By Heather Ramsay, Parks Canada
Have you always wanted to be like the Group of Seven? Once again, a group of artists will travel into Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site to be inspired by the “Islands of Beauty” and transform that inspiration into a unique exhibition of works that will be shared with islanders and visitors alike, creating connections to this incredible place.
This is the third year Gwaii Haanas and the Haida Gwaii Museum are collaborating to offer an artist residency program among the remote islands and secluded bays at the south end of Haida Gwaii. Artists will embark on a week-long field trip in June 2014.
The last trip was held in 2012, when artists Fanny-Pierre Galarneau (Montréal), Janice Tanton (Canmore) and Darrell Oike (Tlell) ventured into the back country of Gwaii Haanas, guided by Parks Canada staff. There, they undertook “artistic research” examining the rich flora and fauna, sea creatures and beach finds, considering the interrelationship between them. The artists then created a body of work based on their experience that was featured at the Haida Gwaii Museum.
The deadline for applications is January 31, 2014. Visit the Parks Canada website for more info.