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Artists in Place: The Bunkhouse Project at Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo

For immediate release: May 1, 2019 - 10:00am

The City is pleased to announce Artists in Place: The Bunkhouse Project (The Bunkhouse Project), an artist-in-residence pilot program taking place in the historic Bunkhouse at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo. 

Sponsored by the City of Saskatoon, with a grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Artists in Communities program, several local artists were selected to set up studios in the Bunkhouse for a year-long residency. 

“We are pleased to support The Bunkhouse Project through our Artists in Communities grant program. Residencies like these facilitate collaborations between professional artists and members of the public. They make art more accessible to everyone,” says Michael Jones, CEO of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. The Artists in Communities program is supported by funding from SaskCulture, through the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation.

The artists in residence at the Bunkhouse include Danica Lorer (professional storyteller), Lenore Maier (sound artist, musician, filmmaker), Muveddet Al-Katib (visual artist), Wendy Sharpe (painter, fibre artist, filmmaker) and Marcel Petit (producer, filmmaker, actor, photographer, playwright). 

“The Bunkhouse Project furthers one of the key directions of the City’s Culture Plan, which is to Foster Creative Placemaking,” says Kevin Kitchen, the City’s Manager of Community Development.  “By partnering with the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo to renovate and reimagine the Bunkhouse as artist studio space, we are able to provide a platform to host artists and engage the community through public art projects.”

Over the course of their residencies, these artists will be working on a variety of different interactive projects including story creation workshops; monthly sohbets (conversations) where participants will explore the symbols of their culture and create small paintings; a stop-motion animation workshop; and, opportunities to spin wool into yarn. In addition to their community engagement projects, each artist will provide an artist talk about their art practice. 

“It is very exciting to have the artists here at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo, bringing new life to the Bunkhouse and engaging with the public,” says Tim Sinclair-Smith, Manager of the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo.  “The renovations to the building are impressive.  Many people have worked hard to restore the building from what had become a storage facility to the beautiful space it is today.”

For more information on The Bunkhouse Project, including a schedule of activities, please visit