Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts
Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts & Amphitheatre (KIRA) was established in 2016 in an effort to support the creativity of artists. They hope to promote excellence in the arts both here in Canada as well as in the International scene, all the while benefiting the local community of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, by becoming a cultural destination. A residency at KIRA creates a rewarding and stimulating experience for any participant seeking to advance their artistic journey.
Every year KIRA awards eighteen artists with a one month residency. Artists are provided with individual studio space, comfortable housing, two prepared meals each day, a stipend and live on a historic property in a beautiful seaside town. Artists should bring all supplies and materials needed for their creative process, to ensure availability of required supplies and provisions. As part of the residency, artists will be asked to engage with the community for up to six hours a week. These engagements will vary based on skills and interest and can include a partnership with Kingsbrae Garden which is located just steps away from the residence and studios.
Applications are open to a range of disciplines and types of artists including but not limited to the visual arts, music/composition, writing, new media, and interdisciplinary arts. Artists from all levels in their career who exhibit a strong professional work ethic and a collaborative attitude are encouraged to apply.
Artists have complete artistic freedom to do what they want with their time. The organisers would like to hear from the artists themselves what they expect to accomplish and about how the artists would like to engage with the local community during the Open Studio Saturdays and the final exhibit.
The individual studios are just steps away from the residence. It's a freestanding 300 square foot space equipped with WiFi, a desk, two chairs, an extra work table and running water.
Every artists will stay at a historic estate in a private bedroom with a private bathroom. The living room, TV room, dining room and kitchen area are shared spaces.
Scheduled access to: non-toxic printmaking equipment (portable proofing press suitable for lino block, woodcut, and letter set printing, range of typeset), ceramics equipment (pottery kick-wheels, medium sized kiln, outdoor gas fired kiln), wood shop (chop saws, table saws, planer, clamps, etc.), mechanical shop with a range of basic hand tools and resources.