The Eden Grove Artist in Residence program (March to June 2021) offered 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 Pacheedaht Nation and local community.
The intersections of art, ecology, activism and decolonization merged in this remarkable location and moment in history, providing rich terrain for art making. The project grew 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 was 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 was not a protest site. It was 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 unceded lands, with the welcome and guidance of Pacheedaht Elder Bill Jones and others. 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.