Ross Creek Centre for the Arts
The Ross Creek Centre provides an experiences for artists who wish to live in a retreat setting while in an artistic venue. Their Colony and Residency programs provide a rural environment along with the gifts of time and space to inspire talented artists of all disciplines. A Ross Creek Colony consists of use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for between two and eight weeks. Both residencies and colony programs bring emerging and established artists of all disciplines and cultures together for 4-12 week retreats staying onsite in the 95 year old farmhouse and using their facilities.
A colony is an experience where the visiting artist wishes to work without reference to the Centre’s wider community. There is usually only one moment where they will be asked to interact with the public during their stay, if appropriate. The identified project for the artist is paramount and their complete focus.
A residency is also project based, but also provides many possibilities to interact with the community, as a teacher or mentor. Residencies see the artist engaging the community through programs developed in conjunction with the programming staff and administered by Ross Creek. They match artists’ interests and skills with the needs of the community to provide the rural community with the best possible experience. Sometimes, they accept residencies for a particular piece of art to be created at the Centre, especially large scale sculpture or garden works that can live in the landscape there. The outreach and education programs bring professional colony artists together with the community.
They accept applications year round and review them monthly on the 10th of each month.
Residency Artists are asked to teach a workshop and have the possibility of a presentation of their work if desired and space and time permits. Colony artists have no expectations for public interaction.
They have 4 individual studios ranging from 2.5 metres by 3 metres to 3.5 by 6 metres, and two performing arts studios which are 10 x 10 metres, with technical equipment and high ceilings with no columns for performing artists. Many are equipped with sinks and there is an outdoor workshop for artists working in wood and other materials. There are also two galleries, and a library.
Individual artists have their own bedroom, and collaborative artists might share a room, depending on the time of year. Shared bathrooms, shared common areas.
They have a cultural library, stage lighting, projectors, and basic art equipment (easels, etc).
Set on 178 acres of farm and forest overlooking the Bay of Fundy, in Nova Scotia, Ross Creek is an idyllic location for those looking for mental and physical space to create, to think, to focus. The centre is not within walking distance to the local town, but walking trails, off-site trips to our local university town, and to cultural attractions as desired.