Branscombe House Artist Residency
Paige Gratland, 2019 Branscombe House Artist-in Residence.
Paige’s projects move playfully across media and include video, performance, sculpture and printmaking. She employs a range of creative strategies in her artistic practice to provide unique opportunities for interpersonal and intergenerational exchange.
Applying her background in video and film, Paige will host a series of film screenings, hands-on workshops and collaborative projects through the lens of a queer feminist, artist and labourer. Visit Paige's 2019 Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence blog
Leather Craft Workshop
Sunday, March 24,
12:00 - 4:00 pm
4900 Steveston Highway
Free. Registration is required.
Class size limited. Age 16+
Join 2019 Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence, Paige Gratland and learn how to craft your own leather emblem using basic techniques from traditional cowboy boot design.
Each participant will be provided a stencil to learn how to translate an image into overlay and inlay. The group will use a skiving knife to bring a piece of leather to feather edge, cut, assemble, glue and hammer their very own leather patch. This workshop will introduce sewing with a roller foot. If equipped, feel free to complete sewing at home, or you can have Paige finish it for pick up at a later date. More info and registration.
Lunch 'n' Learn
Setting the Table: Artist Talk with Kristin Nelson and Weaving Workshop
Thursday, March 28, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Richmond Cultural Centre Boardroom, 7700 Minoru Gate
Free. Registration required.
Materials supplied and no expereince needed.
Bring your lunch and join Paige Gratland and Kristin Nelson for the first event in the Setting the Table series - a series of artist talks and weaving workshops that explore how different people can be in community and support one another. Following each talk, Paige Gratland will lead the group in an activity to help weave a portion of the place setting for the Branscombe House Pride Picnic and Social in August.
Kristin Nelson investigates the value of labour as seen through a disability studies lens and the body’s inevitable disintegration in time. By creating everyday utilitarian objects through time consuming practices such as weaving, Nelson questions the value of all mass manufactured objects and situates her work within the philosophical and theoretical discourses about labour. Her attempt to reposition how we view labour places value on the body itself, instead of on what the body produces.
Setting the Table is a showcase of LGBTQ2S artists, activists and leaders who present work on intersectional issues and allyship. More info and registration.
|Photo credit Sarah Race Photography|
Paige’s 2019 artist residency, titled ODD JOB, will explore the various kinds of employment artists take to support their creative ambitions. Applying her background in video, film and artist multiples, Paige will host a series of screenings, hands-on workshops (leather craft, casting/mold making) and collaborative projects to explore best practices through the lens of a queer, feminist, artist and labourer.
While at Branscombe House, Paige Gratland will initiate research and development for a documentary/fiction film that follows the work and lives of flight crews. Her hybrid approach involves assembling historical and documentary footage and conducting interviews with flight attendants as the basis for a narrative script. Her methodology is influenced by movements in autobiographical theatre that use oral history to develop storylines about real people and their lived experience. As Richmond is home to Vancouver International Airport and has a rich aviation history, Branscombe House will provide the ideal space for Paige to undertake this project.
Paige Gratland studied film production at Ryerson University and her experimental films are distributed by Vtape (Toronto). In 2013, she traveled to New Mexico to learn the traditional techniques of boot making from a third generation master, Deana McGuffin. The experience introduced her to a new artform with deep folk traditions that inspired her to make a short documentary, Bootwmn, about her mentor.
Bootwmn has been screened at over 50 film festivals in 9 countries including Hot Docs (Toronto), Frameline (San Francisco) and Outfest (LA). The film received audience awards in Seattle (US), Perth (AU) and Brighton (UK) and has been licensed for streaming and broadcast on OutTV.
Her work has been published in The Walrus, Geist, Spacing and Phaidon’s Art and Queer Culture and is held in collection at the National Gallery of Canada’s Artist Multiple Library (Ottawa) and the Getty Research Institute Harmony Hammond Archive (Los Angeles).
About the Branscombe House Artist Residency
Branscombe House is located at 4900 Steveston Highway and is one of the earliest homes built in the area; as such it is significant for its historical association to Steveston and for reflecting the pattern of commercial and related residential development that occurred in Steveston’s early history.
The Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence is selected annually via an Open Call.
_______________________________________________________ _ 2018 Artist in Residence: Keely O'Brien
2017 Artist in Residence: Barbara Meneley
2016 Artist in Residence: Rhonda Weppler