This town is small inc. and Upstreet Craft Brewing are delighted to announce the
selected artists for the second year of the Do Good Residency, happening in May, June and September 2019 at Upstreet’s warehouse in Charlottetown. The program is coordinated by this town is small inc., PEI’s Artist-Run Centre, and supported by Upstreet Craft Brewing’s Do Good Fund for Arts Initiatives.
Each artist will be in residence for a 3-week period and will collaborate with Upstreet on a limited edition beer as well as a special food menu, both to be launched at an artist talk event at the completion of their residency. More details on these events will be released as the residencies progress on this town is small and Upstreet’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
Response to the call for submissions came from professional artists around the world and the jury selected the following three candidates:
In May, Sarah Gignac will be artist-in-residence.
Sarah Gignac is a writer, filmmaker and artist. She wrote and directed two short films (Curtains and Sleeping Beauty) that played in festivals across North America and internationally. Sarah began experimenting with animation during her filmmaker residency in Dawson City. Her first animation, Borscht & Fresh Bread, was inspired by this residency, and has screened in festivals in Canada, Turkey and Ireland. In 2018 she received a Canada Council research and exploration grant to further develop her animation techniques. She was also selected for the Helen Hill Animation Award to develop a short animation, Rage Monster. During her time in Charlottetown with the Do Good Residency, Sarah will be developing a new short animation, Deep Blue.
In June, Peter Christenson will be artist-in-residence.
Peter Christenson is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and educator originally from Metro Detroit. He is co- founder of Left of Centre, a guerrilla-marketing firm and artist collective, the catalyst behind the interventionist collaborative Null Set, and director of the Guest House Cultural Capital Residency scholar program. Christenson’s practice is transdisciplinary, site-responsive, and intermedia implying that he works across (and between) media, tools, genres, and locations. His research and art continue to be significantly informed by his past experiences working as a social worker and licensed psychotherapist, examining the complex sociopolitical, psychological, and cultural systems related to identity, place, and community, while seeking to facilitate constructive change, sustainable placemaking, and civic engagement.
In September, Tanya Davis will be artist in Residence.
Tanya Davis is a writer, musician, and performer originally from PEI. She is past Poet Laureate of Halifax, NS and was the 2016 artist in residence with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine. She has 4 albums and 2 books of poetry and is currently based in Ottawa, where she works part time pushing broom and the rest of the time arranging words into new ideas.