Inter-disciplinary artist Rita McKeough is undertaking a creative residency from May 23 to July 31, 2017. This program will involve creative research, collaboration with local and visiting artists, a Make Art Event, artist talks, and the art opening of a related exhibition at CVAG. During her initial preparatory visit, from March 20- 25, Rita gave an artist talk at North Island College and gathered information for her summer residency. This summer the artist is residing at McLoughlin Gardens waterfront cottage in Merville. NIC School of Fine Art and Design will be supporting the production of this creative residency.

Rita McKeough’s Birthday Celebration Photo Album

“During my residency at CVAG I have been working at the studios at the Fine Arts program at NIC. With the support and assistance of everyone at CVAG and NIC FA Program I have been working on two new works, which will be shown at the CVAG July 13 with my previous work Veins, shown in the main gallery. I am developing a new installation Listen, which will be installed in the window at CVAG to support and extend Veins. I am also working on a new installation for The George Sawchuk Room at CVAG called Cul-de-sac

I am so grateful to have received so much support and help from everyone at CVAG especially Angela Somerset who has invited me to this residency and given me this amazing opportunity to show my work Veins and to develop these new works. My thanks to everyone at CVAG and to and the Faculty and technicians at NIC Fine Arts program who have assisted with the production of this work. And to Linda Perron and Sara Vipond for their support of this project. I have also been assisted in the production of these new works by Deanna Burnett, Denise Lawson, Jeff Brett, Gordon Ross, Cassidy Gehmlich, Brandon St-Laurent, Krista McAllister, Sharon Karsten, and Lenore Lowe.”                              Rita McKeough



July 2016 marked CVAG’s first creative residency collaboration with the McLoughlin Gardens and North Island College. The residency was connected to the exhibition MAP: Make Art Place, that featured the work of visiting artists Barbara Meneley and Joanne Bristol and local artist Clive Powsey. The visiting artists were residing at the waterfront cottage at McLoughlin Gardens in Merville while they installed their work, conducted artistic research, and interacted with the community. They were also interacting with Clive and making use of facilities at both North Island College and CVAG.

The creative residency of Montreal-based artists Vida Simon and Jack Stanley ran from March 1- 25 2017 and included interaction with the community through performances, a Make Art Project event, Artist Talks at the gallery and North Island College and arts-based research for the ongoing evolution of their work in the exhibition Carried Away.  The artists resided at Creekside Commons Cohousing Community in Courtenay.

CVAG provides creative residencies as part of our programming. For more information, send a message to