Winter 2018 Artists in Residency

Posted by Madeleine Till, December 23, 2017

Image c/o Winnie Truong's 2015 Devonshire residency

About the A.I.R. program:

The Drake’s artist-in-residence program has been a key part of the hotel’s cultural identity since we opened in 2004. The program was developed to give visitors access to artists from all over, in a setting that’s less intimidating than a traditional museum.

Our residency program expanded along with our properties when we opened the Drake Devonshire in 2014. The Devonshire offers artists an escape from the city in Prince Edward County, and has hosted several artists including Illustrator Ness Lee, digital artist Alex McLeod, and collective Team Macho. Upcoming Winter residencies at the Devonshire include artists of different disciplines like writers, musicians, and dancers.

Take a peek below a snap shot of the 2018 atists in residence!


Charles Bierk, photo-realist oil painting circa 2015

  <b>Jan 28-30 - Michael Vickers</b>
    <a href="">Michael Vickers</a> works in the space between sculpture, painting and installation. His recent work investigates the limits of different materials and presentation methods - painted, curled and bent forms made of various painted aluminums and steels, etched and engraved stone and marble works, and installations that activate the exhibition space in various ways. Vickers holds an MA in Art History from the University of Toronto and an Honours BA in Visual Arts & Communications. <p>
    <b>Feb 4-7 - Alicia Nauta</b>

Alicia Nauta's practice spans many forms and media while remaining cohesive and easily recognizable. Her signature techniques include collaging printed materials and utilizing patterns and symbols to hint at other worldly spaces.

Feb 11-14 - Charlie Bierk

Charles Bierk is a portrait painter based out of Toronto. His large-scale black and white paintings easily bring to mind early works by acclaimed portrait artist Chuck Close. Bierk (who graduated from OCAD in 2011) photographs close friends, family, and peers before rendering their likeness in hyper-realistic oil paintings.


Alicia Nauta's piece from a 2014 exhibition at The Drake entitled "I LIKE IT BUT WHAT IS IT"

Feb 11-13 - Dr. Draw

Dr. Draw is an accomplished electric violinist, and is recognized as the "first violinist to venture from rock and classical into electronic music culture". Dr. Draw's practice seamlessly melds an old school instrument with contemporary influences.

Feb 25-28 - Dean Drever

Dean Drever is a visual artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. Drever's work explores themes of power, violence, symbolism, and socio-cultural identity. He is well recognized for his piece Bear Hunt, displayed at the Toronto Sculpture Garden and the Vancouver Olympics (2010).


Rajni Perera, WAR (image c/o artist's website)

March 4-7 - Sandra Brewster

A multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto, Sandra Brewster’s practice investigates personal, social, and cultural identity, as well as themes related to representation and identity. Sandra has been the recipient of grants from the Toronto, Ontario, and Canadian Arts Councils. She holds a Masters of Visual Culture of the University of Toronto.

March 18-22 - Peggy Baker

Peggy Baker is an established modern dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She was the first person selected to receive the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. She has also been awarded the Order of Canada for Excellence in the arts. In 1990, Baker founded Peggy Baker Dance Projects a non-profit organization that encourages the growth and sustainment of dance programs.

March 25-28 - Rajni Perera

Though Toronto based, much of Rajni Perera's success has come internationally from exhibits in the US and Europe. Perera herself is Sri Lankan born. Her work represents women of colour, contextualized in dreamy and symbolic laden environments.

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