Lauren Crazybull is Alberta’s first provincial Artist in Residence.
Lauren Crazybull is a Blackfoot Dene visual artist currently residing in Edmonton. Her art expresses ideas of loss, reclamation, and survival through painting, illustration, comics and portraiture. Her work has been published in Canadian Art Magazine and The Walrus, and she was the recent Artist in Residence for McLuhan House. She has also collaborated on multi-disciplinary projects with Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society and for the SkirtsAfire Festival. Lauren’s work is informed by her experience organizing, advocating and promoting dialogue about key issues affecting Indigenous peoples.
My practice is heavily informed by volunteering in community radio for years and working with youth in Edmonton’s inner city. Through this work, I have learned about incredible art that exists in and outside gallery walls that I believe has the potential to expand our understanding of one another greatly and initiate change for the better.
I think Alberta has a thriving community of artists who offer us so much richness in so many ways. I look forward to beginning this residency and meeting artists across Alberta to paint a portrait that threads stories and history together. It is my hope that folks who see the finished piece will find a greater sense of connection to the land and the people Indigenous to it. Language is a gift from our ancestors who, through pure resilience and strength, kept it alive for us – I’d like to take every opportunity to honour that.
Being given the opportunity to further pursue and broaden my practice in this way is a great honour and I can’t wait to share the journey and process with everyone.
Lauren’s proposed project during her term as Artist in Residence is to create an illustrative, painted map of Alberta that highlights Indigenous stories throughout the province. The piece will take the form of a large canvas or mural of stories, and will use portraits and Indigenous languages ‘collaged’ to create a unifying artwork. To create this work, Lauren will visit 10 different communities in Alberta.
The finished artwork will be presented as a map that includes Indigenous names for different markers and histories in Alberta. It will be accompanied by an hour-long audio production designed to thread the various visual stories and histories together.
Follow Lauren’s activities on the Alberta Artist in Residence Instagram page at @ab_artistinresidence.
The Artist in Residence is anticipated to attend events during:
- Alberta Culture Days
- the presentation of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards
- the presentation of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Awards
- Month of the Artist events
Apply to host the Artist in Residence
Community organizations and arts stakeholders are encouraged to invite the Artist in Residence for a meeting or to attend a local event. The artist may accept or decline community invitations depending on her schedule. The Artist in Residence will not accept compensation to attend these community visits.
Communities applying to host the Artist in Residence may be required to cover associated travel and accommodations. The Artist in Residence will be traveling across the province throughout the year. If the Artist must travel more than 50 km to attend your invitation, the host organization will be required to cover associated costs, which may include travel, accommodations, and per diems. If the nature of the invitation requires the purchase of materials, these costs will be covered by the host organization.
Fill out the following form to invite the Artist in Residence for a visit or a meeting. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance of the planned event/meeting. Staff from Alberta Culture and Tourism will review your application and liaise with the Artist in Residence.
Submission of this application form does not guarantee the Artist in Residence’s attendance of the proposed invitation.
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Please connect with the Artist in Residence through Alberta Culture and Tourism, Arts Branch:
Alberta Culture and Tourism, Arts Branch
10708 105 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 0A1