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About the Artist-in-Residence Program

In 2016 the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 launched the annual Artist-in-Residence program. The goal of our six-month residency is to enable an artist to create new work that contributes to the Museum’s mandate while advancing their art practice. We hold an annual competition for artists who want to help us share stories of Canadian immigration and identity with visitors. Each competition is themed around a specific exhibition or project. The annual call for applications will be posted on this page.


artist Andrea Tsang

2017 Artist-in-Residence Andrea Tsang Jackson

During her summer residency at the Museum, Andrea Jackson will work with visitors on THE “HERE AND ELSEWHERE” BEE. This project, inspired by the children’s storybook Selina and the Bear Paw Quilt, invites visitors to create a “Bear Paw” quilt block out of pre-cut fabric with adhesive backing. The blocks will form a larger design, representing how personal stories form a collective migration story of coming from “elsewhere”.

Andrea is an emerging textile artist who holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work has been published in Flare, the Chronicle Herald, and The Coast.
Visit Andrea on Tuesdays and Saturdays this summer, in the Canadian Immigration Hall, to contribute to the quilt.

Visit Andrea on Tuesdays and Saturdays this summer, in the Canadian Immigration Hall, to contribute to the quilt.

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Past Projects

2016 - Kyle Jackson

Kyle Jackson is a multidisciplinary artist who works with paint and interactive sculpture. A graduate of NSCADU with a Degree in Painting, Kyle’s art practice is primarily spent creating and building work to charm and engage the world.

During his six month residency at the Museum, Kyle worked with visitors on a project entitled "To Those Still At Sea…". By creating a large scale silhouette sculptural painting of the Empress of Ireland, Kyle illuminated the 102nd year anniversary of the lives lost on the greatest maritime disaster in Canadian history.