The Vorres Museum, a non-for-profit institution and the brainchild of Ian Vorres, a visionary Greek Canadian who had dedicated his life in building cultural bridges between the two countries, has launched the annual Vorres Residency program. Through the Residency the Museum will strengthen the existing bi-cultural Canada-Greece ties and in the process assert the museums role as the ‘Canada House' in Athens.
- aims to provide emerging and mid-career Canadian visual artists- all media - art historians, theorists and curators the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of Greek contemporary art through their engagement with the permanent collection of the museum and immerse themselves in creative activities of their choice.
- is committed to introduce the selected resident to local practicing artists, historians and curators in the spirit of cross-cultural exchange that will hone existing skills, promote individual relationships and explore new creative directions.
- will provide the support needed in the mounting of an exhibition of work in progress or completed, if the resident so desires.
The artist-in-residency for 2017 is Dr. Jean-René Leblanc.
Dr. Jean-René Leblanc is an Associate professor in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and he is not a stranger to the Vorres Museum: Jean-René was one of the three participating artists in our exhibition Bodies, Differently (2015). Leblanc’s practice is focused but not limited to digital media, cultural issues and critical theory. For his stay with us in May 2017, he plans to use infra-red photography, interactive performance and video to document and generate dialogue between --and about-- contemporary and historical landscapes and economic practices.
Eveline Kolijn (2015) said about her time at the Vorres Museum: The Museum is a place of beauty, harmony and reflection. It gave me inspiration, peace and quiet to pursue new directions, improvise and create new works that were exhibited in Alberta, Canada as well as in Chongqing, China. In the images that follow: a composite of exhibited works as well as visual diary from her work space at Vorres.
Allyson Glenn (2016), an Associate Professor in the Arts Department of the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, said about her time at the Vorres Residency: “I was most fascinated by the maze-like architectural grounds that surround the Folklore section containing countless sculpture replicas of gods, demi-gods and mythological characters. I used the month-long residency to explore this section and to gather several on-site sketches, paintings, and photographic collages. In Canada, these images will be used to develop a series of paintings entitled Kingdom (Passage).”