We are thrilled to announce SOJOURN, a program of residences for equity seeking artists, who since July 2020, have displayed and sold their material creations at Morrow. Weeklong paid residences are open space for these artists to dream, work and play – often experimenting across forms.
Sometimes the artists will open the blinds at Morrow and you will see them working. If BC Health restrictions ease up, they will also invite people to visit their process! Some will be working with Critical Response Facilitator Joyce Rosario via zoom or in person, which is another opportunity to connect with you! Please keep checking back for details. Here’s a calendar of SOJOURN Residences in 2021, with a little message from each artist:
Jess Wilkie April 26 – May 2 I’m excited for the opportunity to further explore and develop my painting and drawing practices at MORROW. Finding spaces separate from home during this pandemic that safely nurture creativity is a rare gift. I want to spend this residency exploring how the experience of movement/dance within my own body can influence how and what I paint. I hope to continue to experiment with abstracting and amplifying the anatomy of humans, animals and other watery bodies. I haven’t yet worked with live models and will be inviting two other artists into the space at different times to exist freely while I reinterpret the “odds” and ends of their bodies through watercolour and ink.
Oksana Augustine May 3 -9 At my Sojourn Residence, I will be spending time painting a select few people’s auras and giving them a general reading about the energy and the colours that surround them. Afterwards, I will be dancing in the space with heightened awareness of my own aura and the energy that fills the space.
Jo Hirabayashi May 13 – 15 I am beyond excited about the opportunity to use this residence to film a segment of a music video for LA based band Media Jeweler as well as workshop some of my own music and video ideas. I have spent time in maybe maximum 3 spaces for the last year due to the pandemic, so the opportunity to get to work in another space is very inspiring for me. As a musician during covid, it’s rare to get the opportunity to work outside of my own practice space and I look forward to a fresh and clean space to help inspire fresh and new ideas.
Shion Skye Carter May 16 – 23 During my Sojourn Residence, I’ll be diving into movement research for my project Flow Tide, a duet in collaboration with local Japanese calligraphy artist Kisyuu. First created in Summer 2020 as a short film, I’ll recontextualize ideas from the film version of Flow Tide into a live performance, to further explore the relationship between movement and the traditional art of Japanese calligraphy. I’m curious to see how the calligraphy tools and the lasting, visual shapes on paper created by sumi ink influence and interfere with embodied impulses, and how it overlaps with a meditative and task-based approach to choreography. I am incredibly grateful to have the support of Dumb Instrument Dance, to embark on this first phase of research.
Vines Arts Festival Resilient Roots Program May 31 – June 4Huge Thanks to Vines Arts Festival for partnering with us and introducing 2 artists from its Resilient Roots Program to us! We look forward to supporting your work through Sojourn!
Roxanne Nesbitt July 19 – 25 During this residency I will hang a selection of my handmade ceramic bells at the morrow space. In addition to sounding, the bells are translucent and spin when struck, allowing for a strong visual component during performance. I am exploring the bells as a hinge between instrument and installation. . I hope to share a piece made at Morrow with a small audience if Covid restrictions allow. If not, to film the exploration and project the sound out of the window for passerbys to hear
Peggy Lee July 26 – August 1 For my Sojourn Residence, I plan to be working on music, practicing, composing, engaging with anyone who stops by if they would like. I will end each day with a short performance and plan to invite other musicians to join me in improvising and trying scores that I compose.
Sarah Wong August 2 -8 I am interested in researching my ancestry and in building scores using my body in relationship to textiles and text, forming supportive installation structures that tend to the body’s need for rest. I look forward to working through a Critical Response Process to have my ideas reflected through other people’s perceptions and to having time alone and with people while in residence at Morrow
Jackson Chien October 4 – 10 Jackson is interested in having this opportunity to create dialogue with a community of artists, to be inspired by what the artists are working on, sensing the bigger picture to paint, create prints or sketch during this inspirational process. Other artists could be invited to move (COVID safely) to generate dialogue and improvise with painting, sketches and printmaking. The result could be shared with each other and guests to continually inspire and nourish each other’s creative soul from different generations and diasporic roots.
Hayley Gawthrop October 11 – 18 I’m interested in building life sized, felted sculptures of parts of the human body that I believe we sexualize, fetishize or feminize through compulsory conditioning. I want to explore objectification and absurdity using these props for research and intimate performances at Morrow.
Stephanie Ameyaw November 29 – December 4 During the residence I will bring Ankara fabric and sewing machine to create masks and accessories that source my Ghanaian roots and my personal inspiration story behind the art I make. I am acutely aware of the lack of supportive and intentional creative spaces and am thankful there are spaces like Morrow that offers BIPOC creatives a space to create, work and showcase the diversity of Vancouver’s local artists.
Sauha Lee December 5 – 11 During my week at Morrow for Sojourn I will create and install an installation of repurposed papers fused with plant clippings. I would like to do an installation performance and also to offer papermaking workshops to people in person or via zoom. The process I use involves hand beating old paper and plants to create material for pulp paintings.
An integral part of these residences is a wonderful team or artists who will support by facilitating Critical Response Process, videoing and hosting the space:
Joyce RosarioCritical Response Process Facilitator
Shana WolfeDance Artist Host
SOJOURN is made possible through the generous support of The British Columbia Arts Council and City Of Vancouver Cultural Services.
Huge thanks also to Vines Arts Festival for partnering with us!