The arts continue to flourish around town.

The Campbell River Arts Council is excited to introduce its Artist in the Residence program at the Walter Morgan Studio on Highway 19A.

Set to launch sometime this summer, plans for the program have been somewhat altered due to COVID-19.

This means it won’t be open for public drop-in but instead will focus on providing working space for the development of local artistic practice.

“We had originally planned to begin an Artist Residency in 2020 that would aim to attract national interest and would include public workshops, talks and access to the resident artist, but COVID changed our plans,” says executive director Ken Blackburn.

“However, we wanted to make use of the amazing studio space that we now have in the Walter Morgan Studio. The city completed renovations last fall. Even though we are in difficult days, the studio, or ‘shed’ as it has been called over the years, can be put to good use by local artists working on specific projects.”

Two artists, sculptor Orland Hansen (Simutuk) and writer Libby King are set to begin the residency.

As social distancing guidelines ease, the council hopes it brings about opportunities for the local community to interact with both Hansen and King.

If you’d like to learn more about the residency program, send an email to arts.council@crarts.ca.