Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Curtis Botham: Residency and Exhibitions

Visual Artist and former Talent Trust scholarship recipient, Curtis Botham, has been busy creating!

Curtis is one of two Artists in Residence at the Chester Art Centre. As part of the residency there will be an Artist in Residence Exhibition, which runs from June 8 - 15, 2022. The residency and exhibition is being shared between Curtis and textile artist Elise Campbell. 

Artist Statement (from the Chester Art Centre website) 

While in Chester, I’ll depict the local fishing/aquaculture industry, as part of a larger project I’m working on throughout 2022. I’ll avoid touristy, picturesque depictions, aiming instead for a documentary-style representation of the realities of commercial fishing. I hope to give viewers a fresh understanding and appreciation for the processes of fishers/aquaculturists, and how they shape their communities. My Chester project will culminate in a series of charcoal artworks on exhibition. I plan on connecting with the Chester Heritage Society, locals working in the industry, and conservation groups in order to facilitate an honest depiction of this quintessential Maritime industry.  

Curtis also had two pieces purchased by the Nova Scotia Art Bank in 2020 + 2021. Both pieces were made during his first Artist in Residency in New Glasgow (Sept. 2017 to Sept. 2018). The Art Bank is having an exhibition of the last two years' purchases at the Yarmouth Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and one of his drawings (Clear-Cut Forest) will be included in the show. The 2020 and 2021 Art Bank Purchase Exhibition opens Saturday, May 14, 2022. There will be an in-person reception/celebration on Thursday, May 26, 2022. 
Curtis also supports the Talent Trust though the $1,000 Curtis Botham Scholarship. This scholarship will be presented in 2022 to a Talent Trust visual arts applicant, studying at NSCAD University in fine arts (drawing and painting), working towards a Bachelor's degree or doing one of NSCAD's residency programs.  
Botham was the winner of the Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/VANS Award in 2017 and the 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award in 2018.
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