Kelowna selects first ever Artist in Residence

Artist achieves Kelowna 1st

The City of Kelowna has announced they have chosen its first-ever Artist in Residence.

Local artist Melany Nugent-Noble will be sharing her project When it is necessary to stand still beginning in early July. The project explores this year’s theme of social inclusion.

“We’re very excited to have a municipal Artist in Residence program starting here in Kelowna,” said Christine McWillis, Cultural Services Manager. “This program is not only about giving local artists more professional opportunities, but also allowing an opportunity to connect with our community members in new and creative ways. We’re looking forward to seeing how projects like this open a new dialogue about local topics.”

Nugent-Noble’s project will take place over a 12-week period starting on July 7. The project will include the build-out and programming of distance-detecting light beacons. Through a series of 10, three-day activations, participating community members will take a beacon with them as they travel throughout the community. The beacons change in colour and light intensity as they detect other beacons coming closer.

“When it is necessary to stand still is a project that aims to create feelings of community, curiosity and connection through art and technology, and I am excited to share it with the Kelowna community,” said Nugent-Noble.

Earlier this year, artists from all disciplines including music, digital and electronic arts, performing arts, visual arts and literary arts were encouraged to submit their creative projects. 

The Artist in Residence program is intended to broaden Kelowna’s experience with arts and culture and stimulate thoughtful conversation on local topics.

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