Artist Residency Program

The Vancouver Biennale International Artist Residency Program is an unprecedented opportunity for international and Canadian artists from various backgrounds, regions, political histories and artistic disciplines to come together and share their practices whilst engaging with the diverse communities and public spaces of the city. Vik Muniz, renowned Brazilian artist and residency alumni has said, “Art is the stuff of transformation.” This is the core vision of the Biennale and the objective of the overall Artist Residency Program.

Through the theme of ‘re-IMAGE-n’, the 2018-2020 Residency Program will invite 60 diverse artists from six continents to participate in this program of transformative experiences that will engage the community and reverberate around the world. The artists have been nominated by prominent contemporary curators, due to their work’s political urgency and material relevance to our times.

LEGACY – Using Art as a Catalyst to Transform the World Around us

Martin Luther King, in his I Have a Dream speech said “I have a dream that one day … we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood”. It is our dream that the Biennale via our public art installations, artist residencies, and BIG IDEAS cross-curricular education program will be the gateway for such radical thinking, reaching beyond borders and opening the doors for greater inclusivity and cross-cultural dialogue.

The Artist Residency Program is unique in that it is designed to be a gathering of some of the brightest young artistic talent from around the world with local artists and arts community for the purpose of sharing, collaborating and ‘making’.


The Residency Program is inspired by Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream”.