The Climate Artist-In-Residence Program
With the belief that art has a critical role to play in increasing climate change adaptation awareness and well-being, CreativePEI in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation is proud to launch the Climate Artist-in-Residence Program (CAIR).
The Climate Artist-in-Residence Program aims to strengthen community resilience through the creation and dissemination of artwork, including artistic activities presented by each artist, such as workshops, screenings, presentations, art exhibitions and more.
CAIR consists of four Artists-in-Residence: Lisa Theriault, Chanel Briggs, Carrie Allison and Elder Francis Jadis. Each artist was selected through a curated process in collaboration with four partnering island organizations: CreativePEI, BIPOC USHR, this town is small, and Indigenous PEI.
From September 2023 – September 2024 each Climate Artist-in-Residence will delve into a research-driven art process and emerge from it with works to be presented at a solo exhibition and community events. They will revel in drawn depictions of joyous escapism and imagined spaces as disaster looms, they’ll write prose for mycelium to celebrate the strength of community connectedness and found families, they’ll weave Black Ash baskets to ensure a legacy lives on after the species of tree has died off, and they’ll string bead upon bead to demonstrate the intricacies of monocultures and settler colonial land use.
The artists will create artworks informed and inspired by climate change issues and adaptation resources made available to them through The Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation. Visit the artist profiles below to learn more.
Groundwork & CAIR are curated by Alexis Bulman with financial support from the Government of PEI’s Climate Challenge Fund (CC Fund). The CC Fund aims to support the development of innovative solutions to the threat of climate change by empowering people of different backgrounds, experiences, and expertise, who work across sectors and in different communities throughout the Island, to contribute to climate action in PEI.