Location: Picton, Ontario, Canada
Mission: To create an affordable, focused environment that encourages exploration, experimentation and the cultivation of new ideas. To provide access to resources, equipment and expertise that might otherwise be difficult to find. To connect to the larger community through the arts.
Our vision includes bringing art outside the studio and into public space through off-site projects such as public installations, outdoor exhibits, and youth outreach programs. Spark Box Studio is also focused on providing artists with career-building material through our Artist as Entrepreneur package and Artist Residency program.
Kyle Topping and Chrissy Poitras are the owners and operators of Spark Box Studio. Both practicing artists, they are recent graduates of the Fine Arts and Art History programs at Queen’s University.
Prince Edward County is a beautiful island community rich in culture, with an extraordinarily high concentration of artists and art lovers. The County offers something for everyone – artist studios and galleries, an historical theatre showcasing current films, alternative films and stage productions, boutiques with new and vintage clothing, pubs with live music, funky cafes, wineries, farm stands with abundant local produce, meats, and homemade products, and specialty food shops. The County is a great place to get away and enjoy a peaceful, quiet environment with numerous sandy beaches along its shoreline, Provincial Parks and conservation areas with hiking and biking trails, and beautiful rural scenery.
The Prince Edward County benefits from being located between several major Canadian cities. Toronto is located 215km away, a 2.5hr drive. Ottawa is located 271km away, a 3.0hr drive. Montreal is located 363km away, a 4.0hr drive.
Cost: We strive to offer affordable accommodations and studio spaces for resident artists.
Weekend – $115.00 + tax
One week – $315.00 + tax
Two week – $500.00 + tax
Three week – $600.00 + tax
One month – $750.00 + tax
Two months – $1,300.00 + tax
* All prices are listed in Canada dollars (CAD)
** Ontario’s current tax percentage is 13%
Residents using the print studio or photography studio will be subject to equipment and supply fees. The material fees will cover in-house items such as inks, chemicals, rags, blades, scrappers, etc. We also carry materials for sale to print artists (ie. paper, copper, emulsion, etc.). If you are particular about certain materials we urge you to supply and bring your own.
2013 Fall Residency Award
Beginning your career as an emerging artist can be tough, which is why Spark Box Studio is offering FREE RESIDENCIES to fine art students and emerging artists. This residency opportunity is a unique way for young and emerging artists to cultivate new ideas, access a rich library of arts resources, learn about career-building opportunities, and develop an understanding of the art world from a business perspective.
Six emerging artists will receive a one-week (7 days) residency at our studio in Prince Edward County. The selected applicants will be granted a semi-private studio space and given access to the Spark Box Studio equipment and resources, as well, winners will be provided with living accommodations for their week-long stay. They will also have access to career guidance from owners Chrissy Poitras and Kyle Topping.
The Fall Residency Award runs from October 1, 2013 to November 30, 2013. Please be advised that the award is for 7 consecutive days.
Application Fee: $15.00 CAD
Number of Artists: Up to 3 at a time
Accommodations: When you come to stay at Spark Box Studio, you receive a bedroom, a dedicated semi-private studio space and access to our facilities. At Spark Box Studio we have the facilities to do relief printing, intaglio, silkscreen, letterpress, and of course we always have space for painters, drawers, writers, and installation artists.
- Sturges etching press, 48″ x 28″, used for intaglio.
- Parks Press, 48″ x 28″, used for relief.
- Vandercook SP-15, 14″ x 20″ max sheet size.
- Vacuum exposure unit, 30″ x 26″ used for silkscreen and photoplates.
- Silkscreen frames measuring 20″ x 24″, 235-250 mesh count.
- NuArc plate burner 20″ x 24″, for creating plates.
Length of Stay: Up to 2 months
Demographic: Emerging and Established National and International Artists
Medium: Emerging and professional printmakers, photographers, painters, illustrators and writers
Benefits: Facilities to do relief printing, intaglio, silkscreen, letterpress, Sturges etching press, Parks Press, Vandercook SP-15, Vacuum exposure unit, Silkscreen frames, NuArc plate burner, semi-private studio space, library of arts resources, career-building opportunities, art world from a business perspective, living accommodations, artist as entrepreneur package,