The Artist Salon Series features art professionals leading inspirational artist talks and/or professional development for visual artists.
The May session features Branscombe House Artist in Residence, Lou Sheppard. Lou will talk about their current work and research in Richmond, and what they hope an artist in residence can offer to a city, especially during the current pandemic.
Join us to learn more about Lou’s art practice and artist residencies.
About the Artist:
Lou Sheppard is a Canadian artist working in interdisciplinary audio, performance and installation based practice. Of settler ancestry, Sheppard was raised on unceded Mi’Kmaq territory, and is based in Halifax/K’jipuktuk. Sheppard graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006 and then studied English and Education at Mount Saint Vincent University. Sheppard has exhibited work both in Canada and internationally, notably in the first Toronto Biennial, in the first Antarctic Biennale and the Antarctic Pavilion in Venice. In 2017 Sheppard received the Emerging Atlantic Artist Award and in 2018 they were an international residency recipient of the Sobey Art Award for a residency at ISCP in Brooklyn. They were long listed again in 2020. Sheppard has been an artist in residence at The Doris McCarthy Artist in Residence Program, Banff Centre for the Arts, Cite des Arts in Paris, in the Faculty of Education at McGill University, and at Struts Gallery and Faucet New Media Centre in Sackville, New Brunswick. They are currently Artist in Residence at Branscombe House with the City of Richmond, British Columbia, working on a series of community engaged projects that respond to the effects of climate change in the local area.
Sheppard’s artistic research reflects their background in critical theory and social activism. They are interested in languages, both as systems of notation and communication, as well as systems that structure and enact power. By looking to authoritative texts like environmental data, diagnostic criteria, government policy, and dictionary definitions, their work attempts to make these systems and structures of power legible. Using processes of metaphor, translation, semiotic shift, and close reading, their work is evidenced through written, graphic and visual scores. The performance of these scores often leads them to collaborate with communities and with other artists, including musicians, visual artists and performing artists.
The Richmond Art Gallery’s Artist Salon Series is a free monthly program for artists to connect, network, socialize and learn from each other. In response to the temporary closure of the Richmond Art Gallery due to the current global health pandemic, RAGA has launched our public programs online to encourage dialogue and connection in the era of physical distancing. Everyone is invited to join through the webinar platform Zoom.