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Florian Vorreiter – 2016 Major Arts Grant

Florian Vorreiter grew up in Kreuzberg, Berlin. At age fifteen he was mentored in airbrushing technique by visual artist Gernot Bubenik, which left a deep impression on Florian’s visual arts style and technique for years to come.

Florian caught his first glimpse of the wonders of lutherie when he saw his father restore a banjo in Malta, and later when he visited the Tanbur builder and musician Izzedin Temo in his workshop near Troyes, France. Florian then pursued his lutherie studies in Hallstatt, Austria and Markneukirchen, Germany. He immigrated to Canada in 2007.

Florian’s most recent work has explored (and crossed) the very boundaries of contemporary experimental guitar building and performed rigorous scientific research on historical Spanish guitars.…

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Diana Thorneycroft – 2016 Major Arts Grant

Known for making art that hovers on the edge of public acceptance, visual artist Diana Thorneycroft has pursued topics that often challenged her viewing audience.  She arrived on the national art scene in the early 1990s with her highly charged black and white self-portraits photographs that explored issues around sexual identity and the body in pain. From 2005 to 2015 Thorneycroft’s interest in Canadian identity emerged as she completed four different bodies of work that investigated and subverted notions of “Canadian-ness”.

Thorneycroft’s most recent body of work is an installation entitled Herd. A major component is the presentation of 150 plastic toy horses (half of which have been altered), ascending a 40 foot ramp.…

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Méira Cook – 2016 Major Arts Grant

Writer Méira Cook’s first novel, The House on Sugarbush Road (Enfield & Wizenty), won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award in 2013. Her latest novel, Nightwatching (HarperCollins), has recently been nominated for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. She has published five poetry collections, most recently Monologue Dogs (Brick), which has been nominated for the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry and for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year. She won the CBC Poetry Prize in 2007 and the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize in 2012. In 2011, she served as Writer in Residence at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, and was the 2013-14 Writer in Residence at the Winnipeg Public Library.…

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Diana Thorneycroft
2016 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction

Diana Thorneycroft is the 2016 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction recipient. The recognition comes with $30,000 for the artist, and is the Manitoba Arts Council’s award for the highest level of excellence and long-term achievements of an artist in Manitoba.

Diana Thorneycroft

Diana Thorneycroft

“Congratulations to Diana for this well-deserved recognition. It is a remarkable achievement to be recognized by your peers and awarded this honour.  It speaks to Diana’s innovative work which continues to provoke thought and expand our understanding of the world that surrounds us.”

Aimée Craft, Chair of the Manitoba Arts Council

Known for making art that hovers on the edge of public acceptance, Thorneycroft has pursued topics that often challenged her viewing audience.…

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Kevin Ei-ichi deForest – 2016 Brooklyn Visual Arts Residency

Kevin Ei-ichi deForest is the artist-in-residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, New York from April 15th to June 30th, 2016. Kevin’s work is involved with the representation of hybrid identity, with a focus on his cultural heritage as a suburban Canadian mid-westerner of Japanese and European descent. His primary media of choice has been painting as well as video installation and he has a longstanding engagement with popular culture, particularly pop music. www.kevindeforest.ca


While in Brooklyn, Kevin will focus on producing a series of paintings that continues his exploration of hapa culture through both pop culture references and the representation of his parents and their mixed race identity.…

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Craig Love – 2016 Basse-Normandie Creative Residency

Craig-Love-ThumbnailCraig Love is the artist-in-residence at Usine UTOPIK from March 15th to April 30th, 2016. Craig is an artist who focuses his energies on painting, drawing, writing and book publishing. He studied Fine Arts at both the University of Manitoba and Parson’s School of Design at the New School for Social Research, where he attained his MFA in 2004. He has shown his work in galleries in Winnipeg, New York, Toronto, South America, Germany and Australia. He has also had solo and group exhibitions in New York and Istanbul with Susan Inglett. His work has been shown in a U-haul truck, a haunted monastery, the highland landscape of Aberdeenshire, and in a rented room at the Chelsea Hotel.…

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Kevin Nikkel – 2016 Churchill Artists’ Residency

Kevin Nikkel is a writer/producer/director based in Winnipeg, Canada, and is the artist-in-residence at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre February 17 to 29, 2016. His films have reached audiences internationally at festivals, on television, and on the web. His first feature documentary, On the Trail of the Far Fur Country, won the Colin Low Award for Best Canadian Documentary at Vancouver’s DOXA Film Festival in 2015. Kevin is an active member of the Winnipeg Film Group and juggles his time between filmmaking, parenting, and teaching. He completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Manitoba and has a Master of Adult Education from St.…

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Megan D. Krause – 2016 Churchill Artists’ Residency

Megan D. Krause is the artist-in-residence at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre February 1 to 14, 2016. She has received various awards, including the Nellie McClung Arts Legacy Award, for her surreal landscapes and is represented by Gurevich Fine Art in Winnipeg. Megan teaches at the Community School of Music and the Arts and at the WAG Studios. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours in Painting from the University of Manitoba.

Residency Project

Megan will start a new series of landscape paintings to explore both romantic and gruelling depictions of the north, while experiencing it firsthand.…

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October 19 – November 6: Alexandra Elliott embarks on a self-directed residency at Centre Q in Quebec

At-Your-Own-Risk-(NO-TEXT)-copyBorn and raised in Winnipeg, Alexandra Elliott is a dedicated contemporary dancer and choreographer who began her training at The School of Contemporary Dancers at the age of four. She graduated from The School of Contemporary Dancers Senior Professional Program and received a BA Honours Degree in Dance from the University of Winnipeg in 2004. Alexandra was a company dancer for four years with Ruth Cansfield Dance before joining the Young Lungs Dance Exchange to pursue choreography where she stayed for seven years. Alexandra is now the Artistic Director of Alexandra Elliott Dance.

Alexandra has self-presented her own productions and has over ten original works that have been produced in Winnipeg and New York.…

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Robert Archambeau
2014 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction

Internationally acclaimed ceramic artist and potter, Robert Archambeau has been named the tenth recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council’s Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction. Archambeau was nominated by the Manitoba Craft Council for achieving the highest level of artistic excellence while building a monumental legacy in the field of ceramics on a provincial, national, and international level.

Robert Archambeau was born and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. Following 4 years in the Marines, he attended undergraduate school at Toledo University, the Toledo Museum of Art School and Bowling Green State University (Ohio BFA). He received his MFA degree from Alfred University in 1964.…

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Diana Thorneycroft – 2015 Deep Bay Artists’ Residency


Diana Thorneycroft is in residence at the Deep Bay cabin from August 31 to Septembre 13.

The Artist — Diana Thorneycroft is a Winnipeg artist who has exhibited various bodies of work across Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as in Moscow, Tokyo and Sydney. After teaching as a sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art for 25 years, in 2010 been focusing on her studio practice full time. Thorneycroft has gallery representation in Los Angeles, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal, London (Ontario) and Paris.

Residency Project — In 2012 Thorneycroft began altering plastic toy horses, and to date, has completed over 5 dozen.…

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Angeline Schellenberg is in residence at the Deep Bay Cabin July 20 – August 2

angeline-schellenbergThe Artist: Angeline is a Winnipeg poet anticipating the launch of her first collection with Brick Books in fall 2016. She won third prize in the 2014 Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award Contest and was shortlisted for Arc‘s 2015 Poem of the Year. Angeline’s poetry has appeared in Prairie Fire, CV2, TNQ, Rhubarb, Room, Geez, The Society, anthologies, and her recent chapbook Roads of Stone.

Residency Project: Angeline will divide her time between final edits on her 100-page book of poems about mothering children on the autism spectrum and the creation of new poems about her Mennonite grandparents – playing with childhood memories, love letters, genealogies, old photographs, and images from nature.…

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Curtis Wiebe – 2015 Deep Bay Artists’ Residency


Curtis Wiebe is in residence at the Deep Bay Cabin August 10 – 23

The Artist: Curtis Wiebe is a multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker. Identifiable by flights of the fantastic in settings of winter forests and prairie landscapes, Wiebe’s art is full of imaginative characters brought to life as puppets and elaborate costumes.  He has won the award for best Manitoba short film twice at the Gimli film festival and has had his short films screened at festivals all over the world including New York, Germany, France, Israel and Serbia.

Residency Project: Curtis will be mixing different media with filmmaking techniques in a series of tableaux that feature the natural setting of Riding Mountain National Park as the backdrop.…

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Ginny Collins – 2015 Churchill Artists’ Residency

Ginny Collins is the artist-in-residence at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) July 21 – 30, 2015. Ginny is a playwright based in Winnipeg, Manitoba and a member of the Prairie Theatre Exchange Playwrights Unit. Her play Good Intentions was part of Winnipeg Jewish Theatre’s 2013/2014 season. She is currently under commission by Prairie Theatre Exchange to write Revenge & Co., which was read in 2015 as part of the Carol Shields Festival. She is also being commissioned by Cercle Molière for a French/English co-production with Prairie Theatre Exchange. Her play, The Good Daughter, was published in the Breakout Anthology and was Best of Fest at the 2014 Winnipeg Fringe Festival.…

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Laura Magnusson – 2015 Churchill Artists’ Residency

Laura Magnusson is a Winnipeg-based multidisciplinary artist with a BFA Honours from the University of Manitoba. Her predominately sculptural work combines architectural and organic elements to create precarious narratives that investigate ideas of loss, memory, and worth.

Residency Project

During her stay at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, Laura will produce written and visual content for an artist’s book which will examine her experiences in the region over the past five years.…

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Maggie Ross – 2015 Deep Bay Artists’ Residency

maggie handbuilding by tim froese

Maggie Ross is in residence at the Deep Bay Cabin September 14 – 20

The Artist: Maggie Ross is a photographer who became a ceramicist, and then thought, “Why choose?” She received an interdisciplinary BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2008. Equally passionate about community arts programming and community gardens, Maggie lives in Winnipeg (though her heart is in rural Manitoba!) and is an active member of The Edge Clay Centre.

Residency Project: Forest Bride is a new body of ceramic work exploring the ancient and inextricable connection between women, pottery, and plants. Maggie will be producing a sculptural piece using hand building techniques influenced by local traditional Woodland pottery production and decorated using flora and found objects from the site.…

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Tracy Peters – 2015 Deep Bay Artists’ Residency


Tracy Peters is in residence at the Deep Bay Cabin September 21 – October 4

The Artist: Tracy Peters is a Winnipeg-based artist who uses photography, video and installation to explore the ways that organic and human-built environments overlap. In the past year, Tracy has had solo exhibitions at aceartinc. in Winnipeg, the Comox Valley Art Gallery in Courtney, B.C., and The Social Studios and Gallery in Derry, Northern Ireland, where she has recently completed an international residency through a partnership with Void Gallery.

Residency Project: Tracy will create a new series of photo-lumen prints inspired by the decline and regeneration of a forest floor.…

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Daniel Koulack – 2015 Deep Bay Artists’ Residency

Daniel-Koulack,-Manitoba-Music-Photo-Sean-McManus-square-webThe Artist: Daniel Koulack a respected multi-instrumentalist and multi-genre performer in the Canadian Music scene. Daniel’s music can be heard on his two albums of original instrumental music for five string banjo Clawhammer Your Way To The Top, and Life On A String. Both of these recordings were nominated for Juno s in the Best Roots/Traditional category.

Residency Project: During his stay at Deep Bay Daniel will be writing new music for the five string banjo.

Meet the Artist: Friday August 28th at 2 p.m. at the Lawn Bowling Greens. At the meet the artist event, Daniel will play both brand new and old compositions for the banjo, and will discuss the unique properties of the 5 string banjo as well as his own “artistic process”.…

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Senior arts leader Douglas Riske to retire
as Executive Director

Douglas Riske

“Douglas has skilfully, wisely and passionately guided the Manitoba Arts Council for the past 17 years. I want to thank him for his tremendous contribution, not only to MAC but also to the quality of life in Manitoba and to the Canadian arts and cultural community.”

-Keith Bellamy, Chair, MAC

“I have very mixed feelings about leaving the world of support to the arts. The opportunity to work at the Manitoba Arts Council, one of the ten provincial funding agencies in Canada, has been a once-in-a-lifetime professional opportunity. The knowledge and experience acquired in my years as an artistic director and cultural manager did not fully prepare me for the amazing passion and extraordinary scope and scale of the arts in Manitoba.

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July 12 – July 25: Freya Björg Olafson self-directed residency at Centre Q in Quebec

Freya Björg Olafson is an intermedia artist who works with video, audio, painting and performance. She completed a Master of Fine Arts Degree in New Media from the Transart Institute / Donau Universität in Krems, Austria in 2007. Freya’s solo performance AVATAR received the Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award at the Summerworks Performance Festival in Toronto and subsequently toured across seven provinces in Canada, four states in the United States, three cities in Ecuador, Iceland and Germany. To develop her work Freya has benefitted from residencies; most recently through EMPAC – Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center in Troy, New York. …

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