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New Community Art Project Launched in Prince George, BC

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By Roxanne Toronto | filed in Emily Carr Stories

Posted on September 15, 2016 | Updated June 10, 2019, 11:07AM

The Neighbourhood Time Exchange | Downtown Prince George is an innovative artist residency program that will host nine artists partnered with Prince George organizations to realize projects concentrated in the downtown core.

We're pleased to announce the launch of a new program this fall in downtown Prince George. The Neighbourhood Time Exchange | Downtown Prince George is an innovative artist residency program that will host nine artists partnered with Prince George organizations to realize projects concentrated in the downtown core. Over the next 8 months, for every hour artists spend in studio, they will in turn provide an hour of service to the community.

Starting this September, visiting and local artists will take residence in Prince George and, while expanding their artistic practices, will work directly in partnership with Downtown Prince George and a variety of participating organizations including Two Rivers Gallery, the Prince George Public Library, Innovation Central Society, and the Recycling and the Environmental Action Planning Society (REAPS). Through these collaborations a number of community projects will be realized and directly contribute to the social, creative and economic well-being of Prince George’s downtown.

"Downtown Prince George expects this project to enhance our work through ‘place identity’ and to become a catalyst for animating the public and private realm."

Colleen Van Mook, Executive Director, Downtown Prince George

ECU's Justin Langlois, Assistant Professor, and Kate Armstrong, Director, Living Labs Research Centre are spearheading this project in Prince George and the combination of the faculty, researchers, resources, partners and artists will culminate in a new cultural experience and development of the downtown core of the city.

“This project is so exciting because it opens up how we think about artists being involved in communities, and in turn, how communities become involved in artists’ practices. Working with Emily Carr alumni and a number of other engaging artists from across Canada will help us to explore the impacts of art and design in dynamic communities like Prince George."

Justin Langlois, ECU Assistant Professor/ designer and curator of Neighbourhood Time Exchange

The 8-month project will host the following Artists in Residence:

  • Rachel and Sarah Seburn  (Edmonton, AB + Emily Carr Alumni)
  • Lily Mead Martin (Vancouver, BC + Emily Carr Alumni)
  • Alana Bartol (Windsor, ON,) 
  • David Jacob Harder (Well, BC)
  • Eric Moschopedia and Mia Rushton (Calgary, AB + Emily Carr Alumni)
  • Michelle Fu (Vancouver, BC + Emily Carr Alumni)


“Emily Carr’s participation provides us with another platform to showcase our work and engage with a new community while exploring ideas around art, design and making in Prince George. "

Kate Armstrong, Drirector, Living Labs

The Neighbourhood Time Exchange | Downtown Prince George aligns with Emily Carr’s mandate to research broader audience in communities outside the lower mainland and showcases innovative approaches in the fields of art, design, media and research while providing diverse opportunities to solutions and new models of engagement. Neighbourhood Time Exchange is a research project and residency program designed and curated by Justin Langlois and the project in Prince George is a partnership between Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Downtown Prince George. Through this partnership Downtown Prince George will look to engage and collaborate with other Prince George organizations, groups and individuals who wish to capitalize on the assets, inspiration and potential of Prince George's downtown.

To find out more about the project visit: neighbourhoodtime.exchange or visit the storefront studio on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at 1119 3rd Ave, Prince George.