The artist-in-residence at Richmond’s Branscombe House is one of the Sobey Art Award’s 25 longlist artists – and has received a $25,000 prize.
Lou Sheppard, a Canadian artist, was named as Branscombe House’s artist-in-residence for 2020 earlier this year. They work in interdisciplinary audio, performance and installation-based practise.
This year, due to COVID-19, the Sobey Art Foundation and National Gallery of Canada chose to distribute $625,000 – which would have covered the award program, artist residencies, exhibition costs and annual gala ceremonies – equally among the 2020 longlisted artists rather than awarding a short list or single winner the usual $100,000 prize.
Sheppard has also been adapting their community engaged programming in response to COVID-19, although there are still opportunities for community participation.
If Richmond residents speak a language other than English and have any words they don’t have a satisfying English translation for, Sheppard would like to connect with them. After gathering these words and their attempted translations with the help of the community, Sheppard will create a series of podcasts and posters.
The Branscombe House Artist Residency takes place in a restored Edwardian-style house in Steveston, at 4900 Steveston Highway near Railway Avenue. It’s one of the earliest homes built in the area.