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Artist-in-Residence Program

Aquil Virani, Artist-in-Residence 2021

Award-winning visual artist, graphic designer and filmmaker Aquil Virani has been selected for the Museum’s first virtual residency.

Inspired by the Museum’s new film "Contributions" playing in the Canadian Immigration Hall, Aquil's proposed project invites participants across Canada to digitally submit stories of the immigrant heroes in their lives – whether in writing, photographs, drawings or video – to

Share your story and watch as Aquil integrates the public submissions into a large-scale collaborative artwork and video. Once completed, viewers can click on the final image of the project at to see a high-resolution version of the piece and relish in the details.

Artist Katarina Marinic.

2019 - An Ocean of Change
Katarina Marinic

Katarina recently graduated with an MFA from NSCAD University in 2019. She has a BFA with a major in photography from NSCAD in 2017, and a diploma in Applied Photography from Sheridan College.

artist Shauna MacLeod

2018 - Refuge Canada
Shauna MacLeod

Shauna MacLeod is a NSCAD graduate who has been working as a studio potter since 2012. She is one of a handful of ceramic artists working with Nova Scotia red earthenware clay.

artist Andrea Tsang

Andrea Tsang Jackson

Andrea is an emerging textile artist who holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from McGill University and a Master’s Degree in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work has been published in Flare, the Chronicle Herald, and The Coast.

man smiling holding a banner

2016 - To Those Still At Sea...
Kyle Jackson

Kyle Jackson is a multidisciplinary artist who works with paint and interactive sculpture. A graduate of NSCADU with a Degree in Painting, Kyle’s art practice is primarily spent creating and building work to charm and engage the world.