AIRS is looking for local professional or emerging artists who have a passion for inspiring, mentoring and empowering students through the art making process. Artists should be prepared to work collaboratively with teachers to develop high quality projects that integrate perceptual and technical skill development with curricular learning. Artists should be committed to cultivating an environment of safety for creative expression that honours the diversity of student experience and acknowledges the importance of indigenous perspectives. Artists must have prior experience working with children and be willing to embrace the relational responsibilities and benefits of becoming part of a school community.
Successful artists will develop a vision for their residency, in consultation with teaching staff, for age appropriate, inquiry-based projects that connect learning across the curriculum and explore ideas or issues that are meaningful and relevant to students and their world. The projects can be conceived as individual or collaborative, permanent or ephemeral, and could encompass a range of visual media depending on the expertise of the artist. The residency should provide opportunities for students to develop technical and perceptual skills, confidence in personal expression, and a deeper understanding of the art making process and its relevance for engaging in the world.
Each residency will include a school-based exhibition to showcase student work and learning for the whole school community. Artists will also curate a selection of student work and learning for an AIRS group exhibition at the Vancouver School Board at the end of the school year.
We have a variety of residency opportunities including a mentorship program, short term studio residencies, and full year residencies which range in length from 5 to 30 weeks. We offer industry standard compensation in accordance with CARFAC/RAAV.
“The experience the AIRS program had for me was profound. I cannot imagine my life now without the connections and inspiration the program provided. It is truly amazing to witness and be a part of.”
- AIRS artist Holly Clarke