The Vorres Museum, a non-for-profit institution and the brainchild of Ian Vorres, a visionary Greek Canadian who had dedicated his life in building cultural bridges between the two countries, has launched the annual Vorres Residency program. Through the Residency the Museum will strengthen the existing bi-cultural Canada-Greece ties and in the process assert the museums role as the ‘Canada House' in Athens.

The Vorres Residency

- aims to provide emerging and mid-career Canadian visual artists- all media - art historians, theorists and curators the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of Greek contemporary art through their engagement with the permanent collection of the museum and immerse themselves in creative activities of their choice.

- is committed to introduce the selected resident to local practicing artists, historians and curators in the spirit of cross-cultural exchange that will hone existing skills, promote individual relationships and explore new creative directions.

The recipient of the 2018 Vorres Residency is Michelle Paterok, a talented and promising young artist. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art & Design, Concentration in Painting and Printmaking, from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. She has been the recipient of The Samuel James and Augusta Kreye Deans Award, the Elizabeth Ann Burgess Award in Contemporary Art, the Roger S. Smith Undergraduate Researcher Award, the Jason Lang Scholarship, and the Prince Takamado Japan-Canada Memorial Fund Summer Travel Award, among others. Paterok has taken part in numerous exhibitions in Canada.

For Michelle, the Vorres experience will be a unique opportunity for artistic innovation, connections and creativity: «A residency at the Vorres Museum of Contemporary Greek Art and Folk Art would provide an invaluable opportunity for me to begin a new body of work, drawing on the museum’s extensive collection of both contemporary and folk art, as well as the architecture (particularly “afthereto” and refugee housing) and landscape of Athens and Paiania. It is an indispensable chance to acquaint myself with Greece’s dynamic contemporary arts and culture scene while reinforcing Greek- Canadian ties and exchange—especially timely and critical in this era of the refugee crisis. I intend to create a new series of paintings examining the politics and history of housing and urban planning in Greece, informed by photographic and archival research as well as my engagement with the museum’s permanent collections».

Michelle lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Duration of the 2018 Residency: May 1-31.

News and Images from our past residents:

The artist-in-residence for 2017 was Dr. Jean-René Leblanc. He is an Associate professor in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and he is not a stranger to the Vorres Museum: Jean-René was one of the three participating artists in our exhibition Bodies, Differently (2015). Leblanc’s practice is focused but not limited to digital media, cultural issues and critical theory. During his stay with us in May 2017, he used infra-red photography, interactive performance and video to document and generate dialogue between -- and about-- contemporary and historical landscapes and economic practices.

Jean Rene’s feedback on the residency here

Eveline Kolijn (2015) said about her time at the Vorres Museum: The Museum is a place of beauty, harmony and reflection. It gave me inspiration, peace and quiet to pursue new directions, improvise and create new works that were exhibited in Alberta, Canada as well as in Chongqing, China. In the images that follow: a composite of exhibited works as well as visual diary from her work space at Vorres.

Allyson Glenn (2016), an Associate Professor in the Arts Department of the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, said about her time at the Vorres Residency: “I was most fascinated by the maze-like architectural grounds that surround the Folklore section containing countless sculpture replicas of gods, demi-gods and mythological characters. I used the month-long residency to explore this section and to gather several on-site sketches, paintings, and photographic collages. In Canada, these images will be used to develop a series of paintings entitled Kingdom (Passage).”