Port Saint John Residency Announcement!

N.B. Artist Sarah Sackville selected for first ever Port Saint John Residency at Saint John Arts Centre

Sussex-based painter Sarah Sackville, a self-described lover of cultural landscapes, has been selected for the first ever Port Saint John artist residency.

Earlier this year, Port Saint John and SJAC announced a landmark sponsorship of a signature gallery space here at the Saint John Arts Centre, and partnership for a biennial artist residency, where a professional artist would be selected to create original works over a period of 10 months. The first residency will include an exhibition in the Port Saint John Gallery in September of 2021.  Subsequent residences will occur in 2023 and 2025.

Paula Copeland, Director, Port Saint John’s Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, is very pleased to share this next step in the new creative venture.

“The aim of the residency is to support community and the arts while elevating profiles and opportunities for New Brunswick artists. The Jury Selection Committee, which consisted of one representative from Saint John Arts Centre, two representatives from Port Saint John, and one professional artist, was highly impressed with both the calibre of artists who applied and the high quality of all sixteen submissions for the first residency.  We at Port Saint John were also highly impressed by the scope and vision of the chosen artist in creating this new body of work; and we look forward to working with Sarah over the next ten months, and eventually seeing the work presented at Saint John Arts Centre in the gallery in September.”

Sarah Sackville’s body of work can be viewed on her site sarahsackville.ca and some of her work is currently exhibited at the Spicer Merrifield Gallery in Saint John.


For a background on the partnership with the Saint John Arts Centre and the Port Saint John Artist in Residency program, see this short video (approx. 3 minutes) with interviews: