Art Critic Residency Program


The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Art Critic Residency Program

The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation is proud to partner with the Beaverbrook Art Gallery to establish an Art Critic Residency Program. The launch of this exciting opportunity will enhance the critical discourse in our province.

“During an intensive public consultation process in 2014, the need for critical discourse was identified as vital to the career development of New Brunswick artists”, said Louise Imbeault, chair of the Board of Directors of the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation. “We are proud to work in partnership with the Beaverbrook Art Gallery on the critic-in-residence program, which promises to enrich the culture of critical appreciation in our province.”

According to Terry Graff, Director/CEO and Chief Curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, “This new initiative is aimed at nurturing a regional, national and international exchange of critical thinking about contemporary art in New Brunswick.”

The Gallery’s first critic-in-residence is Edgar Allen Beem. His residency in New Brunswick will take place October 18 to 24, 2015 and will involve several studio visits with local artists, a public lecture, and an art writing workshop. His observations of the work of New Brunswick artists will be published by the Gallery in 2016. (more details

The Foundation encourages artists wishing to be considered for a studio visit to contact the Director/CEO, Terry Graff –