. It involves the assembly of a virtual migration library, the production of new narratives in small press publications, and reading aloud in public. The project’s process is documented at http://www.readingthemigrationlibrary.com
Join June Anvil Centre Artist-in-Residence Lois Klassen for an artist-book making workshop in a uniquely New Westminster collection of migration stories. Learn to make small, easy to reproduce booklets (also called chapbooks or ‘zines) based on themes of migration by way of personal experiences, or information borrowed from the New Westminster Museum and Archives. Add your booklet in art exhibitions and events related to the project, Reading the Migration Library! For more information go to, readingthemigrationlibrary.com
Anvil Centre Room 411B
Saturday June 10, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Thursday June 22, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Registration Fee: Free with RSVP.
These workshops are FREE and open to the public. RSVP required - please contact to reserve your spot. Maximum 15 participants. Must be 18+ or accompanied by an adult. Supplies will be provided.
June 2017: Jennifer Pielak
Jennifer is a local actor, improviser and singer who is becoming known as one of the top musical improvisers in Canada. She currently performs completely improvised musicals, teaches classes in the art form here in Vancouver and co-founded Off Key Improv, a local musical improv group she both performed with and was Artistic Director of for 4 years. She has performed improv at Second Storey Theatre, The Improv Centre, with The Fictionals, Table23, Improv Boston and at festivals in Vancouver and New York. Her latest credits include Connected: The Musical, Dogfight, and playing Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games The Musical.
For the duration of her residency, Jennifer’s goal is to develop a one woman, improvised musical. The show will involve improvising all the songs, dance, characters and storyline, with a musician improvising on piano. Using Anvil Centre’s studio space to workshop both independently and with a musician/musical director, there are also opportunities for invited local directors, choreographers, and dramaturges to participate. This residency will allow Jennifer to develop the show’s vision and format, and expand her skill sets as a performer.
Stay tuned for upcoming workshops and activities with Jennifer Pielak!
May 2017: Elisa Yon
Elisa Yon is a Vancouver-based artist and public Art Coordinator for the City of Richmond. Her recent work includes Alien Terrarium, a collaboration with artist Amanda Arcuri as part of the Vancouver Public Art Program's Platforms 2016: Coastal City exhibition, and Working Holiday, a year socially engaged artist residency project at Dunbar Community Centre in Vancouver, working in collaboration with artists Leah Weinstein and Jaspal Marwah. She holds a Master of Applied Art degree from Emily Carr University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Waterloo.
A new hybrid art and curation project by Elisa Yon will aim to create a mutable and transitory gathering, book-making and performance space, designed to host artist and non-artist text-based book projects or libraries, such as Lois Klassen's current work, Reading the Migration Library. This residency will allow the artist to question, test and develop the inaugural manifestation of Curating Library.
Still Life w/ No Name (18+)
Anvil Centre Artist-in-Residence, Elisa Yon will lead a still life drawing and recipe-making workshop inspired by the budget conscious foods she consumed growing up in a Chinese-Canadian immigrant family. Participants will create drawings and recipes from a still life composed of an assortment of no name brand food products. At the end of the workshop, participants will be invited to contribute one drawing and/or recipe to an artist book that will be produced by the artist and contributed to readingthemigrationlibrary.com, a project by Lois Klassen, Anvil Centre's June Artist-in-Residence. Drawing materials will be provided.
Friday May 12, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Anvil Centre Studio 411B
Sunday May 14, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Anvil Centre Studio 411B
These workshops are FREE and open to the public. RSVP required - please contact to reserve your spot. Maximum 12 participants. Must be 18+ or accompanied by an adult.
April 2017: Chelsea Comeau
Chelsea Comeau is a freelance writer and editor, and an Education Assistant, whose work has appeared in The Claremont Review, Quills, and CV2. In 2011, Amber Tamblyn selected her as the winner of the BUST magazine poetry contest. In 2014, she was one of eight poets across Canada accepted for the poetry genre in the Banff Centre’s Writing With Style Programme, working with Lorna Crozier. In 2015, she was the Canadian winner of the Leaf Press chapbook contest. She has appeared at Word Vancouver, and was a guest on Co-Op Radio’s Wax Poetic show. She attends poetry retreats with Patrick Lane and Lorna Crozier.
For the duration of her residency, Comeau will develop a full-length poetry manuscript that explores the themes of women and a
connection to place. Comeau believes that women’s issues are extremely relevant at this point in time, particularly following the recent U.S. election results. Being a resident of New Westminster, a location steeped in history, Comeau also feels a deep sense of connection to physical presence. She will be exploring both her role in this world as a woman, as well as emotional ties to her environment through poetry.
Looking for professional feedback for your manuscript, article, review or other written work? Join April Artist-in-Residence Chelsea Comeau for one-on-one advice about your project. Comeau's advice can help strengthen your work, maximize your chances of success, or provide suggestions to push your writing to the next level. Depending on your project and needs, this special workshop can accommodate either 30 or 60-minute sessions. To book your one-on-one consultation,
Anvil Centre Room 311
Saturday May 13, 12:00pm-4:00pm
FREE; RSVP required.
April 2017: Teodora Zamfirescu
Born in Transylvania and relocating various times around the globe, Teodora Zamfirescu spent many years growing up in the Eastern block dictatorship. This has set the foundation for how she views the world in terms of philosophical as well as aesthetic questions. She points to the everyday moments and the small details in life as her source of inspiration, and describes her work as a playful response to existential thoughts about the purpose of animate and inanimate matter. Her work is
humorous as well as deeply serious, anchored in contradictions of philosophical pessimism which is equally romantic and life-affirming. She remains a big supporter of collaborations, public space installations and ad-hoc processes.
THINK TANK Come to Anvil Centre to examine spaces and places (including archives, landing, studios, bathrooms etc.) and share ideas (from totally doable to totally crazy) for filming and creative works. After considering all ideas, Zamfirescu will be shooting a film. Come give us your ideas!
Thursday April 13, 5-7pm, Room 411B
Sunday April 16, 11am-1pm, Room 411A
March 2017: Sandeep Johal
Sandeep Johal is a Canadian-born South Asian artist whose meticulously crafted, detail-oriented work embraces the intuitive and often spontaneous relationship between pattern and colour. Grounded in principles of symmetry and geometry, her pattern-work is heavily influenced by South Asian textile design and motifs, particularly the mandala form. Sandeep is fascinated with exploring meditation through the process of repetition and creating a contemplative space for her viewers.
For the duration of her residency Sandeep will be exploring themes of gender justice, continuing the series HARD KAUR -not your starlet, not your victim, and creating new works her upcoming solo show, REST IN POWER. For updates, follow her on Instagram @sandeepjohalart
Artist Talk: Sandeep Johal
Join Vancouver-based artist and March Artist-in-Residence Sandeep Johal for an presentation and discussion about the artist's ongoing series HARD KAUR - not your starlet, not your victim. The works acknowledge female victims of gender-based violence and will be shown in the artist's upcoming solo exhibition REST IN POWER opening at the gam gallery September 8th.
Anvil Centre Room 417
Saturday May 13th, 2pm-4pm
*Due to the content of the artist's work and practice, this event is 19+
February 2017: Sarah Gallos
Sarah Gallos is a dancer, choreographer, improviser, and teacher based in Vancouver, BC. Her work is based in contemporary forms, influenced by her study of contact dance and release technique, informed by her practice of clown as well as classical ballet.
Her choreography FOLLOW has been selected for Des Arts Dehors/ Arts Outside, a Made in BC: Dance on Tour initiative. She is co-producer of the Shooting Gallery Performance Series; showcasing short form experimental dance and theatre. She has performed for choreographers Julie Lebel, Julianne Chapple, Meredith Kalaman and is a member of the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret.
Artist in residence Sarah Gallos is offering a parent and child movement-based class. Perfect for spring, come to learn about and move like plants. Great for younger children to adults, this session will touch upon the stages of growth of a plant. Starting with the moment a seed starts to reach its roots into the earth through to summer, fall and ending with it buried under the winter snow.
Sunday March 12th 11:15 am -12:00 pm
All performances and presentations free and open to the public.
: Sam Davidson
Sam Davidson (B.Mus) is a specialist in the EWI, a breath-controlled synthesizer of under-realized potential which he features in his recordings and performances. He is a member of Canadian band Brasstronaut who have toured Europe and North America extensively. He also performs as sideman to Toronto violinist Jaron Freeman-Fox and The Opposite of Everything.
For the duration of the residency Sam has been working across several genres and instruments, developing his compositional techniques. Using 'early music' (AD1620-1720) as source material, he has immersed himself in baroque melodies, extracting their themes to recycle into new innovative works.
Tuesday January 10, 11:30am
Friday January 13, 2:00pm
Tuesday January 17, 6:00pm
Tuesday January 24, 3:00pm
Thursday January 26, 11:00am
Final Presentation & Performance:
Saturday February 4, 3:00pm
All performances and presentations free and open to the public.