Monday, 18 July 2011

Paul Neiman's Artist Talk - July 19th @ 7pm

Have you ever wondered what goes into becoming an artist, or why artists do what they do? The Artists in Residency (AIR) program, led by the Municipality’s Culture branch, has a great opportunity to discover how four local, and one visiting artist would answer those questions.

Currently, Lucie Bause, Kriza Borromeo, Carli Gaudet, Megan Green and Paul Niemen are the artists participating in the AIR program. They will each be giving a twenty minute Artist Talk. This series is free to the public and begins next Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Theatre, located in the Keyano Visual & Performing Arts Centre. The series will run every Tuesday (with the exception of August 2nd) from July 19 – August 23, 2011 starting at 7p.m.

The AIR program’s purpose is to provide emerging artists a collaborative environment in which they can create works of visual art. This initial residency is focused on contemporary art within the context of Wood Buffalo and Canada. It has been expressed by the local arts community that there are significant difficulties faced by practicing artists in the Region. The AIR program provides its participants with dedicated studio space for three months at with no associated fee, along with other professional development opportunities. In the Frank Lacoix Arena studio the artists have been creating original works and developing the skill set that will be important for them as they develop their careers in a Canadian context. The AIR program will also include a group show at the end of the Residency in August.

The Artist Talk Series will provide the community with the opportunity to get to know these artists, their practices, history, influences and work. The Talks are a great chance for residents to show their support for the arts.

For more information on the Artist Talk Series, the AIR program or its participants, please visit the Municipal website:


  1. Congratulations on a wonderful artist talk Paul! You did a fantastic job.

    We had a great turn out for this first instalment of the Artist in Residency, Artist Talk Series.

    Please continue to support this AIR Program and the artists involved and come by the Recital Theatre at Keyano next Tuesday at 7pm to participate in the next talk. The July 26th Talk will feature another AIR participant - and local artists, Carli Gaudet!

    We appreciated the continued support of Wood Buffalo residents.

  2. Paul gave a great talk. It was interesting to hear him explain his artistic process and methods.

    I unfortunately won't be able to make next weeks Art Talk due to a prior engagement (sorry Carli), but I will attend the talks on August 9, 16, and 23.

    Great job, Paul! Looking forward to the rest of the Art Talk series.