The Eden Grove Artist in Residence program offers artists the opportunity to be immersed in ancient temperate rainforest ecosystems while witnessing the frontlines of the forest protection movement and building relationships with the local community.
The intersections of art, ecology, activism and culture merge in this remarkable location and moment in history, providing rich terrain for art making. The project is growing to include a diverse group of artists, both indigenous and non-indigenous, who work in a range of art forms, from painting and photography to carving and performance.
The residency site is a 5 minute walk from the Eden Grove protection camp, established in December 2020 to prevent road building by the Teal Jones corporation and contractors. The Residency program itself is not a protest site. It is a space where artists can listen, learn, create and build relationships across political and cultural differences. We acknowledge and respect Pacheedaht rights and title and are grateful for the opportunity to draw inspiration from these sacred lands. We are committed to building respectful relationships and we hope to grow conversations and connection through the arts activities we engage in during our time on the land.