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Corner Brook artist humbled by arts residency

Corner Brook’s Meagan Musseau was awarded the 2018 Emerging Atlantic Canada Artist Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
Corner Brook’s Meagan Musseau was awarded the 2018 Emerging Atlantic Canada Artist Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. - Submitted

Meagan Musseau is excited about an opportunity to connect with a community of her peers while fostering her own creative ideas as an emerging artist.

The Corner Brook interdisciplinary artist, a graduate of the fine arts program at Grenfell Campus, has been awarded the 2018 Emerging Atlantic Canada Artist Residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

During her eight-week residency, Musseau will have full access to studios, digital art facilities and interaction with a large community of her peers in a self-directed environment where she will create new pieces of work.

“I am super excited to receive the news and very humbled by it,” Musseau said earlier this week.

One of the neat things about the experience that wasn’t known to her until she was notified about winning the award was that her residency would culminate with a public speaking tour across Canada. Its purpose is to connect east with west and it will allow her to talk about the Banff Centre and showcase her work to the world.

The residency, made possible through a partnership between the Banff Centre, the Hnatyshyn Foundation and the Harrison McCain Foundation, is something Musseau views as a great avenue to extend her work and network with those who share a common thread.

More importantly, she views it as a huge responsibility to take on a public speaking tour — not something she would ever undertake lightly because she’s thankful for what’s being presented to her as an artist.

During the residency, Musseau will create a new body of work entitled “Necklaces Were Born.”

Likely a performance or installation-based body of work, this will be her response to a collection of Beothuk caribou bone pendants she came across during a visit at The Rooms provincial archives in St. John’s.

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