Artist Residencies

4elements now offers artist residencies.

If you would like to work with 4elements on an existing project, or design your own, please contact us.


2016 Residency

Lisa Hamalainen
Lisa Hamalainen is a theatre artist dedicated to imaginative, immersive storytelling that takes us off the beaten track. By turns actor, director, indie producer and writer, she also translates Russian literature. Lisa shares her time between Manitoulin Island and Toronto.


2014 Residencies

Amanda Thomson

Amanda Thomson joined 4elements for a two-week residency as part of our Animating the Archive project. Amanda is trained primarily as a printmaker but she works also with video, sound and sculpture. Her work is often about landscape, place, and identity. She currently teaches at Glasgow School of Art.

Elizabeth Reeder

Elizabeth Reeder also joined 4elements for the Animating the Archive project. While visiting Manitoulin Island from Scotland, she hosted a writing workshop in July of 2014.

Elizabeth writes novels, stories, essays, and for radio. She teaches creative writing at University of Glasgow.


2012 Residency

Michael Belmore

Michael Belmore joined 4e for a two-week residency as part of our Bonnie Blink project that brought together 8 artists, 23 physical and human geography students from Queen's University and two researchers. While students worked to examine the physical geography of our research site, and human geographers researched the cultural and social history(ies) of the place, the artists worked between the science and humanities disciplines. Michael created a number of site-specific installations as part of his research and as commentary on both the history of the site and the research process. He also worked closely with community members and primary students in workshops, talks and presentations.

Michael Belmore is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and graduated with an A.O.C.A. in sculpture/installation from Ontario College of Art & Design in 1994. Belmore employs a variety of media in order to investigate our use of technology and how it has affected our relationship to the environment. It is through his use of materials that Belmore brings into account how we view nature as commodity.

Belmore's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in the permanent collections of various institutions and numerous private collections. His most recent exhibitions include Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art at the Peabody Essex in Salem, MA, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, an international exhibition of contemporary indigenous art in Winnipeg, MB and HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor at the National Museum of the American Indian – George Gustav Heye Centre in New York.