Sunday, November 27, 2022

Release: Hamilton Arts Council Announces New Artist-in-Residence

Today, the Hamilton Arts Council proudly announced Mosa McNeilly as their Artist In Residence at The Cotton Factory from November 2021 through April 2022.

Mosa McNeilly is an artist, educator, editor, and cultural consultant. She works through interdisciplinary methodologies of installation, encaustic, and performance. Over her three-decade long career, McNeilly’s artwork has been shown from coast-o-coast, including Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, Metro Convention Centre and Studio Visuals; Montreal’s Articule Artist-Run Centre; Pier 21 and Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax, Houseworks Gallery in Ottawa, and internationally in venues in Grenada, Sacramento and North Korea.

In describing her artistic vision Mosa says, “I see my work as part of a global canon of Black women artists concerned with cultural reclamation, social justice, and freedom. The piece I will be developing during this residency will become a memorial to the Middle Passage, centring the Black female subject, and employing hybrid iconographies,” says Mosa. 

Her work will premiere in the DAWA (Diasporic African Women Artists) cross-Canada touring exhibition. Mosa is a member of the DAWA Collective, whose work is grounded in an ethic of radical care for Black women artists in Canada. “The exhibition will open at A Space Gallery in Toronto and culminate at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Many thanks to Hamilton Arts Council and The Cotton Factory for this opportunity which affords me the time and space to focus on the completion of this work.”

The Artist In Residence Program is a partnership between Hamilton Arts Council and The Cotton Factory, providing access to free studio space along with the associated benefits of being absorbed in the creative ecology of an artistic industries complex that is home to a variety of artists, makers and galleries. 

Mosa was selected by a jury of visual and multidisciplinary artists who reflected upon the strengths and breadth of creativity portrayed by the emerging and mid-career artists applying to the program. 

“With affordable art space being an increasingly limited commodity for artists in Hamilton, maintaining a consistent and supportive residency program is at the core of Hamilton Arts Council’s mission to provide inclusive opportunities to build connection and sustainability,” states David Hudson, the Arts Council’s Programs & Community Engagement Coordinator.

In addition to a designated studio space at the Cotton Factory, Mosa will be invited to provide an artist talk and showcase her work in the spring of 2022. 

To keep up-to-date with Mosa’s residency experience, or for information on how to apply for future Artist In Residence programs with Hamilton Arts Council, please their website.

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