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Media Release
May 3, 2017
Halifax, NS

Andrea Tsang Jackson Named as Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 2017 Artist-in-Residence

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is delighted to welcome Andrea Tsang Jackson as their Artist-in-Residence for 2017. Tsang Jackson is an emerging textile artist born in Ottawa, Ontario and currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Tsang Jackson 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 Uppercase, Flare, the Chronicle Herald, and The Coast: Halifax’s Weekly. She was the recipient of the Etsy Canada Award for New Talent in 2016.

During her summer residency at the Museum, she will collaborate with the public on THE “HERE AND ELSEWHERE” BEE. This project is inspired by the children’s storybook Selina and the Bear Paw Quilt by American-born writer Barbara Smucker. The author herself lived in Canada for twenty-four years of her life, a period when she published much of her work, including the classic Underground to Canada.

The project gives a physical representation of the theme of “Arrival” in the Canada: Day 1 exhibit. It will be a hands-on way to understand how personal objects can hold special meaning, especially when made by hand. The project materials will be presented in vintage suitcases, referring to the moment of arrival in a new place and encourages visitors to think about the tangible and intangible things that immigrants bring to Canada. Visitors’ personal stories of initial experiences in Canada can be told through their contribution to the quilt.

Quick Facts

  • The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s Artist-in-Residence program allows an artist to create new work that contributes to the Museum’s mandate while advancing their art practice.
  • Andrea Tsang Jackson will be the Museum’s second Artist-in-Residence from May 23 to October 31, 2017. The compensation for this six month program is $15,000 including materials. She will be onsite generally two days a week (Tuesdays/ Saturdays)
  • For the project, visitors will be invited to create a “Bear Paw” quilt block out of pre-cut fabric with an adhesive backing. The blocks will form a larger design, representing how our personal stories form a collective migration story of coming from “elsewhere”.


“Andrea Tsang Jackson’s quilt project is a physical expression of storytelling. Tsang Jackson’s thoughtful process combines art and craft resulting in beautiful and meaningful creations both elevating and paying tribute to the treasures from home that people brought to Canada. This project will provide a creative, fun and insightful experience for our visitors.”
- Marie Chapman, CEO, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

“The project is less about my work as an artist, and more about facilitating the telling of people’s stories. The data that I collect through conversations with them about their quilt block will inform the overall quilt design. My hope is that visitors’ interaction with quilting as a modern art form will be approachable, enlightening, and shed light on their personal histories.”
- Andrea Tsang Jackson, Artist-in-Residence, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

About the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 collects, shares and pays tribute to the Canadian immigration story. The Museum is situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. Today, the Museum shares the stories and experiences of all immigrants to Canada, past to present day. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 enhances public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada, highlights the vital role immigration has played in the building of our country and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life. It is Canada’s sixth national museum and the only one located in Atlantic Canada.


Media Contact
Jennifer Sutherland
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Telephone: (902) 425-7770 ext. 289

Please contact to arrange an interview with the artist.