Programs / Emerging Atlantic Artist Residency



Sarah Fillmore

Sarah Fillmore is Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. She has worked at the AGNS since 2005, overseeing the provincial art collection, as well as the Gallery’s acquisition, interpretation, education, conservation and exhibition programs, and Artist-in-Residence program. Fillmore is chair of the jury for the annual Sobey Art Award; Canada’s preeminent award for artists forty and under. 

Fillmore has curated group and solo exhibitions including the retrospective exhibition of Canadian Abstract painter, Jacques Hurtubise, Skin: the seduction of surfaceForces of NatureThe Last FrontierOpen Tuning (WaveUp) by Stephen Kelly, Lisa Lipton: Stop@forever and, since 2008, the Sobey Art Award exhibition. Recent work includes an exhibition of Graeme Patterson, as well as co-curating a major retrospective and accompanying publication of Canadian realist painter Mary Pratt.

Eleanor King

Eleanor King is a Halifax based artist. She received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2001, and is currently a Fulbright Fellow and MFA candidate at Purchase College in New York. She has participated in residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, SOMA Mexico, and The Banff Centre among others. King has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia, and was short-listed for the 2012 Sobey Art Award. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Nuit Blanche Toronto, and Galleri F15 in Norway. Her solo exhibition Dark Utopian at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (2015), was highlighted in a feature-length cover article for Canadian Art magazine. Previously, King was an instructor at NSCAD University, and a Director at Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is represented by Diaz Contemporary in Toronto.

Amish Morrell

Amish Morrell is Editor of C Magazine and Director of Programs at C The Visual Art Foundation. He has taught the History of Photography, Photo Theory and Criticism, and the History of Contemporary Art and Visual Culture at both the University of Toronto Mississauga and at Ryerson University. He currently teaches in the graduate Criticism & Curatorial Practice MFA program at OCAD University. He has curated numerous public projects and exhibitions in Atlantic Canada, including The Frontier is Here, Nightwalks with Teenagers and Doing Our Own Thing: Back-to-the-Land in Eastern Canada During the 1970s. He has also written for publications including Art Papers, Ciel Variable, Fuse Magazine, History of Photography and Prefix Photo and for various artist catalogues. 

He is currently working on a curatorial project titled Outdoor School, which will feature contemporary artist projects that explore the landscape and natural areas surrounding the Scarborough campus of the University of Toronto. The exhibition will be presented at the Doris McCarthy Gallery in the fall of 2016. 

Peta Rake

Peta Rake is the Curator of Walter Phillips Gallery and the Banff International Curatorial Institute. She has curated exhibitions at International Studio and Curatorial Program ISCP (New York), CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art (San Francisco), Oakland Museum of California (Oakland), Luggage Store Gallery (San Francisco), Playspace (San Francisco), and Live Worms Gallery (San Francisco). She had previously worked at institutions that include California College of the Arts (San Francisco) and Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane, Australia) as well as the former Archivist at Steven Leiber Basement, a Fluxus and artists’ book archive in San Francisco. She writes regularly for C Magazine and her texts have appeared in Canadian Art, Fillip, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, Rearviews, Institutions by Artists, On Apology and ElevenEleven Journal. She holds a Masters in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts and was the recipient of the 2014 Curator Award from ISCP in New York. Rake is the co-curator of the 2017 Alberta Biennial.

Jeffrey Spalding

Jeffrey Spalding is an artist, writer and curator. His art works are in the principal national public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, The Canadian Embassy, Washington, Art Gallery of Alberta, Glenbow, Mendel Art Gallery and Mackenzie Art Gallery.  He has served as Director at major art museums, including Glenbow Museum, University of Lethbridge, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Appleton Museum of Art, Florida and Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Calgary.  Spalding organized Canada’s art exhibition for Expo 93 Korea and is author of numerous books and exhibition catalogues for museums such as the Tate Gallery and Russia’s Hermitage Museum. Spalding was President Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 2007-2010, recipient of the Alberta College of Art and Design Board of Governors Award of Excellence (1992) awarded the Order of Canada (2007) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). He was named Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary, is a regular contributor to Galleries West magazine and was recently appointed Senior Curator, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick. - See more at:

Stefan St-Laurent

Stefan St-Laurent, multidisciplinary artist and curator, was born in Moncton, New-Brunswick, lives and works in Ottawa. He was the invited curator for the Biennale d’art performatif de Rouyn-Noranda in 2008, and for the 28th and 29th Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul in 2010 and 2011. From 2002 to 2011, he worked as Curator of Galerie SAW Gallery, and has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa since 2010. His performance and video work has been presented in numerous galleries and institutions, including the Centre national de la photographie in Paris, Edsvik Konst och Kultur in Sollentuna (Sweden), YYZ in Toronto, Western Front in Vancouver and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. He has been a curator and programmer for a number of artistic organizations and festivals, including the Lux Centre in London, the Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montréal, Festival international du cinéma francophone in Acadie, Les Rencontres internationales Vidéo Arts Plastiques in Basse-Normandie (France), Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (Moncton), as well as Pleasure Dome, Images Festival of Independent Film and Video and Vtape in Toronto. He is currently Director of the artist-run centre AXENÉO7 in Gatineau.

Anne Macmillan

Anne Macmillan is a Canadian artist from Nova Scotia. Her drawing, video, and animation works investigate arrays of objects through such means as tracking, tracing, describing, and circling. Anne holds a BFA from NSCAD University, and is currently a Fulbright scholar completing her masters degree at MIT. She is the inaugural awardee of the Banff Centre and Hynatyshyn Foundation Emerging Atlantic Artist Award (2016), and a recipient of the Canada Council International Residency Program at La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.