“The Artist in Residence Program at Cape Breton Highlands National Park is an opportunity for an artist to immerse themselves in their art while surrounded by nature’s beauty. We welcome Kelsie Young as this year’s Artist in Residence. I’m sure she will find inspiration in the natural beauty of the landscape and the breathtaking fall colours of Cape Breton.”
Mr. Jaime Battiste,
Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria
“The Centre is excited to welcome Kelsie Young to Cape Breton. It is not every day that an artist has the opportunity to live and be inspired by the stunning natural landscapes of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. We are thrilled that this program continues to be a success and we look forward to continuing this partnership with Parks Canada.”
Executive Director, Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design
“The Artist in Residence program at the Cape Breton Highlands National Park will leave an unforgettable and lasting impression on my artistic practice. Dream catchers are a form of traditional healing medicine and my artistic expression of the dream catcher is about celebrating and capturing the beauty, oddities, and complexities that can only be found in nature.
The first step of my creative process happens when I am grounded and connected with the land. This Residency will allow me to slow down and become fully immersed in the unforgettable landscapes of this national park and fully explore the East Coast of Canada.
I am extremely grateful to Parks Canada and The Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, for the independent time and space to focus on my artwork. This residency will also provide an amazing opportunity to showcase my artwork to new audiences on an international level.”
Artist in Residence
Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, a non-profit charitable organization, is an integral and leading force in the educational, promotional and economic development of the craft sector on Cape Breton Island with a membership of over 300 individuals and organizations throughout the Island.
Parks Canada manages one of the finest and most extensive systems of natural and cultural heritage places in the world. National parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are.
Parks Canada has offered an Artist in Residence Program at other locations throughout the country including Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, Banff National Park, Gros Morne National Park and Terra Nova National Park, amongst others.