Pierre Lassonde Artist-in-Residence Program
The Pierre Lassonde Artist-in-Residence Program was created in 2021. This annual non-recurring residency will support the research, development, and creation of a project proposed by a successful professional visual artist. The selected artist will develop a project in the Pierre Lassonde School of Fine Arts on the Mount Allison University campus over the residency period. Working in the context of an undergraduate Fine Arts program, the Artist-in-Residence will engage with students, faculty, and the greater university community as they develop their research.
The Pierre Lassonde Artist-in-Residence will be appointed in the School of Fine Arts for a six-month period, from January to June, and will be supported with suitable office space, shared work space, and administrative support. The Artist-in-Residence will coordinate with the Head of the School of Fine Arts to engage students and faculty in their residency project.
The Residency offers a salary over the six-month period, funding to employ student assistants, and a Research, Travel and Expense account. The Artist-in-Residence will work primarily on campus to develop their proposed project, employ student intern(s) to assist in the development of their project, present public talks, exhibitions, or equivalent events, participate in departmental talks or activities during the winter semester, and be available to meet with students (individually or coordinated with classes).
2022 Pierre Lassonde Artist-in-Residence
The Pierre Lassonde School of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that Tara Bursey has been selected as the inaugural 2022 Pierre Lassonde Artist-in-Residence. The Hamilton, Ontario-based artist was selected from nearly 60 applicants. Bursey will develop a project in the Pierre Lassonde School of Fine Arts on the Mount Allison University campus over a six-month period, from January to July 2022.
Tara Bursey is an interdisciplinary artist, arts worker, and educator, with a keen interest and background in labour history and working-class identity. For the Pierre Lassonde School of Fine Arts residence program, Tara will draw from personal experiences in art production, mentorship, gallery education, programming, and curatorial practice. Their project will hold space for interdisciplinary creation and inquiry connecting the labour history of New Brunswick with the labour of artists and cultural workers today.
"I will use my residency to engage students in collaborative work that reflects their interests and ideas about art and labour through conversations, workshops, and meetings in an 'open studio.' The residency would be an opportunity for the cross-pollination of ideas of students, faculty, and visitors, and a sustained exploration of how art, craft, exhibition-based practices, publishing, and print production can be a vehicle for critically connecting the past and present realities of artists, and other working people." - Tara Bursey