Access Gallery is an artist-run-centre, dedicated to supporting emergent and experimental art practices. They enable critical conversations and risk taking through new configurations of audience, artists and community. They invite submissions for their travelling artist residency program, in partnership with Burrard Arts Foundation and with Contraste agence d’art, titled Twenty-Three Days at Sea. Twenty-Three Days at Sea is unique: it will offer selected artists passage aboard a cargo ship sailing from Vancouver, Canada to Shanghai, China. Crossing the Pacific Ocean takes approximately twenty-three days, during which time the artist will be considered “in residence” aboard the vessel.
The objective of this residency program is to encourage the production of new artwork (which, depending upon the artists’ practices, may take place aboard the vessel or in the months following); to facilitate residency artists’ engagement with new networks in Asia, considering linkages between places on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean; and to introduce this new body of work to audiences in Vancouver through a subsequent exhibition. For the extent of the residency voyage, artists will also be requested to keep a daily “log.” Subsequently published by Access, these log books, which may or may not comprise the new work produced, will accumulate as an ongoing collection of book works, chronicling diverse responses to a shared experience of being at sea.
Onboad a ship (no internet, and can be unpredictable).
The freighter ship leaves from Vancouver and disembarks in Shanghai, China.